Holy Family Catholic Church ~ McGregor, MN

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church ~ McGrath, MN

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December 8 – 15

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Sunday, December 8, 2nd Sunday of Advent  Collect: Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

It was in the wilderness that God’s saving presence was proclaimed by John the Baptist, and there that God’s salvation was seen…Prepare the way of the Lord: The way is the preaching of the Gospel, the new message of consolation, ready to bring to all mankind the knowledge of God’s saving power.  -Euseius of Caesarea

Monday, December 9, The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patronal Feastday of the USA (Solemnity)  Collect: O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin prepared a worthy dwelling for your Son, grant, we pray, that, as you preserved her from every stain by virtue of the Death of your Son, which you foresaw, so, through her intercession, we, too, may be cleansed and admitted to your presence.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

By contemplating our beautiful Immaculate Mother, let us also recognize our truest destiny, our deepest vocation: to be loved, to be transformed by love, to be transformed by the beauty of God.  Let us look to her, our Mother, and allow her to look upon us, for she is our mother and she loves us so much.  -Pope Francis

Tuesday, December 10, 2nd Week of Advent  Collect: O God, who have shown forth your salvation to all the ends of the earth, grant, we pray, that we may look forward in joy to the glorious Nativity of Christ.  Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Wednesday, December 11, Saint Damasus I, Pope (Optional Memorial)  Collect: Grant, we pray, O Lord, that we may constantly exalt the merits of your Martyrs,whom Pope Saint Damasus so venerated and loved.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Thursday, December 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast)  Collect: O God, Father of mercies, who placed your people under the singular protection of your Son’s most holy Mother, grant that all who invoke the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe, may seek with ever more lively faith the progress of peoples in the ways of justice and of peace.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

This is what the Virgin of Guadalupe asks of you today, this fidelity to the gospel, of which she knew how to be the most eminent example.  -St. Paul VI

Friday, December 13, Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr (Memorial)  Collect: May the glorious intercession of the Virgin and Martyr Saint Lucy give us a new heart, we pray, O Lord, so that we may celebrate her heavenly birthday in this present age and so behold things eternal.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Saturday, December 14, Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church (Memorial) Collect: O God, who gave the Priest Saint John an outstanding dedication to perfect self-denial and love of the Cross, grant that, by imitating him closely at all times, we may come to contemplate eternally your glory.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Sunday, December 15, 3rd Sunday of Advent  Collect: O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord.  See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.  -James 5:7

“I am the Lord’s poor servant; to him alone, the living God, I have offered all in sacrifice; I have nothing else to give; I offer him myself.”  -Antiphon, Liturgy of the Hours, Memorial of St. Lucy

“Following Christ means leaving behind, sometimes at great cost, everything that is incompatible with true discipleship and embarking upon a new life.” —Pope Benedict XVI

“Each year, Lent . . . stimulates us to rediscover the mercy of God so that we, in turn, become more merciful toward our brothers and sisters.” —Pope Benedict XVI

“During Lent let us improve our spirit of prayer and recollection. Let us free our minds from all that is not Jesus.” —St. Teresa of Calcutta