First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Hello, I'm Franciscan Fr. Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Feast of Christ the King.
The classic religious rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, continues to be performed on stages around the country. During Holy Week many of us find ourselves putting on the album or humming some of the music. What has always struck me is the portrayal of Pontius Pilate. The actor who created the original album role went on to portray Pilate on Broadway and on film.
Pilate is interested, for his own reasons, in the accusation that Jesus claims to be king of the Jews. There is a peculiar intimacy in the scene, captured well I think, in the musical. Pilate can relate to the concept of kingship. He’s a politician and understands power and position. He presses his questions, even as he misunderstands Jesus’ true kingship. For a brief instant, Pilate even seems interested in “truth.”
But in the end, he falls back into his own limited notions of earthly power, and does what is expected of him as a functionary in the Roman system of government.
With dramatic irony, however, the scene in John’s Gospel highlights a very different kind of kingship. Jesus stands before the world testifying to the truth. He has come to reveal the truth about God, and invites us into his reign, which is not of this world. Rather, it is a relationship, one in which we receive the very life of God.
- An AmericanCatholic.org Site from the Franciscans and Franciscan Media Copyright 1996 - 2015
Our worth is based not on our skills or
levels of productivity. Rather, we discover
our worth when we discover our
true identify found in the unchangeable
permanent fact that we are created in
God’s image and likeness and called to
an eternal destiny with him….whether it lasts for a brief
moment or for a hundred years, each of our lives is a good
and perfect gift. At every stage and in every circumstance,
we are held in existence by God’s love.
— Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, OFM Cap. Archbishop of Boston
Homebound Communion Calls
On Thursday, December 3, Fr. Lubo will be visiting the homebound. If you or someone you know, would like to receive Holy Communion, please call the rectory at 943-8553 by Tuesday afternoon. Thank you.
First Friday Mass and Exposition
You are encouraged to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus by attending either the 7:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Mass on Friday, December 4. Confessions will be heard at 7:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from after the 7:45 a.m. Mass until 11:25 a.m. Your hour with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will repair for evils of the world and bring about peace on earth. “Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Jesus and ready to make reparation for the great evils of the world. Let your adoration never cease.” (St. John Paul II, Dominicai Cenae)
Liturgical Ministers/Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Volunteers are needed for all ministries except Cantors. Masses where there is a need are Monday, December 7th at 5:30 Mass, and Tuesday, December 8 for 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. If you are available, please call the rectory at 943-8553. Thank you.
Each year on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil, thousands are baptized into the Catholic Church in the United States. Parishes welcome these new Catholics through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. Have you felt this attraction to become Catholic? Would you like to learn more about what being a Catholic means? If so, please call Michael Kelleher at 934-4076, and plan to attend an inquiry session on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m.
Families and the Gospel
At this time of the year we are very conscious of our family as we make preparations for Christmas. The gospel warns us not to be consumed by all the consumer activity. This Advent appreciate the gift of people in your life. The best gift this season might be your appreciation of others.
Stewardship Reflections First Sunday of Advent
Let us begin this great season of Advent with a vow to be “vigilant” in the wise stewardship of everything entrusted to us with the understanding that we will be held accountable for our actions.
This new liturgical year the weekly liturgical reflections will look closely at God’s mercy. Beginning this December 8th, Pope Francis has named this to be a Holy Year of Mercy. As one of the prayers at Mass this Friday of the First Week of Advent proclaims, “...come, we pray, to our rescue with the protection of your mercy.” As we prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the Savior’s birth
and as we ready ourselves to greet the Lord when he comes again, we place ourselves completely within the divine mercy of God.
- 2015, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office
Year of Mercy
Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This Holy Year of Mercy will begin December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. It will close November 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King. This year’s motto is “Merciful Like the Father”. Sometimes, when we think of the word mercy, we picture someone throwing themselves on their knees before a cruel villain, pleading to be spared some punishment. This is not our understanding of God’s mercy. We do not ask for God’s mercy because we are afraid of incurring his wrath as punishment for our sins. Rather, when we call on God to have mercy, we are calling on God in the only way we know him-as one who responds with compassion to those in need. When we show mercy to others, we are responding as God responds, with compassion.
In Your Prayers
Please remember in your prayers the health intention of
Marcella Adams, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara
Barker, Donald Belsey, Elizabeth, Valerie Brumbaugh, Paxton
Burr, Kierra Chirdon, Anna Chonko, Denise Conrad, Mary
Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis,
Phyllis DiTosti, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio,
May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley
Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick,
Mary Frederick, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Jean
Hagan, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Michael Himes, Nancy
James, Ken Keagy, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Riley
Marie Lansberry, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Elizabeth
McConnell, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Vicki
Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Cindy Oswald,
Donny Ott, Joe Peroni, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden
Rhodes, Joan Robison, , Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina
Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, , Luke Schultz, Jacqueline
Smith, Richard Soller, John Templon, Pete Szebin,
Caitlin Thompson, Carole Treese, Mary Pat Williams and
In the event our prayers have helped, you are asked to call the rectory to have your name removed from the list. You can always have it put back on if need be. Thank you.
To have a name added to the prayer list, please call the rectory office before noon on Monday to have the name placed in that weekends bulletin. You must have the persons permission to print their name.