Let us recall in this feast we recall that the Blessed Mother conceived in her mother Anne’s womb was conceived without original sin.

I’ll be travelling out of town for this week and will be returning late Saturday evening 12/14. Father Richard Curran will be celebrating the Vigil Mass.  Monday is a Holy Day (but not of obligation), the FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY. As I am out of town we will celebrate a 7:30 Mass, but no vigil. Let us recall in this feast we recall that the Blessed Mother conceived in her mother Anne’s womb was conceived without original sin. More so, we recall across Mary’s life that she never sinned and provided for us a model of holiness and humility.  If you’re unable to make the morning Mass, please consider making one of the evening Masses at another nearby parish. We will have prayer services for the remainder of the week.

The CHRISTMAS FLOWER ENVELOPES are in the benches and at the entrance. In the past few years this collection has gone down about three hundred dollars, and with a continued trend we will have to reduce the decorations. In the past I have not mentioned this as I thought it was isolated and the collection would increase,  and it still is my hope. Would you consider increasing your gift, and if you have not given before, please consider doing so this year in order that we might decorate both the church and chapel for the Christmas season. As always, I appreciate your generosity and pray the Lord return your generosity.

The JESSE TREE has come down, and I want to thank everyone who picked out a card and purchased a gift. The gifts are being directed to  Julie’s House, the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Catholic Charities and some local families. If you know of someone who is having a tough time financially, or if your family is experiencing such difficulties, please contact the office and we will help you. The gifts can be left by the side of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I was hoping that we might get the gifts sorted and sent to the respective charities by the end of this week. If you have been away and would still like to purchase a gift, please see Catherine Rein after Mass and she will be able to provide you a selection of cards to choose from. As scripture reminds us, “whatsoever you do for the least of my brethren, that you do unto to me.” May we continue to take this season to give God praise through acts of charity and kindness. Remember a smile and kind word goes a long way!

This weekend the Knights of Columbus will be working on the LOBSTER TRAP CHRISTMAS TREE. We are so fortunate and blessed to have their support and hard work. Last week they assembled the Creche, which is a daunting job.

The Season of Advent is a time in which we direct our thoughts, and the readings each day support them, in the belief that “Christ will come again.” I hope many of you have taken up my invitation to read the book of the prophet Isaiah, it is filled with hope, and its prefigurement of Jesus’ life.  This is a great way to see how this prophet, 800 years ago pointed to the coming of the Messiah and did so with such incredible detail. Yet another way to prepare for Christ’s coming is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  We hold Confessions each Saturday from 3:00-3:30pm.

We will have a FAMILY PENANCE SERVICE Wed. December 18th at 7pm.