Sacrament of Reconciliation (Special Times)
I will have confessions at St. Ann from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Monday, December 21. I will have confessions at Sacred Heart from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22. Feel free to go to confession in either parish location.
Christmas Mass Schedule
Sacred Heart has Christmas Eve Masses at 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. and Midnight. St. Ann has Christmas Eve Masses at 5:15 p.m. 10:00 p.m. and Midnight. The Sunday Mass times will be followed by both parishes on Christmas Day. Schedules revealing priest celebrant for each Mass are in the bulletin and available at the doors.
Reflection on Scripture
The Scripture for the Fourth Sunday of Advent recounts Mary and Elizabeth together. The unborn son of Elizabeth is so excited that Jesus is near that he (John the Baptist) leaps for joy inside his mother Elizabeth. Mary is carrying the Messiah, the Savior of the World inside her. God allows two unborn babies to react to each other’s presence while yet unborn.
Is it not tragic that people can read Luke’s gospel and see the encounter of John the Baptist and Jesus as unborn babies and find this reasonable; and yet in our civil law, an abortionist can kill such a baby right up to the time they would be born. Obviously, people who believe in Jesus and are thinking, rational people cannot abide this.
This Fourth Sunday of Advent should remind us that in Scripture, Theology, Science, and Common Sense, “Human life begins at conception.” Let us redouble our efforts to protect human life.
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