As part of our daily living, we each take the time to plan our work day and leisure time, yet we don’t make the time to plan our spiritual lives. Isn’t that just as important? Faith and spiritual growth require the same attention; it does not happen automatically. Without intentional planning and preparation for our spiritual life, we risk the possibility of going year after year without realizing our spiritual potential and deepening our relationship with our God who loves us more than we can imagine.
Advent is not just an “early Christmas”. Advent is a season all to itself. Take advantage of Advent symbols, especially the Advent wreath as part of your family’s daily prayer. Did you know that placing candles in the windows of your home are not Christmas decorations? They are Advent decorations. A candle in the window is an ancient sign of hospitality. The early Christians developed the practice to welcome Christ into their homes.
In order to deepen your personal relationship with Jesus, I invite you to take advantage of our annual English and Polish Advent Retreats. Take this time to build your personal relationship with Him through faith, love, mercy and forgiveness.
On Monday December 10th at 6:00PM we will have our Ministry and Volunteer Dinner at Christ the King School to honor their commitment to and support of Christ the Redeemer. Everyone is invited but must call or email the parish office to R.S.V.P. We will also officially present our 100th Anniversary Logo and share the detailed program of all the celebrations throughout our anniversary year. I’m especially grateful to the 100th Anniversary Committee for their extraordinary dedication and work so that we may experience the rich opportunities of this time of grace. See you there!
Now, as our parish nears the 100th Anniversary of Roman Catholic Parish life in Manville, I pray that all the members of our Parish will join in our upcoming celebrations with hearts open to renewal and growth in the Lord through His Church. As in previous years, our parishioners from Interworks, Graphic and Development Studio prepared the 2019 Parish Calendar and it will soon be available to all parishioners. The new calendar highlights our anniversary program throughout 2019. I’m certain that you will find it very useful and informative and that the new design meets your needs.
With all of this in mind, and with hearts full of gratitude for everything God is doing in our Parish, let us enter together into this jubilee year, the year of grace. Let us pray for all that is good and worthy for our future and let us rejoice in what we have received from the generations of the past!
Have a great Advent!