This Sunday we celebrate The First Sunday of Advent

Reflections for this Sunday’s Readings:

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/112920.cfm

MARK’S JESUS

Mark’s Gospel is the shortest and tersest of all four. The discourses of Jesus tend to be terser as well. Mark’s portrayal of Jesus has none of the poetry of the Sermon on the Mount or the Sermon on the Plain as in Matthew or Luke, nor the extensive, reflective “I Am” discourses as in John. Mark’s Jesus “cuts to the chase,” we would say today. This is reflected quite well in today’s passage.

It is no accident that the dialogue of Jesus at this point in the Gospel according to Mark—the concluding words about the end of the world—immediately before his passion, is riddled with exclamation points and an overall sense of urgency.

We would do well to re-tool our own way of living this Advent, for we live in a world urgently in need of hearing the message of Jesus proclaimed. It’s time for us to “wake up!” and get out into the world to do it.

Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

You are invited to download and print the Order of Service and Father David’s Homily found below to follow along and participate in this weekend’s Mass.

Resources to Help You Create a Meaningful Advent Season

This weekend we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. To help you create a meaningful Advent season that will prepare you for the celebration of Christmas, we’ve compiled a list of resources.

You can find them at https://stjamesge.org/resources-to-help-you-create-a-meaningful-advent/

And Be Sure to Check Out This Sunday’s Bulletin…

·Take a look at this weekend’s bulletin attached below to find out more about:

·Save the Date for Our First Parking Lot Mass Pg 2

·Christmas Basket Program Gift Cards & Monetary Donations Being Accepted Until December 3rd Pg 3-4

·Best Advent Ever Daily Retreat Pg 6

·More Opportunities for Holiday Outreach Pg 7

·Knights Selling Seminarian Raffle Books Until Monday Pg 8

…and much, much more!

Thank You for Your Support!

We thank you for your continued support of the parish during these challenging times. We have updated our online giving page on our website to make it easier and more user friendly. Visit our website page by clicking below to find out more about the various ways you can donate to St. James at this time, including to our Thanksgiving Weekend Second Collection for the St. James St. Vincent de Paul Society and the St. James Christmas Basket Program.

https://stjamesge.org/donate-to-st-james-the-apostle-parish/