As we make our way through Advent, the focus of the season turns toward a more intense preparation for Christmas. In these last days of Advent, we focus on the mystery of the Word made flesh, the wonder that our God deigned to take our human nature in every way, save sin, and live among us. A careful pondering of this mystery can be a marvelous spiritual exercise.
In the parish, we have our second annual Festival of Lessons and Carols this Sunday evening at 6:00 PM in the church. The focus of this service will be on the ancient custom of singing and praying the “O Antiphons,” which constitute the traditional, even venerable Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”
In the next two weeks, we are offering additional hours for the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which should be part of every proper observance of Advent. We will hear confessions on Monday evening of this week from 6:00 to 7:15 PM and there will be two hours for confessions next Saturday, December 20, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Confessions will be heard also on Monday, December 22, from 6:00 to 7:15 PM and finally on Christmas Eve morning from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
Finally, we are in need of several Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. If anyone is interested in assisting in this sacred and important ministry, I ask that you contact me either in person after one of the Masses or call the rectory at 203-878-3571. There are some requirements connected with eligibility set down by the Archdiocese. If you meet the requirements and are willing to offer yourself in service, I will send you for a training session sponsored by the Archdiocese, and once that is completed, you will be commissioned here at St. Mary at a weekend Mass.
Rev. Aidan N. Donahue
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