My Dear Friends,
This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the new Church Year. The purpose of Advent is to prepare ourselves for Jesus’ coming at the end of time and at Christmas. In today’s Gospel selection from St. Mark, Jesus reminds us, “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come” (Mark 13: 33). Jesus is referring to the end of our days on earth. This New Year follows Cycle B, meaning that most of our Gospel readings will be from St. Mark, the oldest and shortest of the Gospels.

If you have an Advent wreath, light 1 of the violet candles this week.

During Advent, every parish in the Cape Fear Deanery has a Reconciliation Service. Our Advent Reconciliation Service will be this Tuesday, November 6, at 10:30 a.m. If you want to attend an evening service, there is one at St. Stanislaus at 7 that same day.

This Friday, December 8th, is the feast of the Immaculate Conception – the feast celebrating the idea that from the moment of her conception in her mother’s womb, Mary was free from Original Sin. Masses for this holy day of obligation will be: 8:30, 12:10, 5:30, and 7. The 7 p.m. Mass is in Spanish, and the others are in English.

Sincerely yours in Christ
– Father Bob