As we know, Advent is a special time in the Church year as we prepare for the coming of the Lord. Advent holds out the hope and desire to see the light of Christ shine through the darkness of our world. Our Holy Father Pope Francis focused on the importance of hope during Advent. He stated, “The time of Advent returns us to the horizon of hope, a hope that does not disappoint because it is founded on the Word of God.” It is “a new journey of the People of God with Jesus Christ, our Shepherd, who guides us in history towards the completion of the Kingdom of God.”
During this special time, we will sponsor our Advent Parish Mission which will be presented by Fr. Brian Higgins. Fr. Higgins previously was the Director of Vocations of the Archdiocese of Atlanta and currently is the Pastor of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church. A Parish Mission provides us with an important and timely opportunity for spiritual healing and renewal. With an emphasis on love and mercy, it also can provide an opportunity to change hearts and transform lives as we renew and strengthen our relationship with Our Lord.
At this special time, we are urged to remain watchful and vigilant as we wait in joyful anticipation for the coming of the Lord. He is ready to come more fully into our homes. He is ready to come more fully into our lives. He is ready to come more fully into our hearts. This Christmas we are invited to give the Lord the gift of a pure heart. During our Mission, Fr. Higgins will focus on our call to discipleship in the midst of the trials and temptations of this world. He will speak of the gift of the Christ Child that awaits us.
We invite you to come to this Mission. Please invite your loved ones and friends, especially those Catholics who may have been away from the Church for some time and for some reason. Through God’s grace, you may be instrumental in getting your loved ones and friends to return to the precious faith we love and cherish.
The Parish Mission will take place this Monday, November 28th to Wednesday, November 30th. There will be an evening session only, beginning at 7 pm. Details concerning the Mission can be obtained from the Parish bulletin and website as well as from the Parish office.
I pray that you will participate in the Parish Mission and avail yourself of this special time of grace.