Christmas Eve Mass Schedule, December 24th: 3:00 pm - Christmas Concert followed by 4:00pm Vigil Mass, 5:30pm - Prelude Music followed by 6:30pm Vigil Mass. Christmas Mass Schedule, December 25th: 8:00am and 9:45 am Mass (No 11:30am Mass) The parish office will be closed December 24-26, 2018. Have a Merry Christmas!

From the Tee Box

A Blog by Father Trey Nelson

"MAKING HASTE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION..."

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent

It may not necessarily be the most significant verse in today’s Gospel selection, but for some reason it has stayed with me since this morning: “Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste.” (Luke 1:39) If you think about it, we “make haste” about and toward a lot of things. We give time, attention, and energy to various tasks and people too. The thought to consider, however, would be whether or not we are “making haste toward” the right things and toward the people to whom God asks.

There’s a lot of haste-making right now. Order it. Buy it. Wrap it. Cook it. Deliver it. You name it. This is normal for the season. In it all, and beyond Christmas into the everyday life of a new year, are we making haste toward a deeper relationship with Christ and toward those who are truly in need? Mary was focused. How focused are we? That’s our calling too.

FOR REFLECTION: What does it mean for you to “make haste” toward Christ in daily living?

"SOMEONE WHO REMEMBERS..."

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

The name Zechariah means “God remembers.” This is very consoling for me. At times in my life, during certain moments of trouble, stress, and difficulty, I tend to go through what I call an initial “freak out” phase. During this time, those who give me counsel often tell me, “man, you just have to let go of that.” I think it’s important that we regularly recall God’s track record with us. We have always been protected. We have always been healed, forgiven, and lifted up. And we have always made it through to the other side of a difficult situation.

During this season, scripture presents us with various persons who seem to have been able to stay the course and remember. All too often we forget. Let’s choose to be someone who remembers on a regular basis all that we’ve come through and all that has been done for us. All too often we forget our successful journeys through the valleys of life. While our name may not be Zechariah, may we consciously choose to stop and recall all that we have overcome in life.

FOR REFLECTION: How could I have a little more Zechariah in me?

"A DIFFERENT KIND OF REJOICING..."

Monday of the Third Week of Advent

For today’s reflection I would like to share with you something that occurred to me after this past weekend’s homily. I concluded that homily by making the statement, “…as followers of Christ, who is our Light, we are called to learn how to rejoice in the midst of the darkness and uncertainties of life…” When the day ended, I found myself wondering if that was a realistic invitation. Then this morning something occurred to me. For us as Christians, it’s a different kind of rejoicing. It’s not the same as an excited, energetic, jumping up and down type of rejoicing. When we find ourselves standing in a moment of darkness or uncertainty in our life, it is, perhaps, a rejoicing over the victory that we know will come eventually. To quote my friend and colleague, Brother Barry Landry, SC, “…I want to believe that there is a resurrection side to this.” That’s the kind of rejoicing to which we are called, the kind that says, “I might be hurting and afraid right now, but I know that the victory will come.”

FOR REFLECTION: What could it mean for me to rejoice in the midst of my uncertainties?