DECEMBER 3 & 4, 2022
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
FROM DEACON DICK
Advent 2022 – Waiting in Hope
We may be tempted to think that our search for hope in our chaotic, divisive world is unique, but humanity has always searched for hope and meaning in life. So, let’s consider excerpts from the pastoral letter of St. Charles Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan, (+1584) as he reflects on the Season of Advent.
“Beloved, now is the acceptable time spoken of by the Spirit, the day of salvation, peace, and reconciliation: the great season of Advent. This is the season that the Church has always celebrated with special solemnity. We should always observe it with faith and love, offering praise and thanksgiving to the Father for the mercy and love shown to us in this mystery. In his infinite love for us, even though we were sinners, he sent his only Son to free us from the tyranny of Satan (and) to make us children of God and heirs of eternal life.
The Church asks us to understand that Christ, who came once in the flesh, is prepared to come again. When we remove all obstacles to his presence he will come, at any hour and moment, to dwell spiritually in our hearts, bringing with him the riches of his grace.”
Thank you, St. Charles, for reminding us of the Source of our ultimate hope!
God of love,
our world is wrought with war and violence,
as brother turns on brother,
and the innocent awake to gunfire and bombs.
May Your compassion and healing
move hearts and bring a new day to Ukraine.
Fortify your children to resist agression
and instead become instuments of peace.
We ask this in the name of the One
who is the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
Synod: a definition
“Despite the odd-sounding words, the vision is very simple: it’s about experiencing our faith as a journey together, accompanied by Jesus and the Apostles,” writes Bishop Scharfenberger in his Evangelist column. Essentially, the Synod, as Pope Francis has outlined it, will be about mutual listening and dialoging. It will be about reflecting and journeying together. Don’t get scared off by the unusual words. (Synodality isn’t even in the dictionary!) This local synod process is simply going to be an opportunity for you to share your thoughts, your hopes and your needs as a Catholic. We want to hear from you. We want to know what you need from the Church – both local and universal – to help you on your journey of faith. Together we will take the next steps toward greater unity, greater collaboration, greater faith!
Dominican Retreat and Conference Center
The Dominican Retreat and Conference Center in Niskayuna, New York offers retreats for women and men, workshops and presentations to enhance your spiritual life and growth. We offer retreats for persons in 12 step programs on topics of alcoholism, abuse, and eating issues. Be sure to check out the Windmill, a private hermitage, available for private individual retreats. If you need a place to hold a retreat or conference, we have just the spot for you!
(Search Christ Our Light Church Loudonville)
Sunday, 10 AM
Tuesday, 9 AM
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Children's Worship Bulletins
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Readings for the Memorial of Saint Ambrose, bishop and doctor of the ChurchReading 1 Is 40:25-31
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Reading 1 Is 40:1-11
12/05/22 9:30 am
Reading I Is 35:1-10