NOTIZIARIO

Dicembre – 2017

Advent Greetings,

As we begin ADVENT we have also entered our new Liturgical Church Year. We have ended the Gospel year of Saint Matthew. On this 1st Sunday of Advent we begin a new church year with the Gospel of Saint Mark. It is the earliest and shortest story of Jesus’ life written around 80 A.D. and published after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. It seems to be written for the Romans to present Jesus as a living person. Saint Matthew and Saint Luke also use Saint Mark’s Gospel within their texts. The symbol for Saint Mark is the Lion. This December we have three full weeks of Advent, the fourth Sunday is also Christmas Eve. Christmas Days begin in early December with the feast of Saint Nicholas on Wednesday December 6th. He was a forth century bishop, a noted model pastor for charity. He is popularized as Santa Claus (Anglicized from Dutch “Sinder Claus”).     

On Friday, December 8th, we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Immaculate Conception. It’s a Holy Day with Mass t 8:00am and 5:30pm. both in the Church. The feast goes back to the 7th century as “Conception of Mary by he Mother Saint Anne”. Under this title Mary is Patroness of the United States of America. 

Tuesday, December 12th, we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary again under the title of Guadalupe which goes back to 1531. Pope Pius XII declared Mary as Patroness of the Americas. Saint Juan Diego, a native convert, had four apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary on a hill in Tepeyac (Guadalupe in Spanish).  

Monday, December 25th, the birth of Jesus begins joyful Christmas Days of celebration. The Monday after the Nativity we gather for our New Year of 2018 with Mass at 9am. Sunday, January 7th, we celebrate The Epiphany, Little Christmas. The Season of Christmas ends on Monday, January 8th with the Baptism of the Lord. We Catholic Christians really know how to celebrate the Christmas Season rooted in our Faith and Tradition beliefs. .

Pleas keep in mind that on Monday December 18th, in 1904 our church was dedicated by Bishop Matz of Denver. 

On behalf of the Parish staff, MANY BLESSINGS DURING THIS ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SEASON. Vi auguro un BUON NATALE E FELICE ANNO NUOVO! 

Ciao, Padre Ugo