The month of December is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. The Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first moment of her conception, by a singular privilege of Almighty God, and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, our Savior and hers, was preserved from all stain of original sin.
The first 24 days of December fall during the liturgical season known as of Advent and are represented by the liturgical color purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart. The remaining days of December mark the beginning of the Christmas season. The liturgical color changes to white or gold — a symbol of joy, purity and innocence.
The month of December is filled with expectation and celebration. Preparation is the key word for the first 24 days of December. Everyone is getting ready for Christmas — shopping and decorating, baking and cleaning. Too often, however, we are so busy with the material preparations that we lose sight of the real reason for our activity.
Christmas is a Christian feast — and we must reclaim it as such! In the same way that a family eagerly prepares for a baby, so in Advent should we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child. We should keep Advent as a season of waiting and longing, of conversion and of hope and keep our thoughts on the incredible love and humility of our God in taking on the flesh of the Virgin Mary. Let us not forget to prepare a peaceful place in our hearts wherein our Savior may come to dwell.
The best person we can turn to for help during Advent is Mary, Christ's and our Mother. She awaited the day of His birth with more eagerness than any other human being. Her preparation was complete in every respect. Let's crown our preparation and borrow something of Mary's prayerfulness, her purity and whole-hearted submission to God's will.
Take a moment and say a prayer to Our Lady, our Grotto is always open.
Sunday Masses: 8:00am and 10:15am
Daily Mass: Monday through Friday, 8:15am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturdays: 3:30pm - 4:00pm, or by Appointment
- Rev. Brian E. Lang, Pastor
- Sharon Sly, Parish Business Administrator
- Sister Beth Ann Dillon, Director of Faith Formation and Catechesis
- Michelle Alexander, Parish & Pastoral Administrative Assistant
- Barbara Sanpietro, Parish Receptionist & Faith Formation Administrative Assistant
- Mark Patterson, Supervisor of Maintenance
- David Short, Maintenance & Cemetery Field Assistant
- Tim Brooks, Maintenance Assistant
- Anna Egert, Organist
- Grace Gist, Cantor
- Debbie Hubbard, Human Development Committee Chair
Parish Office Hours
Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Sundays - after the 10:15 am Mass, until 12 noon
Parish office: 315-685-5083