Pastor's Message - November 22, 2015
"The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty." ~Psalm 93
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. In the midst of the terrible troubles we face in our world, we must always strive to orient ourselves towards Jesus. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, intends to restore a broken humanity to himself. Jesus brings forth a new kingdom, a "kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace”. The Gospels are called the "Good News" because they tell us how Jesus establishes his kingdom in the present age and will bring it to fulfillment for both the living and the dead.
Our Good Shepherd is unlike any other. Let us draw near to him and offer ourselves, and our many troubles, to him. Let us not ignore his tender invitation to receive him in the Holy Eucharist and guide our children to do the same.
On Thanksgiving Day of this week, we will have mass at 9:00am instead of the usual 8:15am. We will have a table set up in the center aisle for any breads or pies people would like blessed for their Thanksgiving table.
Next Sunday, the 29th of November, we begin the season of Advent and the start of the new Church year by lighting our first Advent Candle. Please be sure to take a “Blue Book” in Church which has daily reflections and readings to help us on our Advent journey. Children’s Advent books are available as well.
May God bless you!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - November 22, 2015
The Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
|Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
JESUS IS KING - This, the last Sunday of our liturgical year, is the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. As we transition in to Advent, the Church seeks to remind us of our King, the one "who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty."
In our first reading we hear again from the Book of Daniel (Dn 7:13-14)
of the Old Testament apocalyptic vision of the Messiah coming in glory and kingship as he triumphs over the forces for evil.
"As the visions during the night continued, I saw one like a Son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; when he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, the one like a Son of man . . . >>>
Please join us for Mass on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 26 at 9:00 am. Fr. Gonyo will include a special blessing of food. Feel free to bring a food item that you will be sharing at your meal to be blessed.
We are now taking reservations for the 2016 “March for Life” Bus Trip to Washington, DC (leaves January 21st). If you would like to attend, please send a $40.00 check payable to Holy Spirit Church with a notation “March for Life” on the memo line. Please send it to: The Committee for Life, c/o 1477 Chigwell Lane North, Webster, NY 14580, and include your phone number with your correspondence. For more information call 503-3256 or email us at [email protected]
We collect mittens, hats and scarves for those less fortunate. If you have purchased or made any items to donate, you can leave them in the greeting area in church. Baskets will be available in church at all Masses next weekend, December 5 & 6.
Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 6
2 pm in Church
All four of our music groups participate in this program, which consists of short scripture readings which tell the prophecy and events leading up to Christ's birth, combined with wonderful seasonal music.
Bring the whole family to this musical event for an unforgettable Christmas gift to yourself!
Anyone wishing to light the Advent wreath at any of the weekend Masses should sign up on the bulletin board in the greeting are. Families, couples, friends, and singles are all welcome to sign up.
Saturday, December 12 from 2:00-4:00pm
at St. Rita Church in the Parish Center
Catholic Social teaching is the body of doctrine developed by the Catholic Church on matters of social justice, involving issues of poverty, wealth, economics, social organization and the role of the state. We will host 3 wonderful speakers - Marvin Mich, Director of Advocacy and Parish Ministry of the Catholic Family Center, will discuss Childhood Poverty and Syrian Refugees. Peter Mares, Director of La Casa from
Wayne County Catholic Charities, will talk about Hispanic and Migrant Ministry. Suzanne Stack, Life Issues Coordinator from the Diocese of Rochester, will delve into Respecting Life. Each has a great impact upon our society and the way we choose to live as Catholic Christians. All are welcome to this free presentation.