Immaculate Conception, Sacrament of Confession, & Priest Shortage

//Immaculate Conception, Sacrament of Confession, & Priest Shortage

Immaculate Conception, Sacrament of Confession, & Priest Shortage

Dear Parishioners:
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception will be observed as a Holy Day of Obligation on December 8. We will have a Vigil Mass in church at 7pm on Wednesday, December 7. On Thursday, December 8, all Masses will be celebrated in the main church at 6:30, 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Let me encourage you to join us for daily Mass throughout the Advent season as a way to prepare spiritually for the celebration of Christmas. A beautiful community develops among those who are able to attend daily Mass.

The Sacrament of Confession is another wonderful way to begin a new liturgical year and prepare the ground of your heart in humility for the Incarnation of the God-Man, Jesus Christ. Confessors are available weekly on Saturday afternoon in church at 3:30 p.m. and on Tuesday evening in the Huhn Center at 5:30 p.m. We will also offer the opportunity for reconciliation during the first and last day of the Advent Vesper services. Advent Vespers begins every evening at 6:30 p.m. in church from December 17 to December 23. We will pray together the traditional divine office (Vespers) as another way to listen to God’s Word and prepare for the divine Gift that is to come. Another spiritual opportunity is the Night of Prayer for Life that is organized by our Pro-Life committee. This takes place the evening of December 7. Please see the bulletin for details.

As we enter a new liturgical year, I want to thank you for your financial support of the parish. Without your dedication in time, talent and treasure, we could not achieve our mission. Your contributions help us celebrate Mass well, maintain the property, keep the lights and heat on in our school, assist in our care for the poor and outreach to the elderly, sick and homebound, just to mention a few. I am edified by your sacrificial offerings, but more importantly God is gloried in your placing your trust in Him. In this bulletin is a contribution planning worksheet that is published by the Archdiocesan office of Stewardship to serve as a guide to help you organize your charitable contributions for the coming year.

During the month of November we have prayed at every Mass for those you enrolled in the St. Dominic Savio Parish Purgatorial Society. We will continue to pray for those enrolled at least once a week as noted in the Mass intention column. Praying for our departed loved one and the remission of their sins through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most powerful way we can express our ongoing love and affection for them.

After several decades, the Church of St. Louis is finally experiencing the effects of the priest shortage. St. Dominic Savio has a wonderful tradition of praying for vocations to the Priesthood and consecrated Religious life and those efforts have contributed to some of the fine men studying for the Priesthood. If you can participate in the Prayer for Vocation Ministry in your home, please contact Kathy Pagano.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us,

Fr. Paul J. Rothschild