The Knights of Columbus Council 5410 in Flanders offers a number of programs dedicated to the true spirit of Christmas and to reminding families in the community that the season is about more than Santa Claus and gifts.
“Epiphany” means to manifest or to reveal. The feast of the Epiphany is one of the major liturgical celebrations of the Church. It celebrates the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, through the visit of the magi about two years after his birth.
In today’s readings, I was reminded of the blessing of family, and the many struggles all of us are capable of overcoming with the help of our loved ones.
With a global pandemic amidst my family and the world, I felt as if our immediate surroundings began to crumble. It was as if everyone was faced with baffling issues, tremendous loss, and challenges that no one in the world had asked for.
Advent is a time of anticipation in the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ and hope in God’s love for all of us. Let us never forget that God’s love is enduring. He sent Jesus to us as the ultimate act of love and ultimately sacrificed His Son for us and gave us the promise of eternal life.
As I reflect on the Third week of Advent, I am reminded of the great joy that is ours as followers of Jesus. Jesus will soon be here! Both of our readings and the Psalm reflect the great happiness that the coming of Jesus will bring to the entire world. We all wait in joyful anticipation. We open our hearts to the hope and promise that the birth of Jesus
As the year comes quickly to an end, and many are planning on how to make a final year-endcharitable contributionthat has the most impact, please consider the many lives that are helped because of the support given to the Diocesan Ministries Appeal.
In the First Reading today, God comforts us through the Prophet Isaiah. Isaiah then exhorts us, "
Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths." We are to tell everyone of the good news and to fear not! We must cry out that our God is here, our shepherd who feeds His flock and gathers the lambs and ewes with care.
As the year comes fast to an end, and many are planning on how to make a final year-end charitable contribution that has the most impact, please consider the many lives that are helped because of the support given to the Diocesan Ministries Appeal.
This first Sunday of Advent has us looking for signs and calls us to be vigilant so that we will have the strength to stand tall in Christ amidst the challenges in life. Examine how you see the world; reconnect with the Lord despite the struggles. The message of Advent is a challenge and we are asked to wait in joyful hope. God can make his grace known to us in simple ways.
This time of year, as we plan to celebrate Thanksgiving, our thoughts and prayers will be for all those who passed away from the coronavirus and the many families impacted. It will be for those on the frontlines of COVID-19 who selflessly care for so many.
The ability to reach out to people in need through our Diocesan Ministries Appeal is dependent on the number of faithful parishioners who participate by making a gift. That is why every gift counts! Your support helps bring hope to thousands of people who come to our Catholic Charities agencies each year.