"Advent is a time
when we journey towards Jesus
and His kingdom of justice and peace."
During the second week of waiting in joyful hope this Advent season,
we focus on PEACE. We are called to prepare ourselves for Christmas by trying to build peace in our souls, in our families, and in our communities.
Is your soul at peace?
One part of preparing for the Lord is to find peace within ourselves. Our world can often cause anxiety, anguish, and hopelessness. We must rest with the Lord and bring peace to our souls. Then that peace can radiate from within us as we work to bring peace to others.
Is your church of the home at peace?
At times, difficult situations and feelings enter our homes. Advent is a time to examine whether our homes are more at peace or more at war with each other or with others. How can your home be a place of unity instead of division?
Is your community at peace?
What are you doing to create peace in the world that is plagued with war, disunity, hatred, and exploitation? During this Advent, we should ask ourselves how we are working for peace. Do we whether find excuses to make war, to hate, to talk ill about others and condemn or are we meek and trying to build bridges.
Children too can ask themselves whether at school they bully a companion they dislike because he is a little hateful or weak, or they make peace and forgive everything.
Pope Francis has urged us to make ourselves small, humble and be the servant of others. “The Lord will give you the ability to understand how to make peace and will provide you the strength to make it,” the Pope assured.
Matt Maher - Glory (Let There Be Peace)
On Wednesday, December 8th, we honor Mary, our Mother. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a Catholic feast celebrating Mary's conception without sin. Even though this feast day occurs in the season of Advent, which prepares for the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother, St. Anne.
The teaching of the Immaculate Conception asserts that, "from the first moment of her conception, the Blessed Virgin Mary was, by the singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of Mankind, kept free from all stain of original sin."
The observance of this feast began with a Papal encyclical by Pope Pius IX, when he formally defined the teaching of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 1854. Several years later, in 1858, the Blessed Mother gave her name to St. Bernadette at Lourdes stating, "I am the Immaculate Conception.
Join us for Mass this weekend in person at 4:oo on Saturday, 8:30 or 10:30 on Sunday, on www.gbres.org/live, our YouTube channel, and our Facebook page.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEKEND’S MASSES
VIRTUALLY SUNDAY REFLECTION
Change the Flow
How can Advent be a time that brings love, joy, peace, and harmony into the world? Join Steve as he reflects on this Sunday's Scripture readings.
New to Resurrection is "Project Nazareth: Faith Begins at Home"
This is an initiative that will deliver weekly resources to Churches of the Home. These resources will give suggestions for how to Pray, Listen, Act and Ponder with a given topic throughout the course of each week. Project Nazareth will explore the fundamental Gospel message of the Sunday Mass and other special topics such as the Year of the Eucharist.
This is a way to weave faith formation into the fabric of family life.
This Weekend's Bulletin
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No Shave November Results
Celebrate this Christmas with our Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Christmas Cookie Kits! Each kit contains everything you need to make Christmas cookies a breeze. Each donation helps CRS assist the poor and vulnerable around the world.
Each kit is a donation of $20.
Pick up Options:
December 12th after 10:30 am mass at St. Matthew's Church
December 17th at 3:00pm at Father Allouez Catholic School St. Matt’s Campus
December 19th after 10:30 am at Resurrection
December 20th at 3:15pm at FACS Resurrection Campus
Recent Losses to Our Parish Family
How did the neighbors competing for the best decorated Christmas tree settle their differences?
They signed a peace tree-ty!
Health and Wellness
Ruby and Res
Ruby is so excited for St. Nick to visit this weekend!
She's warming up his chair and ready to show the kids how to create their own St. Nick miters.