“It’s the mmmost wonderfulllll time of the yearrrrrrrr.”
I invite everyone to join me as a parish family in another new St. Genevieve tradition on December 7: Immediately following the 7 pm Vigil Mass of the holy day of The Immaculate Conception, we will gather outside the Bethlehem Pike entrance for the blessing of our Creche followed by the lighting of the parish Christmas Tree nearby at the entrance to the Mary Garden. We will sing a few carols and enjoy hot chocolate, coffee, cider and goodies after in the Parish Hall.
So, mark those calendars for Dec. 7 following the 7 pm Mass as we officially ring in the Christmas season as a parish community.
Another new Christmas tradition we will launch on Dec. 17 following the 5pm Mass is Christmas caroling and the presentation by Santa of a poinsettia at the residences of our homebound on our Communion call list, and our parishioners to whom we minister at Bethlehem Village and Harston Hall.
Our rectory staff will be contacting the families of our homebound residents in advance to schedule the approximate time of our caroling visits. Fr. Kevin, our youth singers, Festival choir members, Knights of Columbus and Samaritans Society look forward to spreading Christmas cheer to many! We’ll have Christmas refreshments upon our return to the parish! Stay tuned for further details!
I hope every parish household will pray the Advent Wreath at home each night during this holy season of Advent as we prepare to celebrate the anniversary of Our Lord Jesus Christ’s birth on Christmas. The Advent season also directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time. Advent devotions such as the Advent wreath, remind us of the true “Reason for the Season.”
Have a Blessed Advent, everyone.