This weekend we enter the Season of Advent which heralds a new Church Year. We begin the new Church Year by remembering the promise God made through his prophets to send the world a Savior. During this holy season of expectation, we plug into the longing of people through long centuries for the fulfillment of God’s promise. This longing is beautifully expressed in the familiar Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” The four weeks of Advent will lead us to the wonderful celebration of Christmas in which God surpasses all of humankind’s hopes by sending his own Beloved Son as that promised Savior.
These days will pass quickly and we ask God to help us to use them well not only to decorate and shop and bake, but also to prepare ourselves spiritually for Christmas. The invitation of our parish Adoration Committee to spend time in prayer this Advent Season is an important one. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is available 24 hours a day seven days a week for prayer and reflection. The code to gain access to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel is available by calling the parish office at (317) 255-3666.
A beautiful way to prepare for Christmas is to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The North Deanery Advent Penance Services will take place at Saint Pius Parish on Sunday, December 10, at 2:00 p.m. and Monday, December 11, and Tuesday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. Almost all of the North Deanery priests will be available at Saint Pius on those days to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please bring the family and prepare the way for the Prince of Peace.
The Fourth Sunday of Advent falls on Sunday, December 24, this year. That means that the Fourth Week of Advent is only a few hours long! The Christmas Eve Masses begin on that same day! So let us not put off our spiritual preparation for Christmas by lulling ourselves into a false sense of security thinking that we have plenty of time to prepare. We don’t! In reality Advent is only three weeks long this year,
Please note that on Sunday, December 24, we will have only two Masses – the 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. In order to allow our parishioners from the Arts and Environment Committee time to transform the church from the starkness of Advent into the glory of Christmas, we will not have an 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 24. Hopefully our other three Masses that weekend will be standing room only!
See you at Mass!