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msgrfetscherDear Family,
“COMING TO.” Today we begin the Liturgical year 2023, with the season of Advent. Ad Venio is the Latin for “I come to...”. To What? Obviously, we begin with the time that immediately precedes Christmas.

Yes, Christmas is coming, but I think we are talking about much more. We begin coming to another tour through the saving events of Christ’s life.

This year, as you know, St. Matthew will be our tour guide. His gospel is written for the Jewish Christian community, so we will find more references to the Hebrew scriptures, aka Old Testament. We heard a mention of Noah today.

When I talk about a “coming,” I’m thinking about the whole package, another journey through times and events in the life of Jesus that we heard about in the past, and yet because God’s word is ever-new, we have the chance to hear the stories differently. The difference is the circumstances of our own lives that are always changing.

You heard me say things like this a lot. I couldn’t help but wonder in my own mind, that maybe I want to really work at paying attention because I might not have too many more opportunities left to “do the tour.”

Not to worry; I have no plans for any immanent departures. In Fact, I’m breathing the same air you are, more or less, and it certainly seems to flavor our parish with a touch or two of longevity.

Next weekend, December 3rd and 4th, the parish ministries will host our Ministry Fair. I hope you will consider visiting the parish hall after Masses when you will be offered some goodies to eat and drink as well as meet various ministry reps who will be very happy to answer any questions you might have.

Besides food, drink and info, these moments also would be a good time for you to thank the folks who run the various undertakings of the parish. We don’t thank each other enough. You’d be welcome to make suggestions on how we can broaden and/or improve our ministries. Just remember, though, that sometimes, talking about something and doing something about it, are two different things. Don’t go nuts engaging in the first if you’re not willing to consider the second.

I’m writing this Twitch early so we can catch a printing deadline. So, I haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving. But, I’m going to be praying that by the time you read this, that all of us will have had blessed time.

Some parishioners are travelling to visit relatives. I suspect it’s more fun than trying to do it at Christmas when a lot of stuff can get in the way of simply gathering.

“Lord, give them good flights and safe landings. And by the way Lord, it shouldn’t hurt if you’d try and keep the gas prices down too. ‘

Those little lists of things you are grateful for, that you wrote down to bring the special Thanksgiving Mass will stay on the altar for the weekend.

As we enter into our new Church year, ask the Holy Spirit to move with you. I love the prayer below. Clip it out and put it on the fridge and say it in 2023.
In Jesus,
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Come, Holy Spirit, gift of Jesus and the Father. Come into my heart and give me peace. Please come and open the eyes of my heart. Give me more joy and more hope. Heal what needs to be healed. Warm what is cold in me. Set my heart free to forgive. Enkindle within me the fire of your own love. Let me heal and warm other hearts to know Jesus' healing love. Let me hear the cry of the poor. Let me join you in renewing the face of the earth!

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