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Today we begin the season of Advent in the Church. Advent and Lent are both penitential periods that permit us greater reflection on the mysteries of our faith. These are times to pray over the gift of God who became man and who saved us through his passion, death, and resurrection. Advent is the patient expectation and hope for our Lord's return. We can use the season of Advent to ponder if we have been sullied by any sins that have damaged our hopeful waiting for Jesus. Christ Jesus calls all of us to his life, especially the sacraments. Do not be afraid to approach the sacrament of healing so that our patient expectation can be most joyous.
In addition to each Saturday at St. Paul the Apostle Church from 3:00 to 3:30 PM, please note that we will be hosting an Advent penance service at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, December 21 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, with visiting priests for confession. Furthermore, the youth and their families of our religious education will be gathering at St. Luke's Church on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:00 PM; I will be one of the confessors at this celebration. St. Luke's Church is also hosting a 6:00 PM penance service on Thursday, December 15. I hope these are plenty of opportunities to seek the sacrament of penance in our anticipation for the Lord during the season of Advent. God bless you during this season of Advent.