Wednesday, the 1st week of Advent
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Nicholas
Readings for today’s Mass
A prominent feature of the legend portrays Nicholas as a very caring man with a special place in his heart for the poor. Pope Francis would have admired him. His providing for the needs of the poor has evolved into what has become the very commercial side of the civil holiday gift-giving.
His addition to the Church calendar as a saint is most likely the result of what was remembered about him and passed down by those who knew him at the time. He was not investigated for decades; was never on the agenda of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints; and there are no miracles attributed to his intervention. He was simple a good man who, as a bishop, was a good shepherd of the fold. He was surely canonized by popular acclaim by those who knew him and benefited from his goodness.
Having been trumped by commercial Christmas, St. Nicholas Day is not remembered much any more. It was many years later, in Europe that he became the man who falls down your chimney every year.
Whether you celebrate the day or not, it is good to be reminded of those who always had a place in their heart for the poor and needy, for the least of those among us. Advent might be a good time for you to sign up for a Salvation Army supper or an evening at the downtown Warming Center. Otherwise you might get a chunk of coal in your stocking!