“Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come."
This past Sunday was the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the new liturgical year. Advent is a season of preparation and of penitence. We prepare for the coming of our Lord in Glory in the last days, and we prepare for his Incarnation at Christmas. “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come." (Mk 13:33) One of the ways we prepare is by acknowledging our sinfulness and that we need a savior. We cannot save ourselves, we must depend on God.
Maybe you haven't been to confession in a while, or maybe you go regularly; regardless, go to confession this Advent! Here is the parish schedule for Confessions:
Saturdays — 3:00 PM at Sacred Heart Church
4:00 PM at St. Joseph Church
Tuesdays — 5:30 PM at Sacred Heart Church
Parish Advent Penance Service — 1:00 PM, Sunday December 14 at Sacred Heart Church
You can also ALWAYS make an appointment, or ask Fr. Marc or me (Fr. Jeff) when you us. I for one will hear confessions anywhere, anytime (even in Wal-Mart).
BUT THERE'S MORE...
As noted in my homily, if you come to me for confession this Advent you will get the Advent Penance Special of only THREE HAIL MARY'S!!! NO MATTER WHAT YOU NEED TO CONFESS!!! So don't let fear be an obstacle to reconciliation with God. Get thee to the confessional! Have a blessed Advent.
- Fr. Jeff