When I think of the apparitions of Mary, I see images of Fatima, Lourdes and Guadalupe. While the Church does not require belief in any apparition or other private revelation, she does declare some to be inauthentic and others to be “worthy of belief.” Fatima, Lourdes and Guadalupe are among those appearances deemed “worthy of belief”. I have watched black and white video of the visionaries of Fatima and have seen the tilma worn by Juan Diego in Mexico City on pilgrimage.
On Saturday, December 7, we will celebrate the milestone of sending one million care packages through Operation Gratitude to our deployed troops. Since 2003, groups like Santiago’s Crafts For Christ have partnered with Operation Gratitude to ensure our warriors in harm’s way are never forgotten. Each scarf contains roughly 4,800 stitches, and each stitch is a heartfelt prayer for our troops. Crafts for Christ ministry meets Tuesdays in the Library from 1pm to 4pm. Join us to be a part of the next million!
Como “Ministros” reconocemos en nuestra Iglesia Católica, a quienes Dios les ha dado un talento especial, lo ponen al servicio de su comunidad parroquial y dan vida al mandamiento de Jesús de “amar al prójimo como a sí mismo”. Cumpliendo este mandamiento, el pasado domingo 17 de noviembre, un grupo de feligreses de Santiago, pronunció un generoso “Sí” al Señor comprometiéndose a servir a Dios y al prójimo como Ministros Extraordinarios de la Sagrada Eucaristía.
Join us at 9am for a special Thanksgiving Liturgy as we celebrate our American heritage; recognizing we are one country and one Church. Let us also celebrate the culture of our birth. You are encouraged to wear the clothes of your native culture to this Mass. Please bring items from your dinner table for a blessing. We will offer bread blessed for you to take home after Mass.
In preparation for Christmas, during this time of Advent, it is good for us to reflect on the fact that Christmas is just a short time away and the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ will be celebrated once again. I used to think that Advent was a time to remember the Incarnation, the great mystery of God becoming man and entering our world; a time to prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas.