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Letter From Bulletin on December 3, 2017

The New Liturgical Year B – We begin our new liturgical year as always with the season of Advent. "Advent has a two–fold character, for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered, and likewise a time when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time.

For these two seasons, Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight” (Universal Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, 39). The purpose of Advent is to help us prepare for Christmas and the important thing is to prepare for the Second coming of Christ.

The first thing the Church tells us is that Second Coming of Christ may be closer than we think. On the first Sunday of Advent, the Church focuses on this as Jesus says in the Gospel: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.” How do we prepare ourselves when Christ is coming the second time? How do we prepare ourselves to welcome Christ coming into our hearts, into our family and into our world? We are called to "be vigilant at all times" since we don't know when the Lord will come again. We have only 20 days to do many things. Can we make this the year that we do more than eating, drinking, shopping, writing cards, decorating, and opening presents?

Can we prepare a place within ourselves for the Lord?

Parish Activities during Advent - In order to make this Advent Season more meaningful, please join us for the following events:

PARISH GIVING TREE - Gift tags are available on the tree in back of church and unwrapped gifts are due back the weekend of December 16 and 17.

DIVINE MERCY HOLY HOUR - Monday, December 4 at 7 PM in the Church.

COOKIE WALK AND BREAKFAST - Sunday, December 10 after the morning Masses in the gym.

ADVENT and CHRISTMAS CONCERT - Sunday, December 10 at 2 PM in the Church.

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE MASS - Tuesday, December 12 at
7 PM in the Church.

CONFESSIONS - Saturday, December 16 from 8:30 to 9 AM and 3:30 to 4:30 PM - Polish Confessions available from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.

PARISH RECONCILIATION SERVICE - Monday, December 18 at
7 PM in the Church.

SIMBANG GABI - Saturday, December 16 at 5 PM Mass with reception after in the gym.

During this Advent season, we will offer the Little Blue Book for you to reflect upon. It is a 6 minute reflection on the Scripture readings about our Savior. I encourage you to take a book home and use it as a guide for your daily reflection during Advent. Let us open our hearts and minds to let the Lord enter into our lives and let us use this Advent season as an opportunity for us to prepare well for the coming of Our Savior Jesus Christ. May the spirit of Advent help us to prepare well for the beginning of the New Liturgical Year!

May God always bless you and bless the St. Celestine Family!

In Prayer,
Fr. Paul Cao