November 29, 2020
The season of Advent is a time of serious preparation not only physically for Christmas but also and more importantly for the coming of Christ, whether at the end of our lives, at the end of time, or daily in Holy Communion or in our prayer. With the shadow of COVID-19 in our lives this season, perhaps it is a good time to emphasize the spiritual side of Christmas even as we prepare to celebrate the feast as best we can given the circumstances in which we find ourselves.
With the bulletin for next Sunday, December 6th, there will be a form concerning attendance for Masses on Christmas. This form will ask you to state which Mass you will be attending on Christmas and how many people will be attending with you. This form will also be on our website and sent to all parishioners via E-mail who have provided us with an address. Please take the time to fill this out and return it to me ASAP. Why? Because knowing this number is helpful for us to establish social distancing in the church building for Christmas Masses. The limit for seating in our church with social distancing is 500. Usually, there are many more people in church than this on Christmas, particularly at the 4:00pm Mass on December 24th. I need to know if I need to offer a Mass at the same time in the Family Center, especially for the 4:00pm Mass. Your prompt response in this matter will help us greatly in making arrangements to celebrate Christmas Mass.
With the onset of Advent, there are a number of prayers offered in preparation for Christmas. One of these was introduced to me by my grandmother many years ago. I keep it in my breviary and the card is quite old and worn. I shared it with you some years ago and some parishioners have asked me to share it again, so here it is:
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, o my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.
This prayer is to be said 15 times a day from the Feast of St. Andrew (November 30) until Christmas (December 25).
Please remember to lend your support to the We Give Catholic Initiative this coming Tuesday, December 1. This effort assists us in supporting Catholic education at St. Albert the Great at Assumption Academy but also will provide funds for the restoration of our church, parts of which have not seen a coat of paint in over 50 years. Each side of this effort have donors who committed $50,000 as an incentive for us as a community to match their donation. Let’s make this day count for Assumption. Thank you ahead of time for your support.