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Second Sunday of Advent  

The Lord has done great things for us, we are filled with joy!

These are the words of the responsorial psalm for this weekend, the Second Sunday of Advent.  They remind me that each day I ought to spend a part of my prayer time in remembering the good things, events, and people in my life and thank God for them.  I can find myself so caught up in the moment, in the practical and daily issues of life, that I either take blessings for granted or even forget that my life is full of many of them.  Praying this response each day in this next Advent week just might be a way to deepen my ‘attitude of gratitude’ and focus more on the presence of the Lord in my daily life.

CHANGE IN SCHEDULE FOR THIS WEDNESDAY MASSES

This Wednesday, December 8th, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.  It is a holy day of obligation.  We will have 3 Masses that day:  8:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.  The formerly announced 7:00 p.m. Mass has been cancelled due to a scheduling difficulty.  I apologize for any inconvenience.

ADVENT PENANCE SERVICES IN THE LOCAL AREA

This week there will be 3 Advent Penance Services with a number of priests available for Confessions.

Monday night (Dec. 6) at St. Edward the Confessor in Dana Point at 7 p.m.

Tuesday night (Dec. 7) at Corpus Christi in Aliso Viejo at 7 p.m.

Thursday night (Dec. 9) here at St. Timothy in Laguna Niguel at 7 p.m.

SPECIAL TREAT AT THE 7 A.M. MASS ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12

December 12th is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of our Diocese of Orange and of the Americas.  Since this falls on a Sunday in Advent, we will not have a special Mass in her honor, but we will have the Rosary and other prayers beginning at 6 a.m. (this is called “mañanitas”), then the 7 a.m. Mass, and then traditional hot chocolate, sweet bread, and tamales after Mass in the hall.  All are invited.

Monsignor John Urell