From Our Pastor – December 10, 2017 Bulletin Message
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. – Matthew 7:7
We asked and you responded.
Thank you for your generosity in answering the call for Christmas in Appalachia gifts for the poor who are served by St. Vincent Mission in David, Kentucky. If you came to our after-Mass socials last weekend, you saw the wide assortment of clothes, toys, tools, pots and pans, towels and more that we collected for our brothers and sisters in Kentucky.
Wondering exactly where David, Kentucky is? Try Googling it. The former coal company town in Eastern Kentucky is roughly a six-hour drive from here. It is the quintessential “middle of nowhere” community where there is no grocery store or gas station, and the Post Office is only open for 90 minutes each day.
Your Christmas in Appalachia gifts will be shared with the people of that poverty-stricken area. Please keep them in your prayers.
Also, please consider responding to God’s call to all of us to communicate with Him through the sacrament of reconciliation. We offer reconciliation here every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. If that time does not work for you, you can make an appointment with me, or consider traveling less than three miles from here to St. Alexis, which offers reconciliation on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. as well as from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
In addition, we offer communal penance services during Advent and Lent that include several priests from neighboring parishes. This year’s Advent Penance Service is on Monday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Our neighboring parishes will hold communal penance services at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, at St. Alexis, and Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Sts. John & Paul.
We’ll leave the confessional light on for you at every parish in the diocese on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. during our “The Light is On for You” reconciliation program.
A famous line from Matthew’s Gospel is “knock and the door will be opened to you”.
For reconciliation, you don’t even have to knock. We’ll leave the church door open for you.
Just come on in!
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Kevin C. Fazio