HAVE A BLESSED ADVENT
Happy New Liturgical Year! The season of Advent starts our church calendar anew; sorry I missed greeting you in last week’s bulletin.
One reason I look forward to Advent each year is that we have the opportunity to sing special hymns of the season: Advent season, that is—with its hymns of anticipation and longing. I also like Advent’s gradual build up to the full glory of Christmas, as opposed to skipping straight from Thanksgiving to Dec. 24-25.
In that spirit: if you stop by the parish office in the next couple of weeks, please admire the Advent wreaths, among other decorations. (Many thanks to Bob and Mary Bejblik for installing the large wreath in the church again this year.)
CALLING ALL GEN-?ERs
I confess I do not know exactly what the current generational group names are for people aged 25-45 or so.
However, if you are in this age group, know that plans are being made to provide you with more opportunities to connect here at St. Matt’s. I believe food will be involved. To learn more, call Zach Czaia at 651-491-9539. You may also email the office and we’ll pass your contact info on to Zach. (We do not share your info without permission.)
We are replacing our current (2004) hymnals with new ones. I’m pleased. Not only will the new hymnal include some of the “greatest hits” of the past 18 years, it’ll also have a current order of Mass that reflects liturgical language changes instituted back in 2011.
If you would like to honor people in your life by dedicating a new hymnal to them, you can do that with a special nameplate we put inside the front cover. The recommended donation is $20, which will be used to defray the cost of the hymnals. Non-nameplate hymnal donations are also gratefully accepted. Call the office for details.
Thank you for your support, and have a great week!