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Third Sunday of Advent

Gaudete Sunday

For two weeks, we have been remembering how the Israelites and those who followed John the Baptist, waited, hoped, and anticipated the coming of the promised savior. We see John prepare the people for the savior's imminent arrival. We, too, have been waiting for the celebration of Christ's birth by preparing our hearts.

The Church gives us a Sunday in the midst of Advent to encourage us to celebrate and rejoice in the news that God is coming among us. This Sunday is called Gaudete Sunday from the Latin word for joy. In the first reading we are called to "Be glad and exult with all [our] heart." "Fear not..." for "The Lord, your God, is in your midst."

The second reading encourages us to "rejoice in the Lord always...have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your request known to God." Today is a good opportunity for us to slow down from the busy-ness of our preparation for the holidays and remember exactly what we are preparing for. A time for taking a deep breath, to let our joy and gratitude to God for His great gift take center stage.

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

How busy are you? Are you stressed about what needs to get done? Are you preparing more for the celebration of Christmas or for Christ's birth? Let's take this day to stop and savor the knowledge that God is near - not only as He was for the people in the Scriptures but for us, here and now. Let us today be in that spirit of prayer and thanksgiving and rejoice with all our heart in Christ's coming.

Parish Consecration

Click on any of the photos below to view a photo gallery from Parish Consecration week.

Penance Service & Confession Schedule

"Our God is rich in mercy" (Ephesians 2:4)

 

Penance Service
Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00pm

Confessions
Saturday, December 19 at 9:00-10:00am and 4:00-5:00pm
Monday, December 21 at 7:00-8:30am and 6:30-8:00pm
Tuesday, December 22 at 8:30-10:00am and 6:30-8:00pm

Simbang Gabi is a long time tradition in the Philippines that originated with a series of “dawn masses” for nine consecutive days before Christmas Day as a preparation for all the faithful to receive God’s greatest gift to us, Jesus Christ. The people of the Philippines are an incredible testament of living faith amidst the turmoil that they have faced. For example, the people of the Philippines faced immense destruction at the invasion of the Japanese during WWII – but their faith never wavered and only became stronger. Simbang Gabi, especially couched within Advent, is a celebration of faith for ALL in that God never abandons us, no matter how bleak one’s present or future may look.

Here at St. Bruno Parish, we welcome all traditions that promote and inspire the peace and love of Jesus Christ in a diverse yet unified Body of Christ!
 
This December 19th, we invite all parishioners (and beyond) to again join in celebrating this unique and beautiful faith expression followed by Filipino hospitality, featuring Filipino food (dinner or snack) and fun for the entire family. You don’t have to be Filipino to have this celebration add to your joyful anticipation of the Christmas celebration – Though you may have to start learning certain words, like “pich pichii” (coconut dessert), pancit (yummy noodle dish with shrimp, pork, or meats), and lechon (The Pig Roast!).

Monthly Food Drive
December 19 & 20
Bins will be available
at the doors of the Church
St. Vincent de Paul
Bundle Sunday
Sunday, December 20
8:00am - 1:00pm
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