Time of Awaiting: We mark the passing of time by celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Some days are more special for us than other days.Wedding days are special days and wedding anniversaries are special days. In one sense those special days are the same as every other day because the sun rises and sets in the same way and everybody else goes about their business in the normal way, but for the happy couple such a day is a special day, a day to be celebrated, a day for which to be thankful and grateful. As we know the Churches' liturgical year is marked by special days and seasons. From this Sunday we are entering in to the Season of Advent and a New Liturgical Year. Even though everyday looks the same for a believer it's a special time of preparation to welcome the New Born King. Advent is the time for us to make this preparation by repenting for our sins, by renewing ouir lives through prayer and penance and by sharing our blessings with others. Advent also provides an opportunity for us to check for what needs to be put right in our lives, to see how we have failed, an to assess the ways in which we can do better. Let us remember the words of Alexander Pope: 'What does it profit me if Jesus is reborn in thousands of cribs all over the world and not reborn in my heart?' Happy Season of Advent
Manly Courageous: November 30th the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle and Martyr. Andrew in Greek means "manly courageous" - he was the son of Jona, the elder brother of St. Peter, they were fisherman of Galilee. Both Andrew and Peter were first disciples of John the Baptist but when they were pointed out to Jesus as the Messiah they followed Jesus. After the resurrection, Andrew preached the Gospel in western Asia Minor (Turkey), Macedonia and Greece. Andrew was martyred during the reign of Nero by being tied to a cross made like the letter X. In this way it was hoped to prolong his sufferings, and in fact, Andrew is know to have continued to preach to the faithful for two days before expiring. St. Andrew is the Patron of Russia and of Scotland, also of fishermen and of spinsters. "If we were wise, we would go to meet the cross like St. Andrew, who said, when he saw the cross prepared for him: "Hail O good cross! O admirable cross! O desirable cross! Receive me into your arms, withdraw me from among men, and restore me to my Master, who redeemed me through you" St. John Maria Vianney
The Blessed River: A pastor was completing a temperance sermon. With great expression he said, if I had all the beer in the world, I would take it and pour it in the river. With even greater emphasis he said and if I had all the wine, I would take it and pour it into the river. An then finally he said, and if I had all the whisky in the world, I would take it and pour it into the river. Sermon completed, he sat down, the choir leader stood and announced with a smile.... For our closing song, let us sing Hymn #365... Shall we Gather at the River...
Fun Time: It's time again to watch some basketball. I love watching basketball because I used to play basketball when I was a student in the Seminary. When I came over to America I didn't have any special team. Being at the Cathedral for the last three years and being with Fr. Jerry Riney, I have become a UK fan. I had to become a UK fan or he wouldn't let me stay in the rectory. For me UK at first was United Kingdom not University of Kentucky. There have occured many weird conversations with UK since I have a sister who lives in England and each time when someone said I study in UK, I would say I have a sister in UK too. But later I realized it's a different UK. But I also enjoy watching other teams but I was taught by Fr. Jerry that I had to be a rival to Duke. I will be glad to come over and watch games with you or we can gather at the rectory. If you come over to the rectory bring your food and beer and don't forget to bring my share too.
Fr. Suneesh Mathew
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Penny will be out of the office November 28th - December 2nd. Please call before stopping by due to irregular office hours. We ask that you pray for her safe return.
ADVENT GIVING TREE
The Advent Giving Tree will be placed in the Gathering Space of Church the first weekend of Advent, November 27th & 28th. Parishioners are asked to take an ornament, purchase the gift, return it wrapped with the original ornament o know what the gift is and what family it belongs to.
Gifts need to be returned to Church or the Parish Office by the weekend of December 10th & 11th. It is very important that they be returned by the deadline to allow us time to sort and deliver to families.
December is Precious Blood's month to help furnish food for the Help Office. Your non-perishable food items can be placed in the baskets at church
PARISH WISH LIST
The Parish is having this placed on the back of our existing sign that faces Fenmore St. Installation will be taken care of by the Knights of Columbus. We are looking for donations to help with the cost of the sign which is $270.00. We are also looking for donations to purchase three vocation statues of the Holy Family at a total cost of $150.00. If interested, please call the Parish Office at 270-684-6888 or place your donation in the collection basket
HONORARIUM/MEMORIAL FLOWER FUND
Anyone interested in having a Christmas Poinsettia purchased in honor/memory of a loved one, envelopes are available in your monthly packet. Donations should be placed in the collection basket at Church. You are asked to write the name(s) of loved ones in whose honor/memory these are for.
When sending out Christmas cards this year, you might want to remember our parish shut-ins. If interested, call the Parish Office at (270) 684-6888 for an address list.
OLD CHRISTMAS CARDS NEEDED
We are collecting front covers of old Christmas cards (no personal writing on the inside cover) Card covers will be sent to St. Jude's Ranch for Children. They will recycle your old cards and make them into new ones that will later be sold. All proceeds go to St. Jude's Ranch. Also accepting Thank You, Birthday, Anniversary, Get Well, Sympathy, etc.
Aging religious need your help. Senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests have offered their lives in service to others - educating the young, comforting the sick, seeking justice for the oppressed. Today, may are frail, elderly, and in need of assistance. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious helps to furnish medications, nursing care, and other necessities. Please give generously to next week's collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
"At an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come," says today's Gospel. Good stewards know that they are accountable to God for all they have and are and strive to live in readiness for His coming.
Readings for next weekend will be
Isaiah 11:1-10 Romans 15:4-9 Matthew 3:1-12
We invite you to read and study these passages for your own reflection as we prepare for the liturgy we will celebrate as a parish community.