December blessings everyone,
Third week of Advent blessings to you all. I hope you can take time out of your schedule to reflect and be blessed with a penance service during your Advent journey. We have one here at St. Louis de Montfort TONIGHT. On the daily Advent program from Matthew Kelly “Best Advent Ever” there was a fantastic overview of the gift of the sacrament of reconciliation in this reflection; watching it will only take 2 minutes of your time: http://dynamiccatholic.com/year-of-mercy/best-advent-ever/forgive-offenses-willingly/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=121115&utm_content=text&utm_campaign=bae15 It gave me new insight into forgiveness.
Parish Advent Penance Service: TONIGHT: Monday, December 14th our parish will hold an English penance service beginning at 7:00pm in the church. There will be a Spanish penance service on Tuesday, December 15th also at 7:00pm in the church. This will be a wonderful opportunity to go to confession prior to Christmas and there are usually ~8-10 priests available to hear confessions at the service.
This week is our last week of CLASSES before our Christmas and New Year’s break: WE HAVE CLASSES this Wednesday, December 16th & Thursday, December 17th
NO CLASSES December 23/24, December 30/31 and January 6/7.
Classes will resume January 13/14.
Chapel to Church ½ Marathon Run/Walk: Saturday, January 30, 2016. You can register at active.com and for more information go to: www.sldmrun.com This run/walk will benefit Catholic Charities of Santa Maria Valley.
Thought for the week: “Mercy is the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.” –Pope Francis
Tip of the week: This weekend of December 12/13 our parish formally blessed and opened the Holy Door for the Jubilee. St Louis de Montfort has been chosen to be a pilgrim station Church for the north of the Archdiocese. This is a great honor. We start the jubilee simply by throwing open our doors to welcome everyone. We are to be an inclusive Church, open to all who “seek you with a sincere heart” as we pray in Eucharistic Prayer IV. I have attached a blessing you can use to bless a door in your home as a door of mercy for the year.
Director of Religious Education
Junior High Ministry
St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church