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From the Pastor's Desk - December 16, 2011

Dear Parishioners,
As we enter the last week of Advent in preparation for Christmas, if you have not already received the sacrament of Penance I encourage you to do so. Whether you come here to St. Joseph (see the confession schedule in the bulletin, especially noting the reconciliation service on Wednesday, December 21st when two other priests will be here to help hear confessions) or choose to go to another parish, there is no better spiritual preparation for Christmas then going to confession. Remember that if one is conscious of having committed any mortal sin (for example, deliberately not attending Mass on Sunday or a holy day of obligation without a serious reason to do so such as an incapacitating illness, deliberately committing sins of impurity against the sixth commandment, etc.) one should go to confession as soon as is possible and must do so before receiving Holy Communion again. As I did last year before Christmas, I am putting in the bulletin an examination of conscience sheet to assist you in knowing what you need to confess. Jesus was born into our world to save us from our sins and therefore gave us the sacrament of Reconciliation as the place where we personally receive His mercy and forgiveness of our sins. The peace that comes to us when we receive this beautiful sacrament is His Christmas gift to us.
God bless and have a wonderful grace-filled week.  Fr. Gutowski

This Week

Prayer Intention for the Week
For the sick: Joyce Cockerill, Kathy Ewing, Harriet Green, Ted Riha, Duane Poser, Sally Leyden, Chrissy Skinner, Jerry Martin, Dorothy Foged.

ACTIVITIES IN THE PARISH
Sat., Dec. 9, Springfielder at Heart Dinner
Sun., Dec. 10, Christmas Open House 3 – 5 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 13, RE, 6:15 P.M.