Second Sunday of Advent. - The theme for this Sunday is CONVERSION. St. John the Baptist makes his appearance. He announces to us this Sunday, crying out in the desert: "Prepare the Way of the Lord!" The best way to prepare for the Lord is to be clean inside, pure, like a clean manger. Let us visit the Sacrament of Reconciliation and ask the Lord forgiveness for anything that we have done, or failed to do, that has offended Him who is all good and deserving of all of our love. "To those who have been far away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation and forgiving love, I make this appeal: Come back to this source of grace, do not be afraid! Christ himself is waiting for you. He will heal you, and you will be at peace with God!" - St. John Paul II, homily on Sept. 13, 1987, at Westover Hills, San Antonio, Texas.
Christmas Day falls on a Monday this year. That means that we have to attend Sunday Mass AND also one of the two evening Christmas Masses or the Midnight Mass or the Christmas Day Mass. Christmas Masses do not count for Sunday Masses.
Sign up sheets for liturgical ministers for the Christmas Masses are found in the entryways of church.
New Year's Masses, The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, aka New Year's, is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year even though they also fall on a Monday this year. Mass attendance is suggested.
After December 16th - the Advent weekdays are intended to serve to prepare for Christmas more directly. We can now bring out the Christmas trees and bless them! This day is when the Christmas Novena starts. Feel free to bring your Christmas items for a blessing anytime during the week or weekend. You can bless them at home too, it's a great tradition. We are preparing for Jesus, the Messiah, don't let the hustle and bustle of the season to keep you from preparing the way of the Lord. By fulfilling our Mass obligation on Sundays and by going to Confession often and by enjoying the Christmas decorating, we can truly prepare our hearts for the Lord.
Bless Our Priests Collection Envelopes - Make sure to remember the retired priests of our diocese by making a gift to the Bless Our Priests collection. This collection is used to directly support all retired priests welfare including the rising cost of healthcare, long-term care and medical costs. Please return your gift in the envelopes available at all Masses this weekend. Your generosity supports retired priests from all 11 counties of our Diocese!
Priests for the Future - Thank you for your support of the Priests for Our Future: The Church Is Alive! campaign. Please continue to fulfill your pledge to ensure enough funds to educate our future priests. To ensure accurate tax statements, any payment that is postmarked by December 31st will be added to your tax statement mailed in January. Anything postmarked after that will go towards your 2018 tax statement. As a reminder, the diocese DOES NOT SEND any envelopes or reminders for this campaign, please mail all payments to:
Priests for Our Future Campaign
P.O. Box 44983
Madison, WI 53744-4983
Our Parish results thus far are as follows:
Healthy eating - An elderly couple, admitted by St. Peter through the Pearly Gates, found conditions there just heavenly. Said the man to his wife, "I could have been here two years ago if you hadn’t fed me all that oat bran."
Monday December 11 - No Mass
Tuesday December 12 -
8:15 am - Marshall - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Gianna & Gerard Karlen
9:30 am - Highland House - Waterloo - Special Intention
Wednesday December 13 - 8:15 am - Waterloo - Saint Lucy, Virgin, Martyr - Matt Annen
Thursday December 14 - 8:15 am - Marshall - Saint John of the Cross, Priest, Doctor of the Church - Marvin Weeden
Friday December 15 - 8:15 am - Waterloo - Advent Weekday - Ila Lamsargis
Saturday December 16 - 8:15 am - Marshall- Advent Weekday - Marion Stuntebeck
8:45 am - Rosary
9:00 am - Confessions
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
4:00 pm - Waterloo - Whitey Schoen
8:30 am - Waterloo - Pro Populo
10:30 am - Marshall - Marilyn Van de Kamp
12:30 pm - Marshall - Spanish - Special Intention