Solemnity of Christ the King
As we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King this weekend, we celebrate the fact that the Lord Jesus is the way and the truth and the life for all people (cf., John 14:6). He alone gives us access to salvation, and He has made this possible by His Death on the Cross and Resurrection to new life. We have access to His life precisely by our faith in Him and reception of the Sacrament of Baptism which incorporates us into the life of the Most Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. On this day, we pray that all will accept the Lordship of Jesus in their own personal lives, and further to this, we pray that by our words and by our actions, that is, by the witness of our lives, we will draw others to Him.
This Thursday, November 26, we commemorate Thanksgiving Day in the United States. As we do so, we give thanks to God for the many blessings that He has bestowed upon us personally and as a country. We have been living in the midst of uncertainty and yet we know that the Lord Jesus is with us through it all. May He bless us in a special way on this day as we give thanks and praise to God for the gift of our faith.
New missals for church
I am pleased to inform you that as the season of Advent begins we will have new missals in the pews. No longer will we be using the previous seasonal paper-bound missalettes; instead, we will be using the permanent, hardcover enlarged-type Word of the Lord which contains the Order of Mass, the complete three-year Sunday Lectionary, and the Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. While the previous missalettes had to be replaced three times a year to keep current with the prayers and readings, the new hardbound Word of the Lord missals will only need to be replaced every few years. As you can imagine, this is ecologically friendly and will result in long-term financial savings. We will, of course, continue to use the preprinted worship aids for Sunday Mass. I hope that you like the new hardbound missal as much as I do.