December 24 – St. Bernard’s – 5:00 pm
December 24 – Our Lady of the Assumption -7:00 pm
December 24 – St. Bernard’s – 11:59 pm
December 25 – St. Bernard’s – 9:00 am
December 25 – Our Lady of The Assumption – 11:00 am
December 31 – Our Lady of The Assumption – 5:00 pm
January 1 – St. Bernard’s – 9:00 am
Gospel Lk 3:10-18
2019 donation envelopes will be available in the gathering areas of both churches.
The Ignatian Spirituality Blog, has an excellent selection of Advent Resources available. These include Daily Advent Reflections by email subscription , and an online Advent Calendar.
They may be accessed at Advent Awaits – by Ignatian Spirituality.
Missals for the 2019 Liturgical year are now available at St.Bernard’s and Our Lady of the Assumption. Cost is $5.00 .
Current Announcements from the Diocese Catholic Pastoral Centre may be read HERE:
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Dec. 16 – Third Sunday of Advent
Monday – Dec. 17 – St. Hildegard of Bingen
Tuesday – Dec. 18 – Bl. Anthony Grassi
Wednesday – Dec. 19 – Bl. Pope Urban V
Thursday – Dec. 20 – St. Dominic of Silos
Friday – Dec. 21 – St. Peter Canisius
Saturday – Dec. 22 – Bl. Jacopone de Toda
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John’s message of repentance
John’s message of renewal and repentance was very practical. He told the people three things: First, every follower of God must share what they possess (their personal goods and resources) with their neighbors, especially with those who lacked the basic necessities of life. John recognized that this was a key duty for every individual and an outward expression of the great commandment to love one’s neighbor as oneself (Leviticus 19:18).
Second, John pointed out the sacred duty to give each and every person what is their due and to not take from them what rightfully belongs to them. God commands that each person be treated with respect and that honor be given where honor is due. John told the tax collectors that they must not coerce people to pay more tax money than what was rightfully due. (Tax collectors often made handsome profits for themselves by overcharging other people.) John instructed soldiers to not abuse their authority or power to compel people to give or do things for them beyond what was rightful and their due. (It was not uncommon for soldiers to abuse their position to force people to carry their heavy equipment for them or to rob them of their goods.) John did not tell them to leave their profession, but to be good, honest, and respectful soldiers.
And thirdly, John exhorted his listeners to be content with what they had and to avoid coveting (wrongfully desiring or acquiring) what belonged to others. John basically called the people to turn back to God and to walk in his way of love and righteousness.
The word of God has power to transform us
Whenever the Gospel is proclaimed it has power to awaken faith in people who will listen and turn to God. God, in turn, is always ready to open our eyes to the spiritual reality of his kingdom and to the power and action of the Holy Spirit who transforms us into the likeness of Christ. Do you believe that God’s word is “good news” for you? And do you allow his word to take root and grow in you, and bring you the fruit of joy, freedom, and new life in the Holy Spirit?
John’s message of “good news” aroused in many people a new hope and joyful expectation that this was now the decisive moment for God’s Anointed One (the long-expected Messiah and Savior of Israel) to come with power, justice, and judgment to establish his reign of peace and righteousness. Many wondered aloud if John himself might be the promised Messiah, the one who would deliver them from oppression.
John’s response was loud and clear – he was only the herald’s voice who prepares the way for the Messiah’s coming. When John compared his position with the Messiah, John humbly stated that he considered himself lower than the lowest slave. His task was simply to awaken the interest of his people for God’s word, unsettle them from their complacency, and arouse in them enough good will to recognize and receive the Messiah when he came. With John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit begins the restoration to the human race of the “divine likeness,” prefiguring what would be achieved through and in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Jesus baptizes Christians with the Holy Spirit and fire, by Cyril of Jerusalem, 430-543 A.D.
“John, filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother’s womb, was sanctified for the purpose of baptizing the Lord. John himself did not impart the Spirit but preached the glad tidings of him who does. He says, ‘I indeed baptize you with water, for repentance. But he who is coming after me, he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire’ (Luke 3:16, Matthew 3:11). Why fire? Because the descent of the Holy Spirit was in fiery tongues [at Pentecost Acts 2:3]. Concerning this the Lord says with joy, ‘I have come to cast fire upon the earth, and how I wish that it would be kindled!’ (Luke 12:49)” (excerpt from CATECHETICAL LECTURES 17.8)
Text and reflections, courtesy and used with permission – dailyscripture.net
“Lord Jesus, let your light burn brightly in my heart that I may know the joy and freedom of your kingdom. Fill me with your Holy Spirit and empower me to witness the truth of your gospel and to point others to the light of Christ.”
There will be a time of Eucharistic Adoration on the First Friday of every month. It will take place at Our Lady of the Assumption Church following the 9:00 am Mass and end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 11:00 am. All are welcome to join us for a time of silent prayer and adoration before Our Eucharistic Lord.