Friday, the 33rd week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 8:30pm when school is in session
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Miguel Agustín Pro
Readings for today’s Mass
Yet, this season offers a sense of hope, as does our Gospel reading. Our reading says that the chief priests, scribes, and leaders were trying to put Jesus to death but they could not because the people were hanging on his every word. Our culture may try to squash out the true meaning of this season but there are still those who rise above that cultural voice and see this as a time of giving to all, especially those in need. I am remembering last year how quickly the tags from our “Giving Tree” at Newman quickly disappeared and how I could barely walk through my office because the floor was covered in beautifully wrapped packages to being given to those who can’t afford even the simplest things in life like new clothing or shoes. The La Crosse community fills the food pantries with canned goods they donate as they visit Rotary lights. And countless volunteers brave cold temperatures to ring bells for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.
If you find yourself caught up in the false advertising of what will make this a Merry Christmas, might I suggest you take a tag from the giving tree, volunteer for a shift ringing bells, head to the grocery and purchase a bag of food to be donated or participate in any other countless opportunities to give back and give of oneself as we begin this truly beautiful celebration of our King coming to us in the lowliest of ways.