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My Spirit Rejoices in God my Savior

12-17-2017We Celebrate Worship Resource, Vol. 43, No. 1

Today we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, Gaudete meaning rejoice in Latin. The Church marks this Sunday as an occasion to focus on the joy, instead of the anxiety, in our wait for Jesus’ coming. Many of us are in panic mode at this time as we try to do all the things we need to do by Christmas. But today is a day of rejoicing. In the reading from Isaiah, God’s chosen people had just returned from exile. They are truly feeling “a year of favor...a day of vindication” (Isaiah 61:2). In the responsorial psalm we hear the words of Mary after she was visited by the angel Gabriel. She had been anxious when the angel first told her the news and no doubt would be anxious again when traveling to Bethlehem in her ninth month. But for now she proclaims, “my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:47), and praises what God has done for her and God’s chosen people. Paul likewise encouraged the Thessalonians to “Rejoice always” (1 Thessalonians 5:16). And in the Gospel John introduces us to John the Baptist, who quotes Isaiah as “ the voice of one crying out in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord’” (John 1:23).

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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Fridays 6:00-7:00pm in the Chapel, Dec 8, 2017 - Nov 23, 2018

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Advent Evening Prayer
Dec 13 6:30pm

Every Wednesday during Advent at 6:30pm in the Chapel - Dec 13, 20

The priests will be available for confession after the Dec 6 and Dec 13 dates in the Chapel.

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Misas de Aguinaldo
Dec 16 - Dec 24 5:00am

Acompáñenos en las Misas de Aguinaldo del 16-24 de diciembre a las 5:00am en la Iglesia.

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Mission Trip Fundraiser: Annie's Bakery
Dec 16 - Dec 17

after all Masses the weekend of Dec 16/17. Just $12 each.