Today marks the beginning of a new Liturgical Year and the
beginning of Advent. Advent is the time of year that we are reminded to
prepare ourselves for our Lord’s coming. The Scripture readings of this
season tell of the different times in our faith heritage when the people
were waiting for deliverance, longing to be with God. As the writers of
Scripture reflect on a sinful past, they encourage repentance as a
condition for deliverance. This season reminds us to reflect on our
past, make efforts to make things right in our lives and to eagerly wait
for our own deliverance. As we look forward to the Coming of the Lord,
let us wait with patience, love, repentance and forgiveness.
Bless You! Fr. Joe Bacevice
We ask you to remember in
your prayers for the souls of Father Joseph Capelletti and Father Edwin Leonard,
who died recently. May they and all our faithful departed live forever in the
blessedness of heaven.
Holy Name Society is again sponsoring a Giving Tree to assist families in our
own Parish and neighborhood who are in need of “a little help” at Christmas.
This year, the items on the ornaments are various gift and food cards. Simply
choose what ornaments you want, purchase the gift cards, and return them either
in the collection basket, at the Rectory or give them to any member of the Holy
Name Society by December 15TH. They will be distributed to the
families before Christmas.
The “Peace Light” is a
movement that began 1986 in Austria, when a child traveled to Bethlehem and lit
a lantern off of a light in the grotto of Jesus’ birth. The flame was carried
back to Austria and carried throughout Europe through the efforts of scouts. The
light was first brought to New York in 2001 by the Canadian Scouts and placed at
Ground Zero. It has been brought back each year since then. Because of the
pandemic and the inability of many people to travel, we decided last year to
keep the Peace Light burning throughout the year. It is on display at
the St. Casimir shrine in the front of the Church. As Advent begins and we
prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord, the Prince of Peace, let this light
be a sign for all of us to not only pray for peace, but let us live our lives in
peace with our Lord and with each other.
The Sunday Scripture readings
for this Liturgical Year, 2022, are taken from “Year C”. The daily Mass
readings are taken from “Year II”.
this season of giving, consider making a year-end gift to our parish in
gratitude for all the blessings you have received in life. As you plan to make
the most of your charitable donations in 2021, know that we gratefully accept
gifts of cash and appreciated assets such as stocks or bonds. We wanted to take
this time to remind you of some important CARES Act provisions that are
scheduled to expire at year’s end. These provisions may affect you—and even make
it easier for you to make a gift to your parish. They include: 1.) An expanded
charitable giving incentive that allows taxpayers who take the standard
deduction to make up to $300 in charitable cash contributions for single filers
($600 for married couples) to qualified charities like ours this year, and 2.)
For those who do itemize their deductions, the law allows for cash contributions
to qualified charities such as ours to be deducted up to 100% of your adjusted
gross income for the 2021 calendar year. And, if you are 70 ˝ or older, you may
be able to make a gift of a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA that
will help us in our ministry and reduce your taxable income. Talk to your
advisors and IRA administrator for more information and to be sure that your IRA
Qualified Charitable Distribution gift is made directly from an IRA to a
qualified charity such as our parish. Questions? Contact Father Bacevice in our
parish office. You are also welcome to contact Jean Ann Montagna of the Catholic
Community Foundation at 216-696-6525 x8070.
DAILY REFLECTIONS FOR
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
With Advent, the new
Liturgical year begins. A great way to begin the Liturgical year is to spend
some time each day in prayer and reflection on the meaning of Advent. To assist
you with this, we are providing daily reflections in a booklet for the Advent
and Christmas season. The booklets can be found at the entrances to the Church.
Traditional Christmas Wafers
are available at the main entrance to the Church at Mass times. One of the
largest suppliers of Christmas Wafers has closed and available suppliers have
raised their prices. This year, we have fewer wafers, so we urge everyone to
economize and take only what you will use. They are packaged is envelopes of 2
and 3 wafers. The suggested donation is $1 for each wafer.
Our 2022 Church Calendars are
now available. We thank our friends and fellow parishioners at the Jakubs
Funeral Home for providing them this year. They are on the tables in the main
lobby of the Church building.
This Christmas season we
would all like to have the peace of Christ, the ability to give as Jesus gave,
and hearts that are not troubled. As the rush begins, reflect on your past
celebrations. What is it about Christmas and gift-giving that you find life
giving? What traditions would you especially like to continue? How can you use
your time and talents to spread the joy of the season?