May the mystery of Christmas Fulfill Us

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Rev. Anthony Giamello
Pastor, St. John the Apostle/St. Bernadette

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

There are some stories that we never get tired of hearing or telling. This is especially true of the Christmas story. Although it records the story of God’s love, Christmas is far more than a story. At the heart of Christmas is a Person! God’s Only-begotten Son, Whom we call Jesus because He saves us from our sins and from eternal death, so much does He love us! However, God intends that we do more than hear or tell the story of Christmas. God desires that we relive the Birth of His Only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ. How are we to relive the reality of Christmas? By our willingness to let Christ be formed in us.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church so beautifully states, “Only when Christ is formed in us will the mystery of Christmas be fulfilled in us” (526). So, my prayer for each of us is this: may we eagerly allow Christ to be formed in us and to make His home within us. We do this in every prayer we offer and in every Mass in which we take part. During this Advent and Christmas season, may we experience Christ’s real Presence within us more deeply and more completely. This Christmas, like the shepherds, we too come in haste and find Mary, Joseph, and the Holy Infant lying in the manger. As we gaze upon Him, lying in the manger and truly present on the altar, we offer Him the love of our hearts and ask Him to come and live in us; to come and be formed more deeply within our beings, so we can more and more become His people, eager to do good.

I look forward to seeing you this Advent and Christmas Season at Mass. If you have been away from Church for some time, I cordially invite you home, back to St. John’s or St. Bernadette’s. Please know Jesus is waiting for you with open arms.

May the joy of the birth of our Savior give you peace!

 ST. JOHN/ST. BERNADETTE ADVENT/CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

ADVENT BEGINS SUNDAY – December 2

SECOND SUNDAY of ADVENT – December 9

THIRD SUNDAY of ADVENT – December 16

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT – December 23

FEAST of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – December 8

9 AM – St. John’s

9 AM – St. Bernadette’s

Weekend Schedule of Masses

Saturday

4 PM – St. Bernadette Church, Harrington

5 PM – St. John the Apostle, Milford

Sunday

8 AM – St. John the Apostle, Milford

9:30 AM – St. John the Apostle, Milford

10:00 AM – St. Bernadette Church, Harrington

11:00 AM – St. John the Apostle, Milford

6:00 PM – Misa en Español, St. John the Apostle, Milford

Confession Schedule

BILINGUAL ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE – TUESDAY, DEC. 4th 7 PM – St. John’s

EXTENDED CONFESSION TIME – WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5th 6:00-6:45 PM – St. Bernadette’s

DEANERY PENANCE SERVICE – MONDAY, DEC. 17th 7:00 PM – Holy Cross, Dover

CHILDREN’S NATIVITY PLAY/Pot Luck Luncheon – DECEMBER 16

Following 11 am Mass – St. John’s Hall

CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

4:00 PM – December 24 – St. John’s

4:00 PM – December 24 – St. Bernadette’s

6:00 PM – December 24 – St. John’s

6:00 PM – December 24 – St. Bernadette’s

10:00 PM – diciembre 24 – Misa en Español, St. John the Apostle

MIDNIGHT MASS – December 24 – St. John’s

9:30 AM – December 25 – St. John’s

10:00 AM – December 25 – St. Bernadette’s

SOLEMNITY OF MARY THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

7:00 PM – December 31- St. Bernadette’s

9:00 AM – January 1- St. John’s

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

4:00 PM – January 5 – St. Bernadette’s

5:00 PM – January 5 – St. John’s

8 AM – January 6 – St. John’s

9:30 AM – January 6- St. John’s

10:00 AM – January 6 – St. Bernadette’s

11:00 AM – January 6 – St. John’s

6:00 PM – Misa en Español, enero 6 – St. John the Apostle, Milford

11:00AM CHILDREN’S EPIPHANY EVENT- January 6 – St. Bernadette’s Hall

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