Queen of Heaven Catholic Church

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December 9, 2018 - The 2nd Sunday of Advent

A Letter from Our Pastor

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the second week of Advent. I hope you are getting into the spirit of joyful and hopeful anticipation of the coming of Jesus…in History, in Glory, and right now in His Word, Sacraments and in one another. In today’s Gospel, we hear John the Baptist proclaiming a Baptism of Repentance and the quote from Isaiah, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low.” What obstacles are on our path to the Lord that may need to be removed? Are there any mountains of pride in our lives that need leveled? None of us are perfect, but that’s all the more reason we need Christmas. We need our Savior’s birth. Jesus is the Savior from our sins.

What better way to take advantage of the graces of this season and the meaning of our Savior’s birth than by taking the time to go to Sacrament of Confession. This Tuesday, December 11th, at Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Parish at 7:00 p.m., we will be having our Cluster Communal Penance Service. At least eight to ten priests will be available for Confessions after a short prayer service. Also, remember that Confessions will be offered after all the weekend Masses of Advent until all are heard; and Confession is also offered year-round from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on Fridays, and 3:15-4:15 p.m. on Saturdays; or anytime by appointment or catch father “on the fly!”

Of other things…

In every pew of our Adoration Chapel is a copy of Pope Francis’ latest encyclical letter on “The Call to Holiness.” It is a classic!!! I used it for my retreat meditations this past October. Chapter Five especially struck me. It’s entitled, “Spiritual Combat, Vigilance, and Discernment.”

He begins by saying, “The Christian life is a constant battle. We need strength and courage to withstand the temptations of the devil and to proclaim the Gospel. This battle is sweet for it allows us to rejoice each time the Lord triumphs in our lives.” And he goes on to say, “…our path towards holiness is a constant battle. Those who do not realize this will be prey to failure or mediocrity. For this spiritual combat we can count on the powerful weapons that the Lord has given us: faith-filled prayer, meditation on the word of God, the celebration of Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Sacramental Reconciliation, works of charity, community life, missionary outreach.”

This Advent Season, let us count on the Lord to be there for us in our struggles to be holy. Why not up the bar on those weapons the Pope talked about, especially attending an extra weekday Mass, a visit to our Adoration Chapel, and a “Sacramental Reconciliation.”

One last thought for the Golden Agers of our parish. I recently came across this quote from a meditation book called Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. As I am soon approaching my 65th birthday, I am receiving daily mail about supplemental insurance for Medicare. I am being reminded daily that “The old grey mare ain’t what she used to be.” Trying to grow old gracefully and keep a youthful spirit through it all.

This quote (from Jesus Calling) touched me and I hope it does the same for you…

“I AM YOUR LIVING GOD, far more abundantly alive than the most vivacious person you know. The human body is wonderfully crafted, but gravity and the inevitable effects of aging weigh it down. Even the most superb athlete cannot maintain his fitness over many decades. Lasting abundant life can be found in Me alone. Do not be anxious about the weakness of your body. Instead, view it as the prelude to My infusing energy into your being.

As you identify more and more fully with me, My Life becomes increasingly intertwined with yours. Though the process of aging continues, inwardly you grow stronger with the passing years. Those who live close to Me develop an inner aliveness that makes them seem youthful in spite of their years. Let My Life shine through you as you walk in the Light with Me.”

Have a Blessed Advent!
Love, Fr. Dave