Fiat, a gathering of women interested in learning more about religious life, cordially invites you to the next meeting on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on Zoom. The topic will be “An Advent Reflection on Mary.” If you are interested, please contact Sr. Marian Batho, CSJ at [email protected] or 617-746-2025 for more information and the link to the meeting.
“Say No to ROE”
The state legislature has extended the session until January 5th, 2021. Please remind the members of the Joint Committee on Judiciary that you oppose the expansion of abortion in Massachusetts. Please call the Committee at 617-722-2396 and let them know you are opposed to H3320 and S1209 – the ROE legislation. Every telephone call helps!
Remember these bills would remove:
- The requirement that young girls obtain consent before an abortion
- The requirement that efforts be made to save a living baby who survives abortion
- The requirement that late term abortions be performed in hospitals
- The bills would allow abortion on demand for all nine months of pregnancy.
For more information about how the ROE legislation would expand abortion in Massachusetts visit www.macatholic.org.
December 6 ~ Second Sunday of Advent
The prophet Isaiah instructs us: “Prepare the way of the Lord.” This Advent, it may be difficult to keep our focus on the message of the season. Not only is there ongoing concern about the continued spread of the Covid-19 virus, but there are also concerns about how best to celebrate Christmas in our parishes and homes! What does it mean to prepare the way for the Lord in our current reality? Don’t allow the worries and the tasks before you prevent you from finding time to prepare your heart for Christ. Begin each day this week by making this simple prayer, “Come Lord Jesus, come! Come Lord Jesus, come!”
December 13 ~ Third Sunday of Advent ~ Gaudete Sunday
The Scripture readings of this third week of Advent are filled with encouragement and joy, something we need to hear! As you listened to Scriptures today, what words reassured you, helped you, gave you hope? Was it, “The Spirit of God is upon me. . .” “Rejoice always.” “In all circumstances give thanks for this is the will of God for you.” “The one who calls you is faithful.” Savor whatever word God is speaking to you. Let it nourish and inspire you throughout the coming week to face the tasks before you. To whom is God inviting you to bring that word of hope and encouragement?
December 20 ~ Fourth Sunday of Advent
Today’s Gospel is the familiar story of the Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Mary. Imagine this gospel scene and focus on the conversation between Mary and the Angel. “The Lord is with you.” “Do not be afraid.” “Nothing is impossible for God.” “Let it be done to me according to your word.” Mary trusted that God was with her and that she had nothing to fear. With all the uncertainties, questions and challenges of this past year, how have you, like Mary been able to trust that God was with you? Take a few minutes each day to pray the “Hail Mary” asking for Mary’s help to strengthen your trust in God.
December 27 ~ The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
In today’s Gospel, Simeon and Anna make a startling prediction about Jesus and the life that awaits him, a life that would hold both joy and suffering. Mary and Joseph hold in their hearts all that they hear and still remain faithful to all that God has asked of them as parents. St. Paul gives us a strong recommendation for how to imitate the Holy Family – “Put on kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another.” This is what Jesus, Mary and Joseph modeled for us. Pray for your family asking for the grace to help them grow in these beautiful virtues.