Thank You Very Much!
Once again, I have to be sure to say “Thank You” to all who expressed some type of “Happy Birthday” to me over the past couple of weeks. I received many cards containing either money, gift certificates, or promises of prayers! Thank You. I also received a spiritual bouquet which is always very humbling and moving to know explicitly how much people are praying for me. In case you do not know, a spiritual bouquet is a presentation of small pledge cards by any number of people that each have written on it a promise to pray prayers or make sacrifices on the recipient’s behalf. I deeply appreciate all of the Rosaries, fasts, Holy Communions, and other penances/prayers offered on my behalf. I will always gladly accept all of it! Thank You.
Please continue to keep in mind that praying for our Pope, all Bishops (especially our own), Priests and Deacons is critical to the strength and effectiveness of the Church in bringing souls to Christ. An easy way to do that is to get in the habit of using the beginning of the Rosary “tail beads.” That first “Our Father” should be offered for the Pope (His health, well-being, and Intentions). The three Hail Mary’s are often offered for an increase in Faith, Hope, and Love. This is good, but I would suggest adding to that, prayers for all Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. This is simply one suggested way, but by all means let the Holy Spirit guide you into other types of offerings on their behalf as well!
Hope all had a Blessed time of giving thanks with your families this past week and now we enter the beauty of the Advent and Christmas seasons! Let us prepare well the way of the Lord! One heads up I would like to give is that rather than having an Advent Penance service on Sunday afternoon here at OLOP, we will be having multiple priests here for confessions over the course of three nights during our Advent Mission with Deacon Mike LeBeau. This will be December 14, 15, and 16.
There will be a regular penance service in Bessemer and Ontonagon. Please remember that confessions are available each day prior to daily Mass and on Saturday from 11:00 to Noon (or whenever I get done with the people that are there). It should be every Catholic’s priority to celebrate this powerful Sacrament of Reconciliation sometime prior to the great Solemnity of Christmas!
May the Peace of Christ be with you always!