Season of ADVENT
ADVENT OFFERING CHALLENGE
The Advent season prepares us for Christmas, the birth of Jesus. Beginning Sunday, Nov. 28, the parishioners are asked to make a prayer or sacrifice each day until Christmas Eve. Each of your sacrifice and/or prayers will gain you a straw to place on the crib where our baby Jesus will rest.
By Christmas, the baby Jesus will rest on all the straws offered.
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
Friday, Dec. 24 - 9 am, 5:30 pm, 11:15-11:45 pm
5:30 pm - Children's Liturgy and Nativity Play
11:15-11:45 pm - Christmas Eve Carols and Sing-along.
There will be no Confessions this day.
Saturday, Dec. 25 - 12am, 8am, 10am, 12pm
Midnight and Christmas Day (8am, 10am, 12pm) Masses.
There will be no 9:00 a.m. Mass this day.
There will be no 5:30 pm Sunday Vigil mass.
There will be no Confessions this day, also.
Sunday, Dec. 26 - 8am, 10am, 12pm
Confessions 1/2 hour prior to Sunday Mass times will resume.
Saturday, Jan. 1
New Year's Day Mass
9:00 am - Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
5:30 pm - Vigil, Epiphany of the Lord
There will be no Healing Mass today per usual 1st Saturdays. Healing Mass or Anointing of the Sick Mass is postponed until January 8 this one time only.
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LATEST DIOCESE/COUNTY COMPLIANCE
In response to the latest COVID resurgence, and omicron variant, the California Department of Public Health has announced that effective Wednesday December 15th, all persons must wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status. The announcement indicated this will be in force at least until January 15, 2022.
DECEMBER 19, 2021 - 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
1st Reading: Micah 5:1-4a
2nd Reading: Hebrews 10: 5-10
Gospel: Luke 1:39-45
In today's Gospel, we hear of Mary going out of her way to visit her cousin Elizabeth. It was a difficult journey for a pregnant woman, but Mary went the "extra mile" to do God's will. She obeyed God and believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.
What if just what if Mary had refused to obey? What if she had quit along the way? What if she had insisted on her own terms, and on her own way? Or Joseph, for that matter, what if he had refused to take Mary as his wife? As it is, the divine plan was realized because of their obedience. Salvation began to happen because they carried out the plan of God for them. Mary obeyed and took the difficult 100-mile journey to Ein Karem. She brought joy and happiness to Elizabeth because of her obedience and in doing so, she too was cleared of her confusion and doubts, and was affirmed of her mission. Elizabeth confirmed that indeed she was most blessed among women. "Along with obedience come joy, freedom and untold blessings. As someone said it: obey and you will be OK; disobey and you will have regrets all the way.
Lord, give me the grace to obey you and help me to go out of my way, and go the "extra mile." Amen.
10:00 AM, 9:30-Rosary
8:30 AM Devotional Prayer
9:00 AM Mass
HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION
9:00 AM and 7:00 PM
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
30 minutes before each Sunday Mass
Other times by Appointment