The Third Sunday in Advent
Today marks the octave (8 days) before Christmas; however, before we enter into the octave, the Church pauses and allows a “pre-celebration” of Christmas to begin. Today is referred to as Gaudete Sunday, which means “rejoice.” What are we rejoicing for? Because the Prince of Peace is coming to us and we are anxiously and excitedly awaiting His arrival! My brothers and sisters what a great day to rejoice and to celebrate the many blessings and the many graces that God has given to us. Today, as we come to this celebration may we continue to prepare ourselves for the Lord and renounce those things that keep us from knowing Christ and surrendering ourselves to Him.
As we get ever closer to Christmas I invite you again to come back to confession. This week our confessions will be:
· Monday, December 18 from 8:00-9:00; 12:00-1:00; 6:00-7:00
· Wednesday, December 20 from 8:00-9:00; 12:00-1:00; 6:00-7:00
· Saturday, December 23 from 2:00-4:00
I realize that with the busyness and the last-minute preparations for Christmas it is easy to forget about confession, but I again implore you all to please take advantage of this opportunity to rejoice in the reality that your sins have been washed away.
As a pastoral note: The Vigil for Christmas Mass at 4:30 is often the most crowded of the Masses each year. You may wish to consider attending another Mass on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day – since they may be less crowded. Regardless of your decision, know that we will have a joyous celebration and we want you to be part of it! Also, at the request of many in the parish, including a grateful choir, I am offering the Mass at Night on Christmas Eve at 10:00 pm and not midnight. (Some parishes still offer a traditional midnight Mass.) There will be a choir concert prior to Mass at 9:00 pm. This is a beautiful way to welcome the arrival of the Christ Child!
May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,
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There is a new Used Clothing Drop-off Shed located along the fence-line in the main parking lot. Items accepted are:
All clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys. Please....NO rags, fabric scraps, pillows, toys, or household goods; please understand that these unwanted items are a hardship and expense to dispose of.
The company servicing this shed is St Pauly Textile. They have been working with a large number of parishes in New York State and are expanding now into Ohio. They send the clothing to people who can use it all over the US and World.
Recycling these clothing items help the environment by keeping your clothing out of the landfill.
You may be able to receive a tax deduction for your donation. Receipts are on the shed.
Please help us to keep your donation clean and dry. If possible, please put in tied or closed bags. Thank you!
Immaculate Conception Food Pantry is a part of
McKinley Community Outreach Center
1200 Lost Nation Road
Willoughby, Ohio 44094
Choice Food Pantry Hours
(one visit per family per 30 days)
McKinley Community Outreach Center Taxable Distribution:
(one visit per family per month)
Donation Drop-off, Cleaning and Sorting Hours:
Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday 9:00 AM - 1:00PM
Saturday 9:00 - 11:30AM
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