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December 21, 2014

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit
      distributes them.”
    (1 Corinthians 12:4)
     I did not inherit the shopping gene, so I do not enjoy shopping and buying gifts. So, this time of year can be very stressful. It’s difficult for me to choose an appropriate gift for people who seem to have more than enough already. Maybe that is why this Scripture passage about “gifts” has meaning for me during the Christmas season.
     We have been given all the gifts we need by the Holy Spirit to live a rich and fulfilled life. We have wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2). I guess the question is: how often do we take these gifts out to really look at them and appreciate the influence they have on our lives?
     My husband and I were blessed with three children. When they were small they always wanted to know what I wanted for my Christmas gift. I typically answered that I wanted peace – one day of no spats or quarrels. They would always turn away, discouraged and unhappy with my response. Perhaps it was a gift that cost them too much or was too difficult to give.
    Let’s take some time this Christmas to really think about – and appreciate – all of the gifts we have received from the Holy Spirit. And think about how we can generously distribute the fruits of these gifts: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) this Christmas season.

     What can I give Him poor as I am?
     If I were a shepherd, I would bring Him a Lamb
     If I were a wise man, I’d sure do my part
     So what can I give Him? I’ll give Him my heart.

     What can you give Him? What can you bring?
     What can you offer that’s fit for a King?
     Bow before Jesus that’s where you can start
     What can you give Him? Just give Him your heart.
 Mrs. Kathy England


Sunday Mass Schedule
Saturday 4:00 PM
Sunday 7, 9, 10:30 AM, 12 & 5 PM

Weekday Mass Schedule
6 & 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning Mass
7 AM

Holy Day Mass Schedule
6, 11 AM, 12 & 5 PM

Monday thru Saturday 11 AM - 12 PM

Wednesday, December 24
(weekday Mass) 6 AM No Confessions

Christmas Eve Masses
4 and 5:30 PM
Christmas Day Masses
Midnight, 7 AM, 9 AM and 11 AM

Friday, December 26
(weekday Mass) 6 AM No Confessions

Solemnity of Mary
Wednesday, December 31 - 4 PM Mass
Thursday, January 1 - 7AM and 11 AM Masses

Friday, January 2 (weekday Mass) 6 AM No Confessions

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