December 13, 2015
Today is Gaudete Sunday which means a Sunday to rejoice for the Lord is near. With troubles in our world and so many struggles in people’s lives, the call to rejoice can seem disconnected from our lives. Yet we as Christians proclaim the Lord is near to us today. Christ is near in the Eucharist, in prayer and in the midst of our lives. Faith opens our eyes to the presence of Christ in our world. Knowing God is with us in the midst of our messy world is reason for hope and a reason to rejoice. One sign of a healthy faith is a joy that comes from a deep connection and trust in God. What part of the Gospel leads you to joy? Where do you find joy in your life? How can you share that joy? Pope Francis tells us we as Church should be signs of mercy and joy. Is that what people see in each of us?
Our Christmas Eve Masses are at 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. and the Christmas day Mass is at 10:00 a.m. The only Mass that will be overflowing is the 4:00 p.m. Mass Christmas Eve. I expect the 6:00 p.m. Mass to be comfortably full. There will be plenty of room in the other Masses.
Consider making a special year-end gift to St. Vincent de Paul Church. The need for your gifts is real as we have delayed some payments since our bank balance is so low. Your year-end gifts allow us to build up funds that carry us through June. Our ministries to the youth, faith formation for all, and outreach to those in need in our community are all going strong. Help support the great work happening here at St. Vincent’s. We need you.
Please pray for our Confirmation Candidates who are recognized in our liturgies this weekend. We have 74 young people preparing for Confirmation this year.
There will be no Good Wine ministry this Thursday. We will meet again January 21, 2016.