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“Call to Joy”

This weekend, we find ourselves gazing at the remaining weeks of Advent through Rose-colored glasses… (well at least rose-colored vestments…used twice a year…in the middle of Lent and Advent). The joyful, rose colored vestments are meant to help symbolize for us (at the “half-way point” of both of these seasons of repentance), the abundant joy and grace that will be ours, when our Lord comes to us again, and finds that we have embraced repentance by means of a good confession, and, that we are indeed, trusting in Him. Let us (after our having repented and taken advantage of His Divine Mercy, by making our sincere Confessions)…strive to replace any spiritually bad habits, that have crept into our lives…with good, positive, charitable and merciful habits. That is the “Call to Joy” that Advent presents for us. So let us truly rejoice and be glad going forward from this Gaudete Sunday. Happiness and Holiness are always the fruits of a good Confession; of our reaching out and asking for God’s Divine Mercy. Let’s all be sure to accomplish this before Christmas, to assure a Happy, Holy, Merry Christmas.

I would like to personally thank every parishioner who took the time and interest to come out to the three nights of our Divine Mercy parish mission. I know that you benefited greatly (as did I) from the faith-centered insights provided by Fr. Chris. For those who were unable to attend any of three sessions, we are planning, shortly after the first of the year, to show a one hour video of Fr. Chris’s complete presentation on Divine Mercy, which will cover, in a very concise fashion, all the elements of the Mercy Message.

This has certainly been a year full of blessings and accomplishments, for which we can all be grateful and thankful. We began the use of our Beautiful New Church and this will be our first celebration of the Christmas liturgy in the Church. I am anxiously anticipating the joy of celebrating (with the perennial “Christmas-time full house”) in our spacious new church, as we are now able to comfortably accommodate families who have parents, siblings and children…back home for visits. All are welcome and will receive a Christmas gift of a great, new Matthew Kelly book entitled “Resisting Happiness”. I read a copy on my recent flight to the Holy Land, and it is an inspiring, quick and excellent read. It truly opens ones eyes to the frequency with which we make choices that…unfortunately…actually create obstacles to our attaining happiness.

So Advent is a specific time designated by the Church to prepare ourselves spiritually … in order to appropriately remember, honor and celebrate, the Memorial of the Nativity of the Lord. This mental-spiritual focusing, perfectly coincides with our desires, to enter the New Year with a commitment to live well, adhering to the Commandments of God and the Church…all put in place for us to obtain happiness. Let’s look at the bigger picture of “How well we are living” this year as we commit to make positive changes for Advent. Let’s look at our fundamental priorities and how well they incorporate our need to be concerned for all our brothers and sisters. Let us commit to be what God so dearly desires of all of us…to be good stewards of all that he has given to us…all of His gifts. The gifts and the treasure He has given to us, vary quite widely in human value, but His desire that we all sacrifice a percentage of what we have received has been made clear.

So this year, in these last two weeks before Christmas…let’s really work on our plans to improve our response to the Stewardship Call of our Savior…and lock in a greater claim to the happiness that that will bring to you. My Christmas wish for all of you is for joy, peace, healing and good health, tranquility, happiness and peace.

This weekend, we find ourselves gazing at the remaining weeks of Advent through Rose-colored glasses… (well at least rose-colored vestments…used twice a year…in the middle of Lent and Advent). The joyful, rose colored vestments are meant to help symbolize for us (at the “half-way point” of both of these seasons of repentance), the abundant joy and grace that will be ours, when our Lord comes to us again, and finds that we have embraced repentance by means of a good confession, and, that we are indeed, trusting in Him. Let us (after our having repented and taken advantage of His Divine Mercy, by making our sincere Confessions)…strive to replace any spiritually bad habits, that have crept into our lives…with good, positive, charitable and merciful habits. That is the “Call to Joy” that Advent presents for us. So let us truly rejoice and be glad going forward from this Gaudete Sunday. Happiness and Holiness are always the fruits of a good Confession; of our reaching out and asking for God’s Divine Mercy. Let’s all be sure to accomplish this before Christmas, to assure a Happy, Holy, Merry Christmas.

I would like to personally thank every parishioner who took the time and interest to come out to the three nights of our Divine Mercy parish mission. I know that you benefited greatly (as did I) from the faith-centered insights provided by Fr. Chris. For those who were unable to attend any of three sessions, we are planning, shortly after the first of the year, to show a one hour video of Fr. Chris’s complete presentation on Divine Mercy, which will cover, in a very concise fashion, all the elements of the Mercy Message.

This has certainly been a year full of blessings and accomplishments, for which we can all be grateful and thankful. We began the use of our Beautiful New Church and this will be our first celebration of the Christmas liturgy in the Church. I am anxiously anticipating the joy of celebrating (with the perennial “Christmas-time full house”) in our spacious new church, as we are now able to comfortably accommodate families who have parents, siblings and children…back home for visits. All are welcome and will receive a Christmas gift of a great, new Matthew Kelly book entitled “Resisting Happiness”. I read a copy on my recent flight to the Holy Land, and it is an inspiring, quick and excellent read. It truly opens ones eyes to the frequency with which we make choices that…unfortunately…actually create obstacles to our attaining happiness.

So Advent is a specific time designated by the Church to prepare ourselves spiritually … in order to appropriately remember, honor and celebrate, the Memorial of the Nativity of the Lord. This mental-spiritual focusing, perfectly coincides with our desires, to enter the New Year with a commitment to live well, adhering to the Commandments of God and the Church…all put in place for us to obtain happiness. Let’s look at the bigger picture of “How well we are living” this year as we commit to make positive changes for Advent. Let’s look at our fundamental priorities and how well they incorporate our need to be concerned for all our brothers and sisters. Let us commit to be what God so dearly desires of all of us…to be good stewards of all that he has given to us…all of His gifts. The gifts and the treasure He has given to us, vary quite widely in human value, but His desire that we all sacrifice a percentage of what we have received has been made clear.

So this year, in these last two weeks before Christmas…let’s really work on our plans to improve our response to the Stewardship Call of our Savior…and lock in a greater claim to the happiness that that will bring to you. My Christmas wish for all of you is for joy, peace, healing and good health, tranquility, happiness and peace.

Yours I Christ Our Savior, fr denis