Prayers Of The Faithful – December 20

For Pope Francis who reminds us to pray each day for one another and for the Church.
We pray to the Lord.

For our Bishop, Christian, beginning his second year leading our Diocese, and giving us reason to be hopeful in difficult times.
We pray to the Lord.

For the revision of proposed legislation that expands assisted suicide and punishes parents for carrying out their duty.
We pray to the Lord.

For the safety of those who will travel this week and for the many more who are unable to travel to family and loved ones.
We pray to the Lord.

For all of you and many more who have generously provided for needy families this Christmas and for each person who will benefit from this kindness.
We pray to the Lord.

For our relatives and friends who are ill and for each person burdened by physical or mental illness and for caregivers.
We pray to the Lord.

For those who have died: Michael Raj, Donald Taylor, Michael Maloughney, Bill Baker, Nelson Walsh, that God will welcome them into the fullness of heavenly joy.
We pray to the Lord.

Christmas Masses

We still have a few openings for our Christmas Masses at 3 pm on Christmas Eve, and at 10 am on Christmas morning. Please fill out the form at the link below to indicate your preference.

Please note that Filling out the form is not a guarantee that you will be able to attend your preferred Mass. A change in COVID levels could mean a decrease in the number of people allowed in the church, so we will not be sending out invitations to Masses until early next week.

Christmas Mass Preference Form

Introduction – Prayers Of The Faithful

Willie Nelson recorded a song a few years ago that spoke of a longing for the return of heroes to their rightful place. It says, the world’s done gone crazy and it seems to get worse every day so come on back Jesus and pick up John Wayne on the way!

Each of us has heroes, probably one if not both of those that Willie mentions but we also have heroes that are unique to our own lives and family stories. Parents and grandparents, teachers and coaches, kind pastors and men and women we admired who helped us to feel safe in times of trouble or hopeful in times of uncertainty or when we doubted we could make it on our own. The current pandemic has presented just such a time. And this Sunday recalls a hero, John the Baptist. He lived in a physical wilderness and lived on what he had at hand. And then he came and preached to people who were in another sort of wilderness… an isolation and fear that comes from feeling hopeless and powerless. He calls us to reach out with what we have… a phone call or brief note to a shut in or person grieving alone… words of encouragement to people struggling financially, maybe a gift of food if you are able… to encourage a child or grandchild in their studies during the present uncertainties… to say thank you to people providing essential services… in doing this you bring back John the Baptist… and pick up Jesus on the way!

Christmas Flowers

Donations in memory of loved ones are being accepted to assist with our decorations during the Christmas season. Please place your offering in an envelope marked “flowers” together with the names of those who will be remembered during our Christmas Masses. Please include your own name and envelope number. Donations will be accepted until Sunday, December 13.