About the only advantage of not greeting people after Masses (which I too greatly miss) is I won’t have to be told how pretty my “Pink” vestment is this weekend. No matter how many times I have insisted it is “Rose”, I don’t get anywhere. The Church officially calls it Rose, but you may call it whatever color suits you. But the wearing of Rose/Pink, means we are at Gaudete Sunday – The Rejoicing Sunday. The Opening Antiphon (often replaced by the entrance hymn) is: Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Dominus enim prope est. Meaning: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near. The wearing of the Rose/Pink and the lighting of the third candle of the same color means we are now past the halfway point in this minor-penitential season of Advent. We are drawing closer to the great Feast of Christmas and the wonders of the Incarnation.
But the wearing of Rose/Pink also brings attention to the fact that the priest and the church are draped in violet/purple. The place we most often see violet is in the Confessional when the priest wears a violet stole. We wear violet also in Lent. Both Advent and Lent have a similar echo of “Repent”, which in Advent is on the lips of John the Baptist. The two seasons are leading up to very different, but both infinitely important, Feasts of Jesus Christ’s life and saving mission for you and I, and all. There are still just a few days left of the Advent Season. You might think of making use of the Sacrament of Confession yet, so as to repent and prepare for His Great Arrival at Christmas. The Sacrament of Confession & Reconciliation is celebrated here at Holy Family on Tuesdays 5:30-55 p.m., Saturdays after 8:00 a.m. Mass until 9:00 a.m. and again from4:00-45 p.m., Sundays 5:00-50 p.m. or by request and appointment.
Haiti Home for Christmas Challenge: Can Holy Family provide a new home for a Haitian family this Christmas? If we work together in cooperation with Cross Catholic International – YES!
You can make your contribution to the Haitian Home for Christmas on the Holy Family Faith Direct – “One-Time Gift Now” or by sending a check to Holy Family with “Advent Haiti Home” in the memo line. More information can be found at: crosscatholic.org/advent. I’ve already made my contribution!
"During this year our home has been our life. We are fortunate to have a roof over our head and comfortable spaces to enjoy with our family while we wait out the pandemic. This opportunity to provide that same experience for someone in need is so fitting with the season. I look forward to being able to help others form a home and foundation where they can grow and love their family." ~ Paul Glaser
Holy Family, Seeking a Place to Stay in Bethlehem, Pray for us.
~ Fr Jeremy M. Gries