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Last year on the first Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis reminded us that in the season of Advent we journey toward the horizon of hope. He stated that during Advent we should “rediscover the beauty of being together along the way: the Church, with her vocation and mission, and the whole of humanity, the people, the civilizations, the cultures, all together on the paths of time.”

Further he exclaimed, “We bet on hope, on the hope for peace, and it will be possible! What a great day it will be, when the weapons will be dismantled in order to be transformed into instruments of work!”

This can seem so immense that the idea of hoping for peace is a fanciful fable. But again the Holy Father reminds us: first and foremost, when hope is rooted in faith, it will never disappoint. Someone recently shared with me the words of an 1100’s monk, upon which we may also reflect:

        When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.
        I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.
       When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town.
       I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
      Now, as an old man, I realize the thing I can change is myself, and suddenly  I       realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on  my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town.
Their impact could have changed the nation
and I indeed could have changed the world.

Let us pray together this Advent season the words of that famous hymn: “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me,” remembering that for our prayer to become reality we will also need to challenge ourselves to embrace suffering, albeit temporary suffering, but suffering that is for the good of all. If peace is to begin with us then we must enter into uncomfortable situations, which is the only real remedy. We must walk away from passive aggressive conversations. We must NOT look the other way when we see peace threatened, but speak directly to those with whom we are frustrated rather than vent to people close to us. We must opt to speak with someone face to face instead of sending an email. We have to realize that we all have a common goal and desire – peace. The more we can experience peace individually, the easier it becomes to hope for world peace. Regardless of the state of peace in our world, we can always appreciate the respite and beauty of gathering together as Church.

We recently completed a four-part homily series on the topic of “TRUST,” looking specifically at trust among the laity and clergy. If you missed any of the homilies and would like to listen to it, they were recorded and can be heard on our parish website at, clicking on church and scrolling to the end of my written message for the week. Thanks to Kat Cameron for recording the messages.

Finally, are you looking for a great way to add a bit of prayer time to your Advent season? Remember the first Friday of each month (December 5 ), we have a Mass at 6:30 AM in the chapel.

Fr. John Gerritts
November 30, 2014





Praise to you, Lord our God, our eternal shepherd and guide.  You have given us your Son, Jesus Christ, to teach, sanctify, and govern your people.  You also gave us the gift of your Holy Spirit so that we may forever remain one in Your name.

We thank you, Heavenly Father, for the gift of Bishop Peter Christensen, our shepherd, and all our past bishops who have faithfully served the Catholic Church in our Diocese.

We ask you Heavenly Father, to look with favor upon those in our church who will prayerfully select our new bishop.  Give them a Spirit of wisdom and counsel that they may discern your will.

We love you Heavenly Father, and in your love for us, bless us with a shepherd who will lead us in being Christ's heart of mercy, voice of hope, hands of justice, and love of your Holy Church.  Provide him with the gifts he will need to carry on the ministry of Jesus in our diocese.

Help him to fill our minds and hearts with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments, and the desire to build up your holy Church.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, our mother, and St. Augustine, our Patron Saint, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.





~Saturday  November 22
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Reconciliation
10:00 AM Bible Study
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip  available after Mass

~Sunday November 23

Social by Home and School
Masses: 7 AM, 9AM, 11AM
10:00 AM RCIA
5:30 PM Light Weigh One King Bible Study

Scrip available after Mass

~ Monday November 24
Staff Full Day Retreat
8:00 AM Mass
9:15 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away

~ Tuesday November 25
8:00 AM Mass
11:00 AM Funeral for Gregory Colombo
5:00 Fundraiser - Wendy's
6:00 PM Family Rosary
7:00 PM Pastoral Council Meeting

~ Wednesday November 26
8:00 AM Mass
10:00 AM Mass -  CCH

11:00 AM Funeral for Anna Wagmer

~ Thursday November 27
9:00 AM Mass

~ Friday November 28
8:00 AM  Mass


~Saturday  November 29
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Reconciliation
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip  available after Mass


O God, we earnestly ask you to bless our diocese with many priests, brothers, sisters and deacons who will love You with their whole mind and heart and gladly spend their entire lives serving Your Church and making You known and loved. Bless our families, bless our children, and choose from our homes those needed for your work. Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for our priests, religious, and deacons. Obtain for us many more. We ask this through Christ our Lord.    Amen.


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