Hope you had a good week with comparatively warmer weather. We can not look for this weather for long. Brace yourselves for colder weather in the near future. Good luck.
We are now starting a new liturgical year from this Sunday. We are entering in to a new season, Advent. This is a time of waiting in hope for the coming of our Lord Jesus. As we enter in to these days of preparation and waiting, we need to do some important things in this time. This season is not concerned only with decorations of the house, cleaning, purchase of new clothing and other stuff. But it is mostly concerned with the decorations of the heart and preparing it well to receive Him.
When I say decorations of heart I mean that we need to make a good confession and prepare ourselves for a worthy celebration of the Holy Eucharist on the Day. I have seen many decorations all over the cities and towns. They are only external preparation. But all the same they tell us how important is that day for those who wait for that day. That is why I said that we need to make a good confession to celebrate the feast in a meaningful way.
What amount of preparation do we do for the welcoming of our friends, relatives, coworkers, even some acquaintances? We do all these that they may feel at ease and that they should not feel unwelcomed and that they should not be offended by our indifference. If we could do so much for our earthly people, how much more do we need to do for the heavenly person who comes to meet us. Definitely we need to do thousands and thousands of time more for the coming of the Savior. Making a good confession and celebrating the Holy Eucharist is the only way to welcome Him in our midst.
Another thing that we need to do is that, we need to do an evangelizing work. That is to inform people about the importance of making confession in this season and asking them to come for confession. The people may include our children, our friends, our parishioners, our relatives, anybody who has not made confession for a long time and anybody you may think of. This adds flavor to our preparatory work.
To help you in this regard I would like to offer more time for making your confession. I will be in the confessional for an hour on the weekends. The time is as below:
St. Michael’s, Hewitt: Saturday (9th and 16th December) 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm
St. Mary’s, Auburndale: Sunday (10th and 17th December) 7.30 am to 8.30 am
St. Kilian’s, Blenker: (10th and 17th December) 10.00 am to 10.30 am and 11.30 am to 12.00 pm.
If need be I will be available after the weekday masses at the prior notice from anybody. Kindly make use of this chance and make a good confession and celebrate the Christmas in a meaningful and fruitful manner.
Yours sincerely in Christ Jesus, Fr. A. Antony