Letter from Fr. Jim

November 19, 2020

My dear parish family,

This weekend we're celebrating the culmination of the whole liturgical year with this Solemnity of Christ the King.  Next Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent, we enter into not just a new liturgical season but a whole new liturgical year.  So our celebration of Christ the King is in a sense New Year's Eve for us Catholics, and a time for us to do some shifting of gears.  This weekend we are reminded once again that--more important than any political party we might belong to and more central to us than who has been elected to political office-- Christ is still our King, and our first citizenship is in heaven! 

This coming Thursday is, arguably, the federal "holy day" that we Americans celebrate best in this country of ours.  "Eucharist" is a word that means "thanksgiving", so it is appropriate for as many of us as possible to begin our wonderful holiday with the Mass.  We will be gathering around the table of the Lord to thank God for His astonishing goodness to us at 10:00 a.m. this Thursday.  (The Mass will also be live-streamed from 8:30 a.m. on through the day.  Just go to the parish website to access the Mass on-line anytime during Thanksgiving Day.)

Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent, our season of preparation for the coming of the Lord: His coming among us 2000 years ago, His coming in glory at the end of time, and His coming to us in all those ways that He makes His veiled approach to us every day.  One of those main ways that we prepare for His coming is by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation, by going to Confession.  While many of us are accustomed to celebrating that sacrament at Parish Reconciliation Services typically held during the seasons of Advent and Lent, this will not be an option for any of us during this time of COVID.  So we will be scheduling many more times for the individual celeb! ration of this sacrament throughout the Advent Season.  Starting next weekend (November 27, 28, and 29) and throughout the whole season of Advent I will be available for Confession every Friday and Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 p.m.  I will be meeting with penitents outside, and those wishing to celebrate the sacrament will line up under the hospitality patio.  I'll hear Confessions as long as there are penitents in line.  But when there is no one in line, I'll be going in and having some dinner.  Every week I'll be sending off to you an examination of conscience that might be helpful in preparing for the sacrament.  Please plan a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday evening when you and your household can celebrate this sacrament of the Lord's love and forgiveness!

Peace in His service,
 
Examination of Conscience In Light of Catholic Social Teaching
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
-Do I respect the life and dignity of every human person from conception through natural death? 
-Do I recognize the face of Christ reflected in all others around me whatever their race, class, age, or abilities?
-Do I work to protect the dignity of others when it is being threatened?
-Am I committed to both protecting human life and to ensuring that every human being is able to live in dignity?

 Call to Family, Community, and Participation
-Do I try to make positive contributions in my family and in my community?
-Are my beliefs, attitudes, and choices such that thery strengthen or undermine the institution of the family?  Read More...