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Thanksgiving Day Mass: 9:00 amThe Immaculate Conception of the Blessed
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In just a few days, most of us here in the United States will be gathering with our families and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. This is always a wonderful opportunity for each of us, as we come to the en
d of another liturgical year a
nd quickly approach the season of Advent, to give thanks to God for all the many ways He has blessed us this past year. It is also important for us to remember the poor, the hungry and homeless, those isolated from family and friends, and all those who have no way to share in Thanksgiving Day.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your generosity, love and prayerful support not only toward me but toward our parish, and for all the ways you have made me feel so welcome as your new pastor. Losing someone we dearly love (i.e., former pastors, or in my case my own Dad this past October) is never easy. In fact, it can be extremely painful. Yet as Christians, and with the help of God’s grace, we remain a people of hope. We know that with every “death”, a new life, a new beginning, awaits us on the horizon. So let us together, in faith, continue to cling to our Lord and Savior, Jesus, who loves each and every one of us with an unfathomable love. It is in this knowledge of His love for us that our grief and our sorrow will soon give way to an unimaginable joy that only God can give.
In appreciation of your support and love, I want to give each household this Advent a copy of The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly. It is a wonderful book that I hope you find not only helpful, but also re-energizing in your spiritual development. Please pick one up for your family next weekend after Mass so that you can enjoy it during the Advent season.
In closing, I would like to share with you the sentiments and prayer of thanksgiving from St. Paul (Phil. 1:3-6): "I give thanks to God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the very first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus."
I wish each of you a blessed Thanksgiving, and may this Advent truly be a season filled with joyful anticipation as together we await with great expectation the coming of our Lord and Savior.
With sincere gratitude,
Fr. Mark Nolte
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What is happening during the Mass
Catalina Rivas of Cochabamba, Bolivia, who now dwells in Mérida, Yucatán, México. She is said to receive Messages from Jesus, Mary, and the angels. She has the approval of her Bishop, René Fernández Apaza, who has given his imprimatur to her Messages. The following text is the reproduction of booklet, “The Holy Mass,” in which Our Lord and Our Lady explain to Catalina what is really going on during the Mass in the spiritual realm, and how we should be more concentrated on the great mysteries that are taking place.
Bo. Daniel Gagnon, OMI, of the Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Archdiocese of Mexico, wrote about this book: “I do not find anything against the faith or the customs of the Church. It is not my function to confirm its supernatural character; nevertheless, I recommend it for its spiritual inspiration.”
“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for the least ones, you did for me.” Matthew 25:31-46