The Sister Isaac Center – 1st Sunday of Advent – November 27, 2016
Happy New Year! The Church’s Liturgical New Year begins with today’s celebration and we are in Cycle A with the majority of our Gospels being taken from St. Matthew.
Our first scripture reading is from the prophet Isaiah and what a message he has for us! “They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” What a beautiful vision of peace is promised us if we live our lives in love and justice.
How might we do this? At the Center we make an effort to accomplish peace and justice by “being” peace and justice to one another and to our guests. Although the Gospel reminds us that no one knows when our God will come to take us home, we do believe that God comes to us in our brothers and sisters.
We have two big projects for this season to put some flesh on this belief. Reread Shel Silverstein’s children’s book, The Giving Tree. Select a leaf or two that will permit us help several dozen families have a wonderful Christmas. The Tree provides each child with a small toy or game (about $20) and $30 toward some new clothing. We also provided a household gift for Mom and Dad who, more often than not, ask us to concentrate on the children, but they, too, need to be recognized either by a set of pots and pans, or sheets, or comforter, etc. We also provide Christmas Dinner.
Yesterday’s children is a shoe box filled with hygiene products either for a man or a woman. We give these as gifts to our families at Hadden Hall I and II, and if we have extras we reach out to some of our homebound in Nursing Centers. This year we are also going to try and help the Seaman’s Center.
On December 21st lots of Santa’s Elves will distribute the gifts and shoeboxes and if you would like to help please call the Office at 762-5491 x135.
Special Need for the Week: Select a leaf or a shoebox.
RCIA: Having been signed with the Cross last week, we begin to ponder the great mystery of the Incarnation.