Dear Sacred Heart Family
Advent has begun! Like always it is hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us. The challenge always is to not let this season pass us by. During this season the liturgical color is purple. A good way to remember the meaning of purple is that purple is for preparation. Advent is preparing us for something incredibly important, the coming of God Himself into our midst. And so we get ready. That is why we wear purple during the other great preparation time of the year- Lent.
There are many ways to enter into this holy season. One way I want to highlight is to simply take advantage of the area Penance services.
- St. Anthony in Hillsdale ~ Tuesday, December 4th at 6pm
- Light of Christ in Deerfield ~ Thursday, December 6th at 7pm
- St. Elizabeth in Tecumseh ~ Sunday, December 9th at 7pm
- Sacred Heart/St. Mary on the Lake ~ Wednesday, December 12th at 7pm (at Sacred Heart)
- St. Joseph Shrine ~ Thursday, December 13th at 6:30pm
- St. Mary’s/St. Joseph in Adrian ~ December 17th at 7:00pm (at St. Mary’s)
When it comes to confession there are a lot of great resources to help us enter into this powerful and healing sacrament. If it has been a while since your last confession don’t be worried about not remembering the right words. Any priest will be happy to help guide you through the sacrament. I want to mention a couple of apps you can use on your phone that can help you prepare for confession. Many people can find it helpful to bring their phone to confession and to simply follow the guide. Feel free to do so.
The first app is call “myParish”. This app is free, and has a lot of great resources about the faith, our own parish activities, and a helpful examination of conscience. All you need to do is download the app and on the home screen that appears select the icon labeled confession.
Another excellent (and free) App is “Laudate”. It is filled with great resources- The Bible, the daily readings, a guide for confession, the liturgy of the Hours, many, many prayers, links to current news, etc. You now have in one place an incredible trove of resources. These can be a great way to augment your spiritual life and/or help get your prayer life going
As a Parish, we have subscribed to Formed.org. We invite all our parishioners to visit sacredheart-stmary.formed.org and register for free. As a FORMED Subscriber, you will have access to all 9 sessions of Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession. Forgiven explores the grace and healing offered in Confession and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God’s love. By looking at God’s revelation of his mercy in Scripture and making a step-by-step examination of the Rite itself, Forgiven communicates God’s invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
There is a lot of information on growing your faith, especially during the Advent Season. You can also download an app to your smartphone.
St. Mary’s will be hosting an ADVENT HOLY HOUR on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm. The Advent Hour will be a time of Adoration, with a Gospel and Homily followed by a procession throughout the church. In all of the busyness of this season this is an opportunity to give the Lord time, to draw near to Him and let Him draw near to you.
Happy and Holy Advent!