Brothers and sisters:
On behalf of all of us here, we pray for a joyful conclusion of Advent and a blessed Christmas season for everyone. We remember and pray for all of our brothers and sisters with particular trials at this time, especially loved ones. Thank you for your prayers, cards, good wishes and witness of charity that edifies and builds up not only our parish, but the community around us.
The Blessed Virgin Mary, who prepares us for and brings us Jesus according to God’s plan, gives us the model in this weekend’s Gospel: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Yes, Mary, please help us to grow in this holy season closer to your Son and listen to His word.
In Christ, son of Mary,