Pastor's Desk December 3, 2017

Nov 30, 2017

  • Advent… is here! It’s a beautiful season of preparation for the Lord’s coming. In order to help us appreciate this season, plan to take advantage of the following opportunities: 
  1. Operation Christmas is our parish’s primary monetary outreach to needy organizations at this time of year. A second collection was held last weekend for this purpose, but monetary donations are welcome at any time. 
  2. The Angel Giving Tree is in the back of the church. Gifts can be returned near the tree itself no later than December 17. 
  3. The Advent Candle is carried in the opening procession of our weekend Advent masses as a sign of us being bearers of Christ, the light. If interested, please see the sign-up sheet posted in the church vestibule. 
  4. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a great way to prepare for Christmas. We offer the Sacrament on Saturday afternoons from 4:15-4:45. Confessions will also be heard on Wednesday, December 13, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. here at St. John Capistran and in every parish in the Pittsburgh Diocese, as “the Light is still on for you!” 
  5. Our Advent Caroling Party is on Saturday, December 16. Sing carols before Mass in front of the Church, and join in a party after Mass! 
  6. Service Opportunities are sponsored by our Religious Education department. See “Religious Education News” for more information. 
  7. An Advent Prayer booklet was mailed to all parishioners this past week. Consider praying these beautiful short meditations each day of Advent. 
  • Looking ahead… The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception IS a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be celebrated on Thursday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. and on Friday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m.