Pastor's Message - December 16, 2018
“Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has removed the judgment against you, he has turned away your enemies; the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear. On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, he will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.” ~Zephaniah 3
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
For many centuries this Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, was referred to as “Gaudete” or Rejoice Sunday because we are halfway to Christmas, but also because of the underlying theme of Joy we find throughout Advent. This theme of joy is found in the scriptures, the prayers of Mass, and the music of Advent:
“Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! Let us rejoice and be glad.” (Is 25)
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See I am coming to dwell among you.” (Zech 2)
“The earth rejoices in hope of the Savior’s coming.” (Opening Prayer today)
“Rejoice, Rejoice Emmanuel shall come to you O Israel.” (Advent Anthem)
But the real joy of this season goes far beyond the cards, lights, parties and presents. It is a joy rooted in the love of a God who chooses to come among us as one of us; Who comes to heal and forgive, and embrace us in love, who brings us hope and light.
Don't forget to attend the St. Rita "Lessons and Carols" concert this afternoon in Church starting at 2:00pm. This is a major musical endeavor by all our music groups and choirs. What a wonderful Advent treat to yourself. The event is free and stay for refreshments!
Join us for a "Visit with Santa" this Sunday after the 9:00am and 10:30am Masses. Tasty donuts and treats are on the table, so come on down to the Parish Center and bring the whole family!
May God bless you!