Homily for 1st Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020

Gospel

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”

Deacon John

Mass, First Sunday in Advent, November 29, 2020

Masses for this weekend are offered for:

4:30pm – Dick Bade  by Ron & Jennifer Ball

8:00am – Sally Lauer by Betty Camp

11:00am – Cyndie Jarvie by Keillor Family

St. Mary Mass Intentions are for Helen and Ella Mae VanAcker+

 

Today’s Mass:  https://youtu.be/jtlAK2R2oqY

Readings of the Day:  https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/112920.cfm

Weekly Bulletin:  https://discovermass.com/church/sacred-heart-hudson-mi/

2020 Advent Schedule

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.

Advent Night of Reflection & Penance Service

JOIN US on Wednesday, December 16th at 6:00PM: An Advent Night of Reflection 
Advent helps us focus on the approaching Light rather than on the encroaching darkness. On December 16, come for an evening of beautiful music, scripture, reconciliation and the joy of seeing the light grow. Bring someone with you in whom you see the Light of Jesus’ love. Invite someone who hungers to experience the healing of the sacrament of reconciliation. Encourage someone who needs to see the light of Jesus’ love. Join us in the quiet light of Advent, as we wait for ‘almost bright’ to transform to ‘all is bright.’

Penance Service will be available from 4:30-6:00 on December 16.

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, November 29, 2020

Advent prayers for your family

During Advent, reflection and prayer help us to maintain awareness of God’s mercy towards us. In this time of Advent, let us remember that mercy comes with love and solidarity. Prayer helps us to remember to spread God’s love as we wait for the birth of Jesus.

Prayer for the Advent Wreath—God the Father, who sheds light on the world, Give us strength in this season of Advent. Prepare us to be better Christians. Let the Holy Spirit give us courage and guide us in our actions and our prayers. Lord, we ask you to make your son Jesus our example and inspiration. Let the Virgin Mary accompany us and carry us in her arms. And let the saints be our fellow travelers on the way to your mercy. We ask you for all of this with open and willing hearts. Amen

The liturgical year begins with Advent, the four weeks prior to Christmas. It is a season of preparation, waiting, and anticipation.  Christmas is both a feast and a liturgical season. Each day of the Christmas season renews the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ

WEEK 1:   Light one candle and sit for a moment in silence. Christ our Light, Shine in our lives with hope and promise. Give us right vision so that we remain attentive to this holy season. Remind us to look for you in small acts of kindness and love. We await your coming with wonder. Amen

WEEK 2:   Light two candles and sit for a moment in silence. Christ our Hope, Illuminate our hearts with your grace. Enlarge our vision so that we recognize our kinship with all of the people of the world. Help us to give to others in ways that meet their deepest needs. We await your coming with gratitude. Amen.

WEEK 3: Light three candles and sit for a moment in silence. Christ our Joy, Brighten our homes with your presence. Clarify our vision so that we might see you in the people we cherish. Make every holiday activity an opportunity to spread your light and love. We await your coming with delight. Amen

WEEK 4: Light four candles and sit for a moment in silence. Christ our Peace, Glow brightly in each moment. Enlighten our vision so that we see beyond the trappings of the holidays. Relieve us, if just for a moment, of our worries and stress. We await your coming with serenity. Amen.

 

Have a joyful Advent Season!

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus.

Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

 

NEWS from the Diocese

You are invited to join Bishop Boyea in reading through the Holy Bible starting this Advent and continuing through the next 12 months. Each day, the Bishop will text or email a chapter of Sacred Scripture. Together with the Bishop – and all those taking part – you will then read it and meditate upon it. Over the weeks, Bishop Boyea will also text you invitations to events; share video reflections with you; and let you know about other Year of the Bible updates. To sign up, simply text BYOB, which stands for Bishop’s Year of the Bible to 84576. Or, visit at

https://www.dioceseoflansing.org/byob

 

Young Adult Advent Tuesdays- BYOB (via Zoom)

Young Adults 18 + are invited to participate in a weekly Zoom call at 8-9pm on the Tuesdays of Advent. Come explore through conversation and community what God’s word is saying to you at this unique time.  No experience necessary. December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

To register visit www.dioceseoflansing.org

 

Behind the Veil #2: Tour of Convent Life (Virtual)

Wonderful opportunity not only for women in discernment of religious life, but for youth groups, families, and others curious to learn about convent life and experience of various religious sisters living it.  To register visit www.dioceseoflansing.org