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5:30 pm Wednesday
5:00 pm Saturday Vigil
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5:00 pm Wednesday
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Christmas Eve Masses: 4:00 pm, 8:00 pm,
12 Midnight, Christmas Day: 10:00 am
Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
(Holy Day of Obligation)
December 31st Vigil: 5:00 pm,
January 1st: 8:00 am, 10:00 am
Dear St. Edward Family,
Grace and peace to each of you and your families as we begin this Advent season. Again I want to thank each of you for your generosity to our parish community, especially those of you who continue to give on a regular basis. Without your help we would certainly not be able to operate as a parish community in meeting your needs and the needs of God’s people. I want to take this opportunity to bring to your attention the financial status of our parish.
With the passing of time, it is not unusual (as many of us well know) that wear and tear begins to take its toll not only on our bodies, but on our buildings and facilities as well. Soon we find that we not only need repairs here and there, but even replacements as well. We have recently had several major expenses including the repair to our junior high roof ($8,000.00) and the purchasing of a new chiller ($60,000.00) in order to keep our building comfortable. In addition to these expenses, our Sunday collections are down considerably as well. Our average monthly expenses for the church are $95, 275.00 and our average monthly Sunday collection is $75, 884.00 (both of these figures are from the fiscal year for 2013). Unfortunately, our average monthly Sunday collections so far for the 2014 fiscal year has dropped significantly to $71, 588.00. So as you can see we desperately need your help.
In the true spirit of Christmas giving, I ask that each of you please prayerfully consider increasing (or for some, to begin giving) your weekly contribution. I promise you, God can never be outdone in generosity. He will bless you and your family a hundred times over. I know this from my own experience as a former Optometrist who, from advice from my dad (who tithed every week from his GROSS income!), began tithing every week from my gross income. In a very short period of time my practice suddenly began flourishing as never before. As my father always told us (his TEN children, and his parish community as well): “The best investment that you can ever make in this life is in God and in His Church”.
I know 10% off the top can seem quite intimidating to most of us, but would you please prayerfully consider taking some baby steps at least? Out of the 1400 registered families in our parish only 900 families are actively giving back to our community. So, here is my proposal: 1.) Would each family please prayerfully consider giving, as a one-time Christmas gift this year to our parish, at least $25.00 in the Sunday collection? 2.) And as part of your new year’s resolution, would each family please prayerfully consider increasing your weekly contribution by at least $5.00 (the cost of one Starbuck’s cup of coffee), especially those of you who typically do not contribute to the Sunday collection?
The more we know our Lord personally, and His profound love for us, the more we naturally (or supernaturally), out of a deep sense of gratitude and love for Him, want to give back to Him and to His Church and to the needs of others. My prayer for each of us this Advent and Christmas season is that, through the birth of the Christ Child in our hearts, we may all come to a deeper knowledge of God’s generosity to us in giving us the Gift (Jesus) that keeps on giving.
God bless you and your families in abundance this Advent and Christmas season, and thank you again for all you do for our parish community!
In Jesus through Mary,
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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.”
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:26-38
If you add up all of the words spoken by Mary to the Angel at the Annunciation ; to Elizabeth at their meeting [122 in the Magnificat]; when she and Joseph find Jesus in the Temple ; and her comments to Jesus and instructions to the servants at the wedding feast at Cana , she speaks a total of 181 words in all of Scripture. Mary was a woman of few words, at least according to the Gospels. From expressing her lack of understanding about How God would accomplish what the angel announced to her, to her simple, “May it be done unto me according to your word,” and her awareness that “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord” to her final instructions to the servants at Cana, “Do whatever he tells you.” Mary is both our Mother and our Model. As Christmas gets nearer we should all be growing stronger in our willingness to accept the challenges God has in store for us with a simple “My it be done unto me according to your word” so our soul will “proclaim the greatness of our Lord” and we will be ready, without hesitation to “Do whatever he tells you.” Now, let us celebrate Christmas.