During this Advent Season, it has been my prayer that each of you would find opportunities to reflect on your own faith and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. Whatever it is that our hearts and souls desire, whether we realize it or not, our ultimate desire is Jesus Himself; for this reason, we are filled with joy and consolation at Christmas to know that all that we hoped for has been fulfilled in the person of the Christ Child.
For many Catholics, celebrating Christmas means a packed church, beautiful music, joyous singing—all things that are difficult, if not impossible, in this very challenging year. The coronavirus pandemic is definitely changing the way we will come together this Advent & Christmas season. This is a time for family and friends—it is for us to also spend time reflecting on the “reason for the season”: Jesus Christ, the Lord! It is important that we welcome Him to our homes and to our celebrations.
If you are unable to attend our Masses or our Advent Holy Hour, we will either live stream them on our Facebook page or send them out in a news blast. Please make sure that we have your updated email address on file.
To all of you and your families, my staff and I would like to extend our Christmas wishes to each of you. Be assured that each of you are in our prayers and thoughts in this holy season, and our wish is that your hearts may know the joy of the presence of the newborn King.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Sincerely in the Lord,
Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht, Pastor
Sacred Heart Parish, Hudson
St. Mary on the Lake Parish, Manitou Beach
When we began Advent a year ago, who could have guessed what a difficult and challenging year 2020 would turn out. This Sunday, November 29, the Church calendar begins anew, and we hope it will be a year of better and brighter days. Covid-19 continues to flatten the landscape:
1. There will be no regional penance services in Lenawee County this December. The priests thought it best to schedule more individual times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at each parish instead of having large numbers of people waiting in line. We offer Reconciliation every Tuesday from 4:45pm-5:45pm and Saturdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm and by appointment. Also, December 16th from 4:30-6:00 pm, prior to our Night of Reflection.
2. HOLY DAY: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8: Because the Bishop has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days, the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation in 2020. The Holy Day Masses will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend.
3. The dispensation from attending Mass is currently extended to the beginning of Lent in March 2021, so there is no sin committed by missing Sundays, December 8 or Christmas.
4. When looking at the Advent/Christmas schedule, please note that December 8th and Christmas are NOT Holy Days of Obligations this year. We apologize for the printing error.