This weekend we enter into Advent, the period in which we prepare our hearts and our homes to welcome the baby Jesus at Christmas. It is also a period in which we prepare our souls for the return of Christ in glory at the end of time.
The state of the world today has many of us thinking that the end times might be very close at hand. They could be, but people have been saying this ever since time began. Jesus himself tells us that the end will come upon us unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. Since we can’t know the exact day and time, we have to stay alert and always be prepared for the sound of those trumpets announcing the return of Our Lord.
To help us get ready, Advent is traditionally a time when we expand the times available for Confessions. This will be more complicated this year because of COVID restrictions. We will not be able to have our traditional communal Advent penance service.
There will, however, be an extra hour for Confessions on Saturdays during Advent from 2:30 – 4:30 PM in the parish hall. Please remember that we are also using the parish hall for Masses, which means that Confessions will have to end at 4:30 PM; don’t wait until the last minute! Additional times will be available during the week, most likely combined with Adorations of the Blessed Sacrament in the church.
These dates are still being determined because I am waiting to see what happens with the governor’s Covid “freeze” and how it will affect our numbers. If necessary, to control numbers at these events, it might be necessary to sign up in advance. Check next weekend’s bulletin for more information about these events.
The hidden blessing within the curse of Covid is that perhaps this year the Advent season will be less busy, giving all of us more time in which to declutter our spiritual lives and make room in our hearts for Jesus.
Father Brent Crowe