Browsing the December 2018 archive of The Pastor's Note

Fr. Ben's Christmas Message| December 25, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/21/18

Dear Parishioners,

            On that first Christmas, the angels praised God, saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to men of good will.” The shepherds came and adored the newborn Savior. St. Luke wrote, “And Mary treasured all of these things and reflected on them ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 4th Sunday of Advent| December 23, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/21/18

The Fourth Sunday of Advent shows Elizabeth and her unborn son, John, reacting to the nearness of the unborn Christ. We know that Elizabeth immediately understood that Mary was pregnant with the Lord, because the Gospel says she was filled with the Holy Spirit. But how could the fetal ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Third Sunday of Advent| December 16, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/14/18

The Third Sunday of Advent focuses our attention on the spirit of joyfulness, because this is an essential mark of true faith in Christ. All of the readings are full of joy and the thrill of happy expectation. In the Gospel reading, John the Baptizer preaches good news to ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 2nd Sunday of Advent| December 9, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/07/18

The readings for the Second Sunday of Advent remind us that this liturgical season is a time of spiritual preparation: While we're shopping for gifts, decorating, and sending Christmas cards, what are we doing to make Christmas a new rebirth of Christ for our daily lives?

            In our ... Read More »