Sunday, December 4, 2011

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    
7:00 p.m.

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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