We hear St. Paul proclaim today: “Rejoice in the Lord, again I say rejoice!” This Third Sunday of Advent is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday—a rejoicing reflected in the rose vestments of today and the lighting of the rose-colored candle on the advent wreath. The Scriptures as well remind us of the joy which is the hallmark of Christian faith. We are more than halfway through our season of vigilant preparation as we ready ourselves to both celebrate the coming of Christ in history and look forward to his return in glory. For Christians, this theme of rejoicing lies at the heart of our faith. Even if we are struggling with life’s great issues, we are still called to be people of joy and to be ready to share that joy with others. Indeed, “Joy is the echo of God’s presence!”
Our Social Outreach Ministry invites us all to especially remember the poor during this beautiful Season of Advent/Christmas. Many thanks to all of you who brought Christmas gifts for the children and teens in our Angel Giving Tree sharing. You have made many young people happy by your generosity! Please check the bulletin for other ways that you can make Christmas brighter for others!
For us as Catholics, Christmas does not end at midnight Christmas Day! We have a whole season of celebrating the wonder of the Incarnation. I especially would like to invite you to our delightful Epiphany Potluck Party on January 6, 2019. Please see the bulletin for what to bring to share with others. There will be music, the Three Kings bearing gifts for children and the Pinata filled with goodies! Come along and celebrate this beautiful feast of the Magi!
You will find the Christmas schedule on the back cover of today’s bulletin. If you have children to bring to Mass with you, I would like to invite them to the 10:00 a.m. Mass (English) or the Noon Mass (Spanish) on Christmas Day for a special Children’s Liturgy of the Word and Procession to the Manger scene. It is always delightful to see the wonder of Christmas through the eyes of children!