Christmas Mass Schedule
Thursday, Dec. 24th @ 4 pm at St. Patrick
Thursday, Dec. 24th @ 4 pm at St. Ignatius
Thursday, Dec. 24th @ 6 pm at St. Finbarr
Friday, Dec. 25th @ 9 am at St. Ignatius
Friday, Jan. 1st @ 9 am at St. Ignatius
•Offertory Envelopes: Please pick up your 2021 offertory envelopes in the back of church.
Father's Fund: If you would like to help support Father’s Fund, please put your donation in an envelope marked Father’s Fund and put in the collection basket. This fund is for Father to use throughout the year to help people who need gas, food, etc. Thank you for your generosity.
•What does the second candle of Advent mean? So it is appropriate that the second Advent candle symbolizes peace. Second Advent Candle Represents: Peace (purple or blue) Peace on earth, goodwill to men with the love of Jesus and the promise of a Savior who would be born in Bethlehem. So appropriately the 2nd Advent candle is called the Candle of Preparation.
•Revive Parishes Update: Are you planning to lie low with the pandemic, and have more time at home? This would be an excellent time to investigate the free, on-demand video mini-courses from Revive Parishes. You are welcome to explore the possibilities for shared or individual learning at www.reviveparishes.com/winona-rochester. We plan to offer additional diocesan facilitated courses starting in January. Contact Susan Windley-Daoust for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Advent Prayer for the Lord to Come
This Advent, Lord, come to the manger of my heart. Fill me with Your presence from the very start. As I prepare for the holidays and gifts to be given, Remind me of the gift You gave when You sent Your Son from Heaven. The first Christmas gift, it was the greatest gift ever. You came as a baby born in a manger. Wrapped like the gifts I find under my tree, Waiting to be opened, to reveal Your love to me. Restore to me the wonder that came with Jesus' birth, When He left the riches of Heaven and wrapped Himself in rags of earth. Immanuel, God with us, Your presence came that night. And angels announced, "Into your darkness, God brings His Light." "Do not be afraid," they said, to shepherds in the field. Speak to my heart today, Lord, and help me to yield. Make me like those shepherd boys, obedient to Your call. Setting distractions and worries aside, to You I surrender them all. Surround me with Your presence, Lord, I long to hear Your voice. Clear my mind of countless concerns and all the holiday noise. Slow me down this Christmas, let me not be in a rush. In the midst of parties and planning, I want to feel Your hush. This Christmas, Jesus, come to the manger of my heart. Invade my soul like Bethlehem, bringing peace to every part. Dwell within and around me, as I unwrap Your presence each day. Keep me close to You, Lord. It's in Your wonderful Name I pray.
A Prayer to Prepare My Heart for Christ’s Coming
Father, just as You sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus, help me to clear the path in my heart, too. Show me the distractions in my life that block me from all-out worship of You this Advent. Lord, I await Your coming! As I celebrate the first Advent––the first coming––I look toward the day where I will see You face to face. I imagine what it will be like. Give me a heart, Lord, that looks for Your coming on a daily basis. Help me to live my life where I'm constantly seeking Your presence. My offering to You today is my righteous life for I know I am only clean because of Jesus. Show me today how I need to be refined, purified, forgiven. Give me the strength to ask for forgiveness and to then change my ways.
•Bulletin Announcements: Please send announcements to email@example.com by Thursday to be included in the bulletin.
•Weekday Masses: There will be weekday Public Masses only at St. Ignatius on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 am. Masks are required and social distancing is mandatory.
Steward of your parish: If you would like to serve your parish by becoming an Usher, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Gift Bearer or Counter, please let Fr. Marreddy (507-346-7565), Jenny Gehling (507-251-7929) or Joyce Arndorfer (507-440-3692) know. We will train you and put you on our schedule. Thank you!
•Diocese of Winona-Rochester Televised Mass: The Sunday morning televised Mass is now on KAAL (channel) 3.1 at 7:30 AM. This schedule can also be found on the Diocesan website @ www.dowr.org. The Mass can also be viewed any time on demand at https://www.dowr.org/about/weekly-mass.html.
•Clean Heart Online: Another new anti-pornography resource is now available for the Diocese of Winona-Rochester. Clean Heart Online @ https://cleanheart.online/diocese-winona-rochester. On the website you will find resources available for strugglers, parents, educators, and ministry leaders. These resources vary from short articles to full courses taught by well-known Catholic educators. This is a free benefit from Covenant Eyes since the Diocese of Winona-Rochester is a Safe Haven Sunday-participating Diocese. Please go to our website (tri-parish.net) under the “Tri-Parish Announcements” tab, for a link to Clean Heart Online.
Prayer Chain-Please keep the sick, hospitalized & homebound Tri-Parish members in your prayers. If you would like to be included in the bulletin prayer chain, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your name will be listed in the bulletin for our parish family to pray for your return to good health.
•Parish Tables & Chairs: The tables and chairs at all three parishes are church property and are never to be used outside of the church or borrowed by parishioners. If you have any questions regarding this policy contact Father.