Happy Solemnity of Christ the King! Today’s feast is not only a worthwhile meditation in itself, but it is also a reminder that we jump right into Advent next weekend. With that in mind, I will be continuing our Advent practice of having “Days of Grace,” during which I will be available for confessions throughout the day. As we have done in the past, each of our three campuses will have a Day of Grace during the Advent season. So you can mark it your calendar, the schedule is:
Dec. 9- Antwerp church: 8:30-10am; 12-2pm; 5-9pm
Dec. 16- Paulding church: 8:30-10am; 12-2pm; 4-8pm
Dec. 23- Payne church: 8:30-10am; 12-2pm; 5-8pm
Another event that always happens during Advent is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is the Patroness of the Americas. However, we unfortunately will not be having our usual celebrations for this great feast this year. Due to multiple factors, COVID restrictions among them, the Serenata/Mañanitas and Mass originally scheduled for Dec. 12 are cancelled. We also will not be viewing the documentary on Dec. 11 as originally planned. Hopefully next year we will be able to bring these events back!
On a different and more general note, please know that those who are in nursing homes, permanently homebound, or COVID homebound are often on my mind and in my prayers. In fact, during Eucharistic Prayer 1 (the Roman Canon), which you see me use often, the priest pauses once to pray silently for the living and once to pray silently for the dead. Please be assured that I have already, will continue, to think of our nursing home and at-home parishioners during that silent pause in the Eucharistic Prayer, especially during these ongoing months of the COVID virus.
Although hospitals and nursing homes are once again at a point which they are not able to allow visitors, I still want to provide pastoral care to those at home as much as I am able to at this point. Our volunteers are currently not able to make multiple visits at one time, per recent diocesan guidelines, so that we are careful to do our due diligence to protect the vulnerable. All of this being said, I am happy to make visits to anyone at home who would like a visit. I am happy to provide the sacrament of anointing of the sick, confession, and Communion. To arrange this, it will be easiest to call the office and arrange a day and time for me to stop over. As a bonus (for me anyway), this will be a way for me to get to know many of you whom I have not yet had a chance to meet!