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From the Desk of Father John:

This year, with the Feast of Christmas occurring on a Monday, we will have the shortest Advent possible. In order to help you prepare for Christmas, I would like to highlight a few happenings during Advent for you:

Advent Reflections on the Sunday Readings:
We will gather for about an hour and preview and discuss the upcoming Sunday Readings. We plan on holding these both in the morning and in the evening. The evening gatherings will be held after the 7:00pm Tuesday evening Masses on November 28th, December 5th, 12th and 19th. The daytime gatherings will be held after the Wednesday morning Masses on November 29th, December 6th, 13th, and 20th. I am certain that reflecting on the readings of the coming Sunday will be an excellent way to enter fully into the season of Advent and I encourage you to consider taking advantage of this opportunity. Meetings will be in the Conference Room.

Another way to prepare well for the Feast of Christmas is to receive the love and mercy of God in a very personal and profound way through the Sacrament of Confession. The Sacrament is available on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 9:30am. Fr. Danny and I will be available on the following Saturdays in Advent: December 2nd (just prior to the First Sunday of Advent), December 9th and 16th. We will also be available on Thursday, December 21st at 7:00pm for Confessions. (NOTE: We will not be hearing Confessions on December 23rd). We will be having a Communal Celebration on December 6th at 7:00pm and we will have a number of neighbouring priests available that evening.

This year, the Fourth Sunday of Advent and the Feast of Christmas seem to “flow” into one another. Masses for the fourth Sunday of Advent are as usual on Saturday December 23rd at 5:00pm in St. Michael’s and on Sunday December 24th at 8:00 and 10:00am in St. Michael’s and at 10:30am in Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament in Wheatley.

Masses this year for Christmas are as follows:
St. Michael’s Masses will be on Christmas Eve, December 24th at 5:00pm (in both the Church and the Parish Hall), at 7:00pm (in the Church only), and Midnight Mass. Christmas Day Masses will be at 8:00 and 10:00am. The Christmas Mass at OLBS in Wheatley will be Christmas Eve at 7:00pm.

I should point out that the celebration of the Fourth Sunday of Advent in the morning is distinct from the celebration of Christmas in the evening. This means that attending the morning Mass on the Sunday doesn’t “count” for Christmas and attending Mass on Christmas doesn’t “count for the Fourth Sunday of Advent!
Have a great week……Fr. John