Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

Evangelization

The Office of New Evangelization exists
To support parishes in forming
Joy-Filled, Intentional,
Missionary Disciples of Jesus Christ
So that On Fire with the Holy Spirit
They will be witnesses that
transform the culture around them.

WORD FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 29

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DECEMBER 29   THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH  

Feast

Readings: Sir 3:2-6, 12-14/Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17/Mt 2:13-15, 19-23

It is the Feast of the Holy Family, yet even the Holy Family was not without struggles.  Fleeing into Egypt, living as refugees, the Holy Family was called out of Egypt.  Yet fearing for their lives, they did not return to Judea but instead settled in Nazareth.  Amid their struggles, there was the peace of Christ.  In our own daily family struggles, whether they be large or small, can we pray the line from St. Paul's letter to the Colossians?   Lord let us put on, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Let us bear with one another, forgive one another, and put on love, allowing the peace of Christ control our heart.  Lord, let us be thankful, and may your word dwell in us richly.

WORD FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 22

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DECEMBER 22   FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT  

Readings: Is 7:10-14/Rom 1:1-7/Mt 1:18-24

Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.  For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. Joseph trusted God enough to take Mary into his home and become the foster father and protector of Jesus.  As we prepare for Christmas, can we do the same?  Can we bring Mary and Jesus in our home, in our lives and protect them there?  Can we see Christ in all those we meet, and be a guardian of Christ present in them?  And can we, as Christ is borne in us, be the presence of Christ to one another.  Have a blessed Christmas.

WORD FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 8

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DECEMBER  8 SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Readings:Is 11:1-10/Rom 15:4-9/Mt 3:1-12

Repent, the Kingdom of God is at hand…why did people in today's Gospel go out to see John the Baptist in the desert? He warns the people to be prepared, and he challenges the Pharisees who presume to be in good standing with God. He warns us as well.  Our waiting for Christ is not to be a passive hanging around. Rather we need to repent, turn around, and make changes in our life.  If John the Baptist were addressing us today (and he is!), what changes would he call us to make?  What is keeping us from meeting Christ when he comes?    At the same time, how can we be like John the Baptist today?  Can we clear a path for others to come to meet Jesus this week? Can we show others the way?

WORD FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 15

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DECEMBER 15  THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Readings: Is 35:1-6a, 10/Jas 5:7-10/Mt 11:2-11

Today is Gaudete Sunday.  Gaudete means "Rejoice!"  We are rejoicing because the Lord is near.  In today's gospel, we hear of John the Baptist's question.  He is in prison, in darkness, and perhaps is wondering whether Jesus is truly the one.  Jesus' answer is to look at the signs:  He is making all things new: the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed. The poor have the good news proclaimed to them.  In our day and age, there are times we may wonder.  There is still so much darkness in our world.  Can we, in the midst of this darkness, see the miracles of Christ’s love around us?  Can we, like John the Baptist, prepare the way for the Lord?    Can we proclaim the good news of salvation to the poor?

WORD FOR THE WEEK: DECEMBER 1

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DECEMBER 1 FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Readings: Is 2:1-5/Rom 13:11-14/Mt 24:37-44

Advent: a time of waiting, anticipation and vigilance.  The readings this Sunday are about comings and goings.  Isaiah speaks of people going up to Jerusalem, for worship and receiving instruction.  In the Gospel, Matthew anticipates the Lord's second coming, arriving at a time and place we do not know.  We too are on pilgrimage, a journey through life, moving always closer to the time of our salvation, when Christ will come to meet us.  This advent, can you invite someone along on the journey so that they too, can meet Christ when he comes again?