My Dear Friends,
Today Catholic Christians celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent. If you have an Advent wreath, you should light 2 violet candles. The scripture of the day introduces us to John the Baptist, the man God chose to be the herald of the long-promised Messiah. Of Jesus, John said, “One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit” (Mark 1: 8).
This Tuesday is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint of all the Americas. This feast celebrates the appearance of St. Mary to 57-year old St. Juan Diego at Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City from December 9-12, 1531. From this apparition more than 9,000,000 Aztecs became Catholic Christians within 7 years. The Midnight Mass for this feast is by far the most exuberant Mass of the year here at the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary. Please see bulletin for the Guadalupe celebration times.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
– Father Bob