Dear parishioners and visitors,
The Advent journey invites everyone to be engaged in prayer, preparations and anticipation for the up-coming celebration of Christmas. During these short weeks, we try to accomplish many wordly tasks, yet this time has an important spiritual dimension - to prepare us for grace and redemption. Thomas Merton wrote that this holy season is meant to transform us, for he said, "The Advent mystery is the baginning of the end of all in us that is not yet Christ."
I hope everyone can utilize the opportunities to seek mercy and reconciliation, while being vigilant for the Lord's coming. Recalling that the birth of the Messiah and Savior rekindles the spirit with trust and assurance, we gladly look forward to receiving God's greatest gift, Jesus Christ. Hence, I invite you to the Christmas Masses to honor and praise Jesus, the holy Son of God, who reveals salvation, healing, comfort, hope, life, peace, consolation, and love to us!
December 24 - Christmas Eve Vigil Mass - 5:00 p.m. at St. Michael in Albion
December 25 - Christmas Midnight Mass - midnight at St. Michael
December 25 - Christmas Mass - 9:00 a.m. at St. Anthony in Cedar Rapids
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God:
December 31 - Mass at 5:30 p.m. at St. Michael
January 1 - Mass at 8:30 a.m. at St. Michael, 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony
I have great confidence that you will share your financial treasures in support of the respective parishes as stewards of incredible blessings.
Please be assured that I am always grateful for your prayers, cooperation, and generosity.
May God bless you with the lavish gifts of Christ's peace, grace and love at Christmas and in the New Year!
Rev. Mark Tomasiewicz