We are happy to welcome Fr. Ron Anderson as our celebrant for our weekend Masses. Fr. Ron is covering so Fr. Gerry can take the weekend off for his 80th birthday. Happy Birthday Fr. Gerry!
READINGS FOR DECEMBER 13, 2020
THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
1st Reading—Isaiah 61: 1-2A, 10-11—The spirit of the Lord God enabled Isaiah to proclaim good news to the poor, healing to the brokenhearted, liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners.
Responsorial Psalm: Luke 1: 46-48, 49-50, 53-54—“Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord; let us go rejoicing, to the house of the Lord.”
2nd Reading—1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24—Paul exhorted the faithful of Thessalonica to “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”
Alleluia—“Alleluia! The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. Alleluia!”
Gospel—John 1: 6-8, 19-28—John the Baptizer was not the light but testified to it. He declared himself “the voice of one crying out in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord.”
This weekend we take up a collection for the Retired Priests, brothers, sisters and religious order priests so they may enjoy the dignified care they deserve after so many years of faithful service. Envelopes are available in the gathering area.
We light a rose candle on our Advent Wreath today to express subtle joy. Because of our faith, we know that Jesus comes in the midst of our daily routine, and even our heartaches, calling us to live in His love and filled with his Spirit.
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
1) Let us pray for the Church:
Pour out your Spirit upon your people, O God. Send us to bring good news to the lowly and healing to those who are hurting.
2) Let us pray to the God of peace:
Make justice flower among the nations, O Father. Cease persecution of Christians throughout the world and bring peace to those suffering from war or hunger.
3) Let us pray for the sad and afflicted:
Do not disappoint the broken-hearted, but bring them joy and gladness.
Lift up those who suffer depression; comfort of those in grief.
4) Let us pray for the sick and the ailing of our parish:
May your Spirit bring healing to our brothers and sisters, especially —
Tony & Betty Morici Elena Perea Rod Mersino
Florence Mishler John Benvenuti Bob Pawluk Sue Fler
Marie Klebba Sam Davis Cecily Siring
And for all those who have asked for our prayers.
5) Let us pray for the elderly in our nation:
May all the elderly be treated with respect and compassion and that we as a society more fully embrace their gifts of wisdom and grace.
6) Let us remember the dead:
Preserve in everlasting joy our loved ones who now sleep in your embrace, especially –
(5:00 Mass) Stanley & Helen Weigle
(8:30 Mass) Tom & Kathleen Frawley
(10:30 Mass) Pedro Lopez, Milio Legaspi
7) Let us pray for our personal hopes in silence: (PAUSE)
Bless our adult members who are preparing for Baptism and the Profession of Faith. Deepen the faith in all of us.
We pray to the Lord…
ANNOUNCEMENTS – DECEMBER 13, 2020
On Friday, December 18th, after the 9 a.m. Mass, we will be cleaning the church to prepare for Christmas. If you would like to help, please contact Julie in the parish office. Many hands make it go faster!
- All gifts and gift cards are due this Sunday, December 13th at noon. We appreciate you bringing them in on time.
- We are having a Blood Drive on Wednesday, December 16th from 10-4 in Hardy Hall.
- Please come to our Advent Day of Reflection this Sunday, December 13th at 2 p.m. in the Church. Our speaker will be Mary Wilkerson speaking on “Hope for the Future.” This is a family event and we hope you will attend.