From the Bulletins of St Felix - Wabasha and St. Agnes - Kellogg
On Sunday evenings during Advent, we will have
Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament from
7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Church of St. Agnes. Everyone is welcome to
participate in this beautiful hour of prayer and Adoration of the
Blessed Sacrament which will include: (1) a short reflection; (2) time
for silent reflection; and (3) sung Sunday Vespers. Vespers is the Latin
name for the official Evening Prayer of the Church, and it consists of
a hymn, three psalms, a reading, the Canticle of Mary, and prayers of
intercession. When I was ordained a deacon in 1996, I promised to
pray Vespers for you every day. It is important to remember,
however, that Vespers is not just for priests and deacons to pray.
According to the Second Vatican Council, “Pastors should see to it
that Vespers is celebrated in common in church on Sundays and on the
more solemn feasts. The laity are encouraged to pray Vespers with the
priests, or among themselves, or even individually.” (Sacrosanctum Concilium,
#100) Please join us for Benediction and Vespers tonight, Sunday,
December 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Church of St. Agnes.
In anticipation of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on
December 12, please join us the Knights of Columbus for a special
hour of prayer at St. Felix Church on Tuesday, December 6 at
Thursday, December 8, the Church celebrates the
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin
Mary. On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX declared infallibly that
the Blessed Virgin Mary was preserved from all stain of original sin at
the first moment of her conception in the womb of her mother,
St. Ann. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is always
a HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION for all Catholics living in the U.S.A.
because Mary, the Immaculate Conception, is the patroness of the
United States of America.
The Mass Schedule for the Immaculate Conception is as follows:
Wednesday December 7 7:00 p.m. St. Felix CCD Classes
Thursday December 8 6:30 a.m.* St. Felix Latin
Thursday December 8 11:00 a.m. St. Felix School Mass
Thursday December 8 6:30 p.m. St. Agnes
*Yes, this Mass does begin at 6:30 in the morning! This early Latin
Mass will be completed by 7:30 a.m. so that you can fulfill your
obligation to attend Mass and still get to work or school. This Mass will
be a “Low Mass” – there will be NO music or sermon at this Mass. (Thank you, Father for the EF Mass)
Advent is our opportunity to prepare for the coming of
the Lord at Christmas. The most important way to have “every
heart prepare Him room” is by making a good confession. Whether
you have been away from the Sacrament of Penance for one month
or several years, now is the time to receive the Lord's mercy and
forgiveness in this beautiful sacrament. “He was born to give us
second birth,” and that second birth comes to us in the confessional.
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