Advent Notes from the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In just a few days, we will be ending the present church year and beginning a new one. This upcoming church year will mark our 125th Anniversary as a parish, and we are planning several different celebrations. A committee has begun planning for this momentous event in our parish history.

We begin this new year with Advent, that sacred season of Anticipation and expectation in which we come to terms with the deepest yearning of our soul - a yearning fulfilled only in Jesus Christ. As we wait for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas, let us turn over to him all the false satisfaction - the compromises - of our life. To live Advent is to live in awareness of a Presence that changes us. Our Advent preparation is marked by vigilance - custody of the heart, in which we keep our soul fixed on the Lord. For what we see incarnate in the infant Jesus we desire for ourselves: purity, innocence, and child-likeness restored.  In the birth of this Child, we know the promises of our own spiritual rebirth. 

As always,
In Christ and St. Benedict,

Fr. Paschal Morlino, O.S.B.
Pastor