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2013 ADVENT LITURGIES:
OVERALL THEME: FROM DARK INTO LIGHT
December 8 2nd Sunday of Advent
(Walk) in harmony...to glorify God Romans 15;5-6
December 15 3rd Sunday of Advent
(Make) your hearts firm...for he coming of the Lord Isaiah 3-3; James 5:7
December 19: Parish Advent Penance Service; 7pm Individual Confession is also available each Saturday at 4pm and Spanish Confession each Sunday at 5pm.
I encourage you to make this sacrament part of your Advent preparation.
December 22 4th Sunday of Advent
Receive...faith...and belong to Jesus, (the Light of the World) Romans 1:5-6
December 24 Christmas Eve Masses: 4pm, 6:30pm and 12 Midnight (Christmas caroling will begin at 11:15pm)
December 25 Christmas Day Masses: 7:30, 9, and 11am and 6pm in Spanish
January 1, 2014 Mary, the Mother of God Masses: 9am and 7pm and 1pm in Spanish
St. Alexander Church at 300 S Cornell, Villa Park, IL 60181 US - Home
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This weekend, on the 2nd Sunday in Advent, we encounter John the Baptist calling everyone to hear the message of repentance. And repentance is part of our climb up that ‘
That is EXACTLY what it feels like when we try to go through life and avoid repentance at all costs. We have this awful habit of allowing all that guilt and hurt to weigh us down, as we drag it around with us everywhere we go. I once had a person describe to me their feeling every time they come out of the confessional. They said that it was like losing weight. They felt lighter and more joyful, unburdened by the stress of constantly feeling guilty for their own sins. I think this is also the feeling we get when we seek forgiveness from one another. There is nothing more grace-filled than hearing the words “I forgive you.” Seek repentance where you know you can, and even more importantly, generously give forgiveness and never hold on to resentment. None of that baggage is worth dragging up the mountain.
St. Alexander… pray for us
Fr. Mark (Twitter: @FrMarkCMPunk)
|Pope Francis' Exhortation: Joy of the Gospel English .pdf Spanish .pdf|
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|2013 'State of the Parish'|