November 24th, 2019 – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

November 24th, 2019

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

“Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

A year dedicated to Mary, Our Mother

Two weeks ago, I announced that we will be celebrating this coming year, 2020, as a special year dedicated to Mary, Our Mother, and the patroness of our parish.  I am very excited about this!

I want to encourage you to participate in as many events for the Year of Mary as you will be able to.  We will be organizing a few events at church, and others for you to do in your homes.

In particular, I want to encourage you to attend the opening Mass on Monday, December 9th – The Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Our feast day is usually December 8th, but this year the 8th is a Sunday, and so the feast is transferred to Monday, the 9th.  Since the feast is transferred, it is not a holy day of obligation this year, however, since it is our parish’s feast day, and will be the kickoff for the Year of Mary, I really hope everyone will attend Mass this day.

The morning Mass will be at 8:15am, with the Holy Cross kids coming to IC and joining us.  The evening Mass will be at 7pm.

I truly believe that if we grow in our devotion to Mary, our parish will begin to see a great revival.  Not only will our own hearts grow closer to Jesus and Mary, but I believe that this church dedicated to Mary will begin to see its pews filled again.  And I believe our young people will not only remain in the Church, but will love the faith and be on fire for Jesus Christ.  But we need the help of Our Mother.

I ask all of you to please invest in this upcoming Year of Mary.

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One other thing to note…

We are organizing a beautiful event to kick off the Advent Season.  We will be celebrating solemn Vespers, or Evening Prayer, on Sunday, December 1st, at 4:00pm in the church.  I have done these events both in the seminary and in previous parishes, and they are very beautiful.  It’s not a Mass, rather, it is chanting and praying Evening Prayer.  I really encourage you to bring your family for this wonderful event!

You are in my daily prayers.

God bless you,

Fr. VanDenBroeke

 

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