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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.

Rediscover the Sacrament of Penance and God's boundless Mercy!

I don't know if you have been following Fr. Robert Barron's daily Advent Reflections but today's reflection was about getting the roots of our sin and dysfunction.  This reminded me that Advent is an excellent time for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  If you haven't availed yourself of this beautiful sacrament in a while, it may seem daunting to make that first step.  It is so easy to come up with excuses for not going to confession. But it is in the confessional that we can encounter Jesus in a particular way and uniquely receive his gift of peace that comes from knowing our sins are forgiven. Even the Holy Father goes to confession!  Let us follow his example: 
 
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If it has been a while, there is a  US Conference of Catholic Bishops has webpage to help you rediscover this beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation:Penance Resources for Individuals

 

Busted Halo has a good review of the Sacrament of Confession:

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As in previous years parishes throughout the Diocese are invited to participate in “The Light is on for You” campaign during the Season of Advent.  Check your parish bulletin for date and times when the Sacrament will be offered.  "Rediscover the Sacrament of Penance and God's boundless Mercy!"

Word on Wednesday - 2st Sunday of Advent

Word on Wednesday for Dec. 7: SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Is 40:1-5, 9-11/2 Pt 3:8-14/Mk 1:1-8

Our second reading from St. Peter today tells us to await new heavens and a new earth.  Our prophets remind us that we are to prepare for this, but do we really believe it? Or have we become complacent like the community to whom Peter is writing in his day?  As we go through the seasons year after year, we may still believe that Jesus will come again as we pray in the creed every Sunday, but do we think that he may come in our lifetime? Would you be ready for his return.  This season of Advent, as we pray for the coming of the salvation of the world, let us prepare ourselves to receive our savior.  By repentance of our sins and practicing the virtues, let us make straight a highway for our Lord that we may see his glory. 

Tomorrow, December 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is the Patronal Feast Day of the United States and a Holy Day of Obligation.  

Advent Resources Part III

Advent Web Banner 2014
Previous Advent Resource posts can be found here:
 
    Advent Resources 2014
    Online Advent Resources
     
Advent starts November 30.  Are you planning on having an Advent wreath this year?  Usually I find that I haven't gotten the candles and end up having to scrounge to find some, so that it usually takes me until the second week of Advent to get the wreath together.   This year I am ahead of the game.  I bought two sets of candles last year. 
 
Links to our previous two posts about Advent resources can be found above, but I found two more which I thought I would share with you.
 
 
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The Office of Family Life Facebook page is posting daily or ideas for celebrating Advent.  If you are on Facebook, I would highly recommend "liking" their page for Family friendly Advent ideas.
 
 
The second resource I found was an Advent calendar App from Xt3 which is the social network that was started by the Australian bishops for World Youth Day 2008.  It is an app available for Android and Apple and includes daily readings and reflections for each day. 
 
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Have you found any Advent resources that you found helpful would like to share? Click the contact us link on the left and let us know.

Word on Wednesday - 1st Sunday of Advent

Word on Wednesday for Sunday, November 30: FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Readings: Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7/1 Cor 1:3-9/Mk 13:33-37

Happy new liturgical year.  Today is the first Sunday of Advent, a time of waiting in the “in-between” times.  Christ has won the victory, but his Kingdom is not yet fully realized.  We wait for his return in glory. With Isaiah we call out to God asking him to return so we may not wander away from him.  We need to stand firm with Paul and be watchful and alert as Mark tells us in the gospel.  Advent is a time of waiting in active hope.  It is a time for turning to the Lord that we may see his face as we call upon his name.  Come Lord Jesus.

Word on Wednesday - Christ the King

Word on Wednesday for Sunday, November 23: SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

Readings: Ez 34:11-12, 15-17/1 Cor 15:20-26, 28/Mt 25:31-46 

Today we celebrate Christ the King, but he is unlike ordinary, earthly kings.  He is a shepherd to his flock - the Good Shepherd, who carries the lost sheep home on his shoulders.  This is the King we follow and as his disciples we are called do the same.  The gospel asks us what we have done for the least among us in imitation of our Shepherd-King and in service to him.  As he has loved us, so we are called to love those whom he loves, the least of our brothers and sisters. On this last Sunday of the liturgical year, and as we look forward to Thanksgiving Thursday, let us be grateful for the love of our King and Shepherd and share that love with all around us.