Make Time For Prayer:
Advent Evenings of Reflection at
Mother of Sorrows
Now that Thanksgiving is over and autumn is about to pass into winter, our thoughts are occupied with shopping, baking, making travel plans and hosting friends and family in preparation for the holidays. While these are the things on our minds, are our hearts directed toward the spiritual meaning of Advent and Christmas?
December is the time we anticipate the birth of Jesus and his second coming. The Church invites us to contemplate in a deeper way the meaning of advent through the scriptures, in particular the Sunday readings. Consider making some time to join us every Thursday night during Advent. Through study, reflection and prayer, we will discover more fully the meaning of advent in our lives. There is no need to bring anything, perhaps maybe a friend or two.
Thursday Evenings during Advent
(December 12 & 19)
The Old Baptistery
Contact Matt Jones
P: 663-5432, X. 17
Below is an excerpt from a recent article by Mike Latona of the Catholic Courier . It helps explain the many positive ways the CMA helps parishes.
CMA donations fund a wide range of sacramental programs. In addition to baptisms, first Communions and confirmations administered in childhood, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults brings many people into the Catholic Church each year. According to Mary Dundas, diocesan coordinator of evangelization and sacramental catechesis, 174 candidates (people who have already been baptized in recognized Christian rites but never completed the sacraments of initiation) and 180 catechumens (people who have never been baptized) were received into the church last year from 55 diocesan parishes. Doug Mandelaro, diocesan director of stewardship and communications, noted that program materials, catechist training, videos and webinars related to sacramental preparation are made possible through CMA dollars.
YOUTH,YOUNG-ADULT & CAMPUS MINISTRY
A substantial portion of CMA funding goes toward supporting young Catholics on their faith journeys. High-and middle-school students participate in diocesan-sponsored retreats, local and national conventions, parish youth-ministry programs, Catholic Youth Organization athletics and Scouting. Young adults take part in discussion series such as Theology on Tap as well as prayer, social and volunteer opportunities. Students also seek out Catholic campus ministries at numerous colleges and universities in the diocese. David Kelly, CMA campaign coordinator, noted that the entire diocesan campus-ministry program is funded by CMA donations.
Supporting the CMA helps strengthen the regional Catholic Charities agencies that provide food, clothing, shelter and emergency funding for those in need as well as programs to help move clients toward self-sufficiency. Catholic Charities also helps those affected by mental-health issues, addiction and HIV/AIDS. In addition, diocesan Catholic Charities leaders advocate for a variety of causes related to social justice and the consistent life ethic.
PARISH AND CLERGY SERVICES
CMA funds for this office are earmarked for staffing such key programs as pastoral planning; chaplaincies at correctional facilities; and cultural-diversity efforts for Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders as well as the deaf community.
Our Mother of Sorrows is a welcoming Catholic Faith Community that is proud of its rich heritage on Paddy Hill. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and through the intercession of Mary, we live and share Christ’s gospel message through joyful celebration of the sacraments, life-long Faith Formation, commitment to Stewardship and generous service to each other and the world in which we live.