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Welcoming Advent as a Chance to Begin Again

By Deacon Keith A Fournier, 11/30/2014, Catholic Online
 One of the ways we can learn to live in Christ is by embracing a new way, a pattern of a life lived in the heart of the Church for the sake of the world During Advent, the Church, as a mother, calls us all to get ready, to clean the house, to set special times aside for prayer and worship, so that we will be ready for all of His comings! And, as a teacher, she also instructs us on the very meaning of the Christian vocation. The Biblical texts that we hear at Holy Mass will be filled with the great figures, such as John the Baptizer and Mary the Mother of the Lord, who are examples for each one if us. They both embody the call to say Yes to the Lord and prepare the way for all who live between the first and the final coming of Jesus. These Old and New Testament passages are beautifully juxtaposed in every liturgy and in our formal prayer (The Liturgy of the Hours) in order to point to -and expound upon- all the comings of the Lord. The faithful will be invited to experience the graces found in this full smorgasbord of sacramental and liturgical services. However, ultimately, it will still come down to each person, and each family, accepting the invitation to prepare for the coming of the Lord. God always invites. Will we respond? We need to open the ears of our hearts in order to hear the clarion call to prepare the way for the Lord which is the message of Advent. The liturgical seasons can become holy seasons for us, if they put us more deeply in touch with the One who is the source of all holiness, Jesus Christ.

Human beings are going to mark time. We will mark it either with the ordinary stuff of ordinary life or we will mark it as well with the extraordinary things of an extraordinary God, who became one of us so that we could fully participate in the eternal embrace of His Trinitarian communion.
When I am asked by other Christians why Catholics celebrate Advent,  I answer quite simply. I tell them it is a gift from God - and all gifts from God are well worth opening. Of course, God has no need of our special seasons, but we do.
Advent, like the entire Liturgical year, can unfold as a road, a way, a path for the Christian life and a deepening of the Christian vocation. When we accept His invitation. In its, Jesus comes, sanctifies and transforms our ordinary into the extraordinary, by grace.
Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead. He is alive and walks in our midst in and through His Body, the Church, of which we are all members. We are called to live in the light of that truth and illumine the world through an expressed pattern of life which can help others find their way home.
We are to become like the candles we will light over these few weeks. We live in an intermediate time between the first and the second comings of Jesus Christ. We are changed through the Paschal Mystery.
Through the waters of the second birth of baptism, we have been enlisted and empowered to prepare ourselves - and the world- for His coming. Advent is our calling, we are a people who prepare the Way.
One of my favorite readings in the Liturgy of the Hours during this Advent Season is taken from an Advent homily given by a Franciscan friar in the early part of the second millennium named Bernard of Clairvaux. Here are his wonderful words of prayerful reflection:   "We know that there are three comings of the Lord. The third lies between the other two. It is invisible while the other two are visible. In the first coming He was seen on earth, dwelling among men; . in the final coming "all flesh will see the salvation of our God and they will look upon Him whom they have pierced". The intermediate coming is a hidden one; in it only the elect see the Lord within their own selves, and they are saved."
"In His first coming our Lord came in our flesh and our weakness; in this middle coming He comes in Spirit and in power; in the final coming he will be seen in glory and in majesty. Because this coming lies between the other two, it is like a road on which we travel from the first coming to the last". Jesus Christ is not dead. He is alive! He has been raised. Jesus is not just a memory to the Christian or to the Christian Church. He is alive in our midst and living His Life in and through His Body, the Church, of which we are members.
The Liturgical year is not some rote, dead custom from the past. Rather, when it is embraced by Christians who are alive in Jesus Christ - and filled with the Holy Spirit - it becomes a gift and a vehicle for our missionary work. It becomes a road along which we travel.
Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus) (Rev. 22:20) was the heart cry of the early Christians. Let us make it our own. Let us live our lives in the Lord. Let us welcome Advent as a time to begin again.
Happy Advent.
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Perpetual Annunciation

God’s whole plan of salvation is a perpetual annunciation.  In this gospel, there are numerous “annunciations” beyond Gabriel’s revealing to Mary that she would conceive “the Son of God.”  Gabriel makes known that Mary is holy; that the child shall be named Jesus; that the kingdom of this Child would have no end; that this Child is “holy, the Son of God”; that Elizabeth has conceived; that “nothing will be impossible for God”; and that Mary is God’s faithful and obedient handmaid.  Indeed, perpetual annunciation is God’s pattern of relating to us.-Living Liturgy™, Fourth Sunday of Advent 2014

Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 21, 2014

 Drop down dew from above, you heavens, and let the clouds rain down the Just One; let the earth be opened and bring forth a Savior.

 Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.-Living Liturgy™, 2014  

Scripture of the Day

Because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.-Luke 1:78-79,usccb.org

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Joy to the World


The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”- Luke 2: 10-14

Christ the Savior Is Born

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Merry Christmas

Week 3 of Advent

 Prayer for the Advent Wreath

Lord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, for He is Emmanuel, the Hope of all people. He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us.  He is the Savior of us all.  O Lord,  let your blessing come upon us as we light two (purple) advent candles and the third (pink) of this wreath.  May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ's promise of salvation. May He come quickly and not delay. We ask this in His holy name. Amen.

"(The desert) will bloom with abundant flowers and rejoice with joyful song." "Rejoice in the Lord always!" "Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!"

The Scriptures for the Third Sunday of Advent proclaim their message in no uncertain terms: Rejoice! Joy is all around us and our celebration of Advent calls us to discover it. The joy that the Scripture passages speak about is not a joy that equates with hilarious laughter. It is a joy that comes from a security with our God, those around us, and our place in the world. It is the joy Isaiah describes when he writes, "I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul." It is a joy that cannot be bought or obtained from artificial highs. It is a joy that comes from our living faith in a living God.

It is the joy we feel as we approach the birth of our Savior and remember the awesome beauty of what happened on that cold Bethlehem night.

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Advent "The word Advent is from the Latin adventus for "coming" and is associated with the four weeks of preparation for Christmas. Advent always contains four Sundays, beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, (November 30) and continuing until December 24. It blends together a penitential spirit, very similar to Lent, a liturgical theme of preparation for the Second and Final Coming of the Lord, called the Parousia, and a joyful theme of getting ready for the Bethlehem event."-ewtn

Why is Advent Important

"Preparation for Christmas is an important theme for Advent, but more is involved. Advent gives us a vision of our lives as Christians and shows us the possibilities of life.
The vision of life that Advent gives us is twofold; it looks back to the first coming of Christ at Bethlehem, and it looks to the future when Christ will come again. In the interval between these two events we find meaning for our life as a Christian.
First we celebrate Christ-become-human. We view his life and experience his presence as a human being in our history. Christ came to show us what life can and should be. He gave us true and valid principles by which we can live true and valid lives. But Jesus knew that the human heart could not live in isolation. He formed the Church around the concept of a people held together by love. In that community we discover unlimited possibilities and meaning. Alone we can do nothing. Together we find real meaning.
When Christ left this earth, he did not abandon us. He remains with us in his Spirit, the Church, the sacraments, the Scriptures and each other. He lives in community with us and keeps his vision of life before us.
When Christ comes again, his presence will no longer be hidden behind the signs and symbols of the liturgy or the words of the Scriptures. His presence among us will be revealed in all its fullness, a presence that will never end, a presence that will perfect and complete our community.
This is the "greater significance" of Advent. In these few short weeks we take in the sweeping panorama of time - from Christ's birth to his Second Coming. The season of Advent brings us the magnificent vision of life and hope for the future given to us by Christ.
Advent is our time to become more involved, more caught up in the meaning and the possibilities of life as a Christian community. Thus we are preparing not only for Christmas but also for Christ's Second Coming. This means that when he comes again, we will be awake and watchful. He will not find us asleep."-© Liguori Publications Excerpt from Advent - A Quality Storecupboard The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer/catholic.org


Visit our Calendar page for videos on: Fr. Robert Barron on Christmas,
Fr. Robert Barron on The Spirituality of Advent, Fr. Robert Barron on The Advent Revolution, Daily Advent Reflections from Fr. Robert Barron, 

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God’s Call

It’s easy! Pray that young men & woman in Our Archdiocese will hear and answer God’s call.
Prayer to Discern a Vocation
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand, so many questions about the future that I need to ask. What is Your plan for me? What is the work You want me to do?
All I really know is that You love me. Show me the road You want me to walk – to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if You are calling me to priesthood or to the religious life, give me the strength to say “yes” and the grace to begin even now to prepare myself for the challenge of a life spent in Your service and in the care of Your people.
I ask You this in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.-usccb.org 


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Monday through Friday: In the Chapel at 6:30 am and 5:15 pm   
Saturday: 8 am
Saturday Vigil: 5 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am (Children's Mass), 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm (Spanish Mass, multiple Mass intentions are taken for this Mass), 5:00 pm
Last Friday of Every Month: Spanish Language Healing Mass at 7:30 pm in the Church.
Once a month on a Sunday: 3 pm Tagalog Mass.  Please call 845.294.5328 for a list of dates in which this Mass will be held.

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Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Thursday before every First Friday 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. or anytime by appointment

 Sacrament of Baptism
Saturday Baptisms:

English - 4th Saturday of each month at 12 noon
Spanish - 3rd Saturday of each month at 12 noon
 Sunday Baptisms:
English - 1st & 2nd, Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Spanish - 4th Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Requirements for Baptisms at St. John's

Please visit the calendar page for a list of dates for classes and baptisms.
You must complete all the paperwork before registering for a date for an actual baptism.

 Sacrament of the Sick
Please call the rectory if you or your loved one is in Orange Regional Medical Center so a priest may come and visit.
Sacrament of Marriage
Couples intending to be married must come to the rectory to make arrangements at least SIX MONTHS before the date of the wedding. At that time, they should present recent copies of their Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation certificates. 

Eucharistic Adoration
Every first Friday in the chapel from after the 6:30 am Mass until Saturday before the 8:00 am Mass.  Also every Monday through Friday in the chapel from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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