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From the Pastor...
The month of December includes a treasure of sacred experiences for all of us - especially the season of Advent and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. This time period in the Church calendar is rich with opportunities for each of us to deepen our lives in the Lord.
On Monday, December 9, we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary, of course, is a central figure in the great Christmas story of the birth of Jesus. She is our model for how we are to respond to Him. She is the example for how we are to live our lives as a people who continually pray “not my will, but thy will be done.” Masses for this Feast of the Immaculate Conception are as follows: 6:30 & 8:30 AM and 6:30 PM
Advent is a four-week time period set aside by the Church to help each of us prepare our hearts and our souls for the rebirthing of Christ Jesus within each of us. During Advent, I highly recommend daily Eucharist and our enclosed calendar, “Advent Day by Day,” (on Page 2) which provides daily suggestions during Advent. To assist us in the spiritual preparation for Advent, a generous parishioner is making available The Word Among Us magazine. It features helpful daily meditations based on the Mass readings that are designed to help us come to know the love of Jesus more deeply. These meditations take only a few minutes to read each day and offer us new understanding and encouragement during the season of Advent.
Advent is a perfect time for each of us to renew our quality of life be-fore God and to seek His forgiveness as a community. The ultimate focal point of the whole Advent season is the Feast of Christmas, the birth of our Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. Christmas, of course, is among the most sacred of all Christian events, and it has become a great gathering time for families. I recommend that you plan to attend Mass as a family on this Christmas occasion. For those of you who are without a family to celebrate with at this time, I hope that you will find that our parish family is there to welcome you and celebrate with you. The Christmas Mass times are as follows:
Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Eve – 4:30, 7:00, 11:00 PM
Wednesday, December 25, Christmas Day –7:30, 9:00 and 11:15 AM
Our parish will have a Christmas dinner for all members of the parish on Sunday, December 16 at 5:00 PM in the parish hall. The Parish will provide the meat, drinks and rolls. Each family is asked to bring either a vegetable, salad or dessert to feed ten people. SEAS children will provide the entertainment and Christmas play. This is a celebration you will all enjoy, so mark your calendars and plan to attend.
My prayer for each of you and your families during this wonderful season of Christmas is that the God of Peace will reign in each of your hearts and throughout our fractured world.
Welcome New Members
SEAS Welcoming Committee invites all new parishioners to an orientation. On the 3rd Sunday of each month we will provide a walking tour of our facilities, introduction to staff, organizations and activities and answer your questions. Meet in SEAS Café after the 11:15 AM Mass.
Safe to Sleep Shelter
SEAS is looking for volunteers to help with Springfield’s Safe to Sleep Shelter. This is a shelter that opens each night inside a host church. They provide snacks in the evening and a breakfast, cots, sleeping bags and showers to the at-risk women in Springfield.
Two volunteers take turns staying up to ensure the safety of the ladies. There is zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol. Each woman is screened before coming and a full assessment is done to see if they qualify. A full night stay is from 7 PM to 8 AM. Partial night is from 7-10:30 PM or 5-8 PM
New Gym Open
I am very proud to say that our new O'Reilly gymnasium offers many opportunities for our parishioners:
- Kids' basketball and volleyball
- Evenings/ weekend basketball and volleyball
- Morning walkers, etc.
If any of you individually or in a group are interested in using our new gym, please call the parish office to schedule such an event. - - - Fr. Tom
Severe Weather Provision
As we enter the season of severe weather threats, SEAS has a safety plan in place. Should the sirens go off during services, ushers will check the weather radio to determine the level of threat. From the back of church, they will hold up a yellow card to indicate an alert/warning and a red card for the need to evacuate. Father will then give information to the assembly. Ushers are trained to move people away from windows to shelter in the hallways and bathrooms. People will be discouraged from leaving the building.
The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau is committed to the protection of children and youth. Through the Diocese's Safe Environment program, more than 4,700 people have training to ensure a safe environment for our youth. Visit the following link for more information regarding Safe Environment