Monday, December 12, 2011

Prepare the Way of the Lord...

Advent is a time of preparation and reflection, hope and anticipation.  We prepare for the great celebration of Christmas most fittingly by being renewed in spirit through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Following the 7 PM Mass on Tuesday, December 13, a number of priests will be on hand to hear individual confessions for as long as necessary.  Fr. Jim Grant will con-celebrate the Mass and will offer an inspirational message on healing.

Our evening of prayer and reconciliation will be made extra-special as our parish welcomes for the first time the relics of St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun whose life and ministry helped spread the inspiring message of God's great mercy.

The evening of prayer and reconciliation will be structured as follows:
  • Mass at 7 PM (Fr. Jim Grant will preach)
  • Veneration of the Relic of St. Faustina
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy
  • During and following the Chaplet, the priests will remain for those who wish to make their confession.
Mass will be preceded by the Holy Hour (beginning at 6 PM) and Rosary (6:30 PM)  as per usual.

“I have opened my Heart as a living fountain of mercy.
Let all souls draw life from it.
 Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust.
Sinners will attain justification, and the just will be confirmed in good.
Whoever places his trust in My mercy will be filled with My divine peace at the hour of death.”
(Message from the Lord as recorded in the Diary of St. Faustina, par. 1520)