Nov 28, 2017

Advent Penance Service (Sacrament of Reconciliation) The Advent Penance Service for St. Ann and Sacred Heart will take place in the Sacred Heart Church location on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.  It will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a seven to ten minute examination of conscience, and will continue with individual confessions being heard by a number of priests in the many confessional alcoves located in the circumference of the worship space.  If you want to avoid confession lines, please plan to avail yourself of this opportunity.

December 8 Feast of Immaculate Conception The schedule for Masses at Sacred Heart for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception begins on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.  Masses on Friday, December 8 are at 7:00 a.m.  The 10:00 a.m. Remember, the school Mass at Sacred Heart is security restricted (access restricted so that adults must enter through main school doors).  There will also be Mass at Sacred Heart on Friday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m.  

The schedule for Masses at St. Ann for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception begins on Thursday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m.  I have Mass at St. Ann on Friday, December 8 at 6:00 a.m. (please note that this is one half hour earlier than usual because of the regular Friday Mass schedule).  I have the school Mass at the regular 8:00 a.m. time. 

Reflection on Scripture

Happy New Year!  What?   That’s not for a month yet.  Well, for the Catholic Church, the First Sunday of Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year.  As of today, we move from Cycle A for the readings to Cycle B.  The readings at Sunday Mass for the past year, particularly the gospel readings, have for the most part come from the Gospel of St. Matthew.  We will begin to read now from the Gospel of St. Mark. 

Advent, as a season, is divided into two parts.  Early Advent runs from the First Sunday of Advent until December 16.  Late Advent begins on December 17 and runs until Christmas.  Early Advent focuses on the eschatological (end of time) theme of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.   Late Advent focuses on preparing for the celebration of the first coming of Christ which we celebrate with the birth of Christ (Christmas). 

The readings for the First Sunday of Advent are all about being prepared for the Second Coming of Christ.  Since no one knows the day or the hour, we must remain vigilant and keep watch so we are ready.  The military sentry who is found sleeping is derelict.  We must wait and watch without becoming complacent.  We must remain alert.

Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent

Is 40:1-5, 9-11

2 Pt 3:8-14

Mk 1:1-8

Theme:   John the Baptist