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Building Strong Catholic Families

We do many things to get ourselves ready for our celebration of Christmas: purchase gifts, prepare Christmas cards, decorate our homes. John's call of repentance in preparation for Jesus reminds us that our repentance is another way in which we prepare for the Lord's coming and our celebration of Christmas. Talk about how John reminds the people that they prepare for the reign of God by reforming their lives. Consider going to confession as a family, and then have a nice dinner together celebrating the Lord’s loving mercy. If you go to Destiny USA check out the Franciscan place on the lower level and consider going to confession before enjoying the mall. Check their website for details: https://assumptionsyr.org/ministries/franciscan-place-at-destiny-usa/

A Year of Coming to Know God

We are all called to holiness and to discern what God is calling each of us personally to do. In God’s magnificent design, just as our Fall from Grace was brought about through the cooperation of a man and woman, so too our Salvation was brought about through the cooperation of a man and woman. The story of the Fall begins with a wicked angel – the Serpent – coming first to a woman, and then the woman’s cooperation leads to the completion of our Fall by a man. The story of Redemption begins with a good angel – Gabriel – coming first to a woman, and then the woman’s cooperation leads to the completion of our Redemption by a man.

Events this week:

December 4- Kindergarten Faith Club, Family of Faith, EDGE, 9:30am, St. Mary’s Hall 4- Confirmation Retreat, 1:30pm, St. Mary’s 5- Confirmation Year 1 & 2, 6:30pm, St. Francis Church 7- RCIA/Adult Faith Formation, 6:30pm, St. John Bosco Faith Formation Center

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