Dear Parishioners,

The prophet Daniel tells us of his vision of the “son of man,” a messianic title that is used almost exclusively in Gospels. In this title we see the He who is the “ancient one” (or “ancient of Days”) who existed before creation, reveals all hidden treasures and overcomes earthly kings, powers and sinners. The “Son of Man” is a staff for the righteous, he is the light and hope of all peoples, he is adored and praised by all, he is hidden and chosen before all creation and remains with the Lord throughout all eternity; He is holy. Such an image leads us into the coming Advent Season. In Christ Jesus we see he who is both the “Son of Man” and the “Son of God!”

Thursday is Thanksgiving. Mass will be celebrated at 8:30am on Thanksgiving morning. Following Mass we will bless the new “Outward Sign” offices that are located across the street from the church on SR 50. The words of the Preface for Thanksgiving Day help to put our celebrations in focus:

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord Holy Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ. You have entrusted to us the great gift of freedom, a gift that calls forth responsibility and commitment to the truth that all have a fundamental dignity before you. In Jesus, through his Death and Resurrection, we find our ultimate redemption, freedom from sin and every blessing. And so, with hearts full of love, we sing to your glory!

Next week, on the First Sunday of Advent, we will begin the “Angel Tree” and the Christmas Food basket programs. I am so grateful for the way in which all of you generously reach out to be of assistance to the needy of our community here in South Lake County.

May each of you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. May you know safety in your travels, peace around your table and the fullness of love in your sharing! May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!

Fr. Bob


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