From the Desk of Fr. Underwood:
The beauty of Christmas - and the precious celebration of the birth of Christ - is captured quite enthusiastically in the joy of our parish children. It is always exciting to see them look upon the nativity and adore the Christ child, while marveling with all those standing around from the nativity story. They love the quirky sheep, the magi who appear at the Epiphany, and the love on the faces of Mary & Joseph.
As the pastor of this beautiful flock at St. Lawrence, I am excited that we can incorporate our children in the lived expression of our faith. This Advent and Christmas, we are going to build upon some recent traditions:
- At the two Christmas Eve Masses and Midnight Mass, a child (or two) will bring up the baby Jesus to the manger in the entrance procession. This weekend, children who want to be considered can put their name in a drawing for these roles. We will announce the “winner” of these drawings at the Children’s Mass Dec 16th at 11:15am.
- At the Vatican, the 3rd Sunday of Advent is known as Bambinelli Sunday. Children are invited to bring the baby Jesus from their home nativities to get blessed at Mass by the Holy Father. I am inviting children to bring the baby Jesus from their home nativity to the Children’s Mass that day (Dec 16th) at 11:15am, where we will bless them.
- On Sunday December 16th, after all morning Masses, we will be selling Catholic Christmas decorations, especially Nativities and past St. Lawrence ornaments. We have several things that will make Christmas special and focused on the Christ Child. Stop by the Parish Hall after 8, 9:30, and 11:15 Masses. Cash and check accepted.
I hope these expressions of our faith will draw our attention more lovingly to our Lord, who humbled himself to save us from our sins and lead us to Heaven.
Fruitful Harvest 2018: If you have not yet made your Fruitful Harvest pledge, please do so before the end of December. We are getting close to meeting our goal – and it would be wonderful if every parish family participated in some way. If you have questions about this appeal, please let me know. You can pledge online at www.dol-in.org or pledge cards are available by asking after Masses.
Christmas Wish List: The Wish List is published again in this bulletin. It is updated with memorials and contributions. Thank you to those who have made a gift to the parish!
Advent Outreach Collection: This weekend and next, we are taking up the Advent Outreach Second Collection. This collection will benefit Caregiver Companion, Habitat fro Humanity, and Matrix LifeCare Center. Thank you for being a part of the St. Lawrence Outreach Ministry.