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From the Pastor's Desk - November 24, 2013

Dear Parishioners,
As we begin Advent this weekend, it is important that we do especially two things in preparation for Christmas.

First, we need to find time for quiet prayer, whether we do this at home or stop by the Church. From before morning Mass each day until at least 9:00 PM the church is open, so I encourage stopping by once a week during Advent for some quiet prayer time in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. If you cannot do this, you might consider praying what is traditionally called the "St. Andrew Novena," which is prayed fifteen times a day from the feast day of St. Andrew until Christmas Day. The prayer is the following:

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
In which the Son of God was born
 Of the most pure Virgin Mary,
at midnight, in Bethlehem,
in the piercing cold.
In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee,
O my God,
to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
[hear mention your request]
through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

Second, the best preparation for Christmas is to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, i.e., go to confession. As you will see in the insert in this week's bulletin,  in addition to the regular confession time on Saturdays (4:00 to 4:45 PM), there will be an Advent Penance Service on Monday, December 16 at 7:00 PM and on the weekdays and weekend just before Christmas I have scheduled extra times for confessions.

        Have a wonderful and grace-filled week.  
God bless you,Fr. Gutowski
   Thanks!

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.

ACTIVITIES IN THE PARISH
Tues., Oct. 17, Ladies Guild, 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 18, RE, 6:15 p.m.