Msgr. Norb Ernst
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December 2019

One of the traditional Catholic ways of preparing for Christmas is to go to confession. Once again we will offer our Advent Reconciliation Weekend which will take place at St. Francis of Assisi church Friday, Dec. 20, 6 – 8pm and Saturday, Dec. 21, 9 am – 3 pm. The priests of our parish, as well as SFA and QAS, will be hearing confessions that weekend. The priest’s schedule is here. Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a beautiful way to prepare for Christmas.

Advent is a perfect time to visit our Adoration Chapel. Spending a few quiet moments with the Blessed Sacrament in prayer is a wonderful way to prepare your heart to receive the special blessings of the Christ Child this Christmas.

Hopefully you’ve seen the Annual Stewardship Report that was mailed to all parishioners. The participation and generosity of our parishioners in our over 60 organizations and ministries is truly inspiring. Regretfully, the many activities of our SMMA Athletic Association were omitted. Here’s just a few of their gifts of time, talent and treasure:

• provide multiple scholarships yearly for graduating 8th grade students
• provide financial support for bibles for the 6th graders of our parish
• provide numerous volunteers to run the BBQ tent for our annual Parish Picnic.

Stewardship is a way of life is certainly a blessing for our parish.

This past Wednesday, December 4th, was the one year anniversary of the death of our parishioner and Business Manager, Joe Hearty. I will always be grateful for his many years of loving service here at our parish. Rest in peace, Joe! And special blessings for his wife, Carol, and the family.

Hopefully, you’ve seen our new sign. It certainly allows for greater visibility for all our parish organizations and ministries. My personal thanks to the following organizations who made a contribution to help with the purchase: Quilters – Athletic Association – Knights of Columbus – Scouts – Holy Name Society – W.I.N.

Speaking of generosity, I wanted to let you know of your kind donations during our Thanksgiving Day Masses: 780 food items to Feed My People – $914 to our St. Vincent de Paul Society

Our Liturgy Committee has provided several books for children to help them stay focused DURING MASS. They are on a book rack in the Church Foyer. Feel free to take them and have your children use them during Mass, and then please return the books to the rack after Mass.
I love the spirit of our Masses here at SMMA and honestly not sure what to do about this trend. Let me know what you think.
A Blessed Advent!
Msgr. Norb Ernst – Pastor



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