Father Booth’s Weekly Reflection
Franciscan Sisters of the Poor of Jesus Christ
We have a wonderful group of Franciscan Sisters living next door to the church. These joyful sisters tirelessly serve the poor of Birmingham. In their efforts to conform to the charism of their namesake, Saint Francis, they take a vow of poverty and live by Divine providence. If you would like to know how you can help them, and the poor, a sign-up sheet is available. They will be extremely grateful for your support!
COVID-19 RESPONSE – MASS & DEVOTIONS
We have an additional Sunday Latin Mass at 7:30, which is intended to aid in the social distancing, and will continue on a provisional basis.
NOTE ON CONFESSIONS
If there is a significant line for confession, Fr Booth might say part of the formula of absolution while the penitent recites the act of contrition. The full formula of absolution is always said, but the first part might be said softly during the act of contrition. Thus, you might only hear “and I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
WELCOME TO ALL OF OUR VISITORS
We are glad you have attended Mass with us. If you wish to join Blessed Sacrament, please pick up a parish census form at the Religious Goods Counter located in the vestibule of the front entrance.
In memory of Lois Pruitt, the sanctuary lamp will burn for the repose of her soul from November 27th to December 3rd. The sanctuary lamp will burn for the repose of Hazel Melendez from December 4th until December 10th.
During Advent, we will collect blankets and coats for the Catholic Center of Concern. Please place the coats and blankets in the back of the Church near the statue of St Therese.
ADVENT ANGEL TREE
We have an Advent Angel Tree this year that will benefit a number of truly needy families in our local communality. Please bring the gift items back with the angel tag attached by Sunday, December 18th.
We will have our First Friday English Mass on December 2nd at 8:30 a.m. in the Rectory followed with Adoration and Benediction and a Latin Low Mass at 6:30 p.m. in the Church.
In lieu of usual First Saturday events, there will be a Rorate Mass, a Latin Mass in honor of Our Lady, on Saturday December 3rd at 6:15 a.m.
Next Sunday is the first Sunday of the month. There will be potluck brunch following the 9:00 Mass.
Since Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, we will have our normal 4:00 p.m., 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 10:45 a.m. Mass schedule for Christmas.
Our pledge goal this year is $20,000. Almost all money raised through this annual appeal remains within the diocese. As of mid-October, we have pledged about $14,600 (73%) of our parish goal.
PRAY FOR OUR SEMINARIANS
Please pray for our seminarians: Deacon Daniel Sessions, Patrick DePew, Max Gallegos, John Gardiner, Collins Hess, John Paul Stepnowski, Andrew Vickery, Hunter Limbaugh, Adam Sellers, Francisco Rodgriguez, Justin Brouillette, Cameron Huhlein, Patrick Letterle, Wilson Moin, and Dominic Rumore. May more good men to answer God’s call to the priesthood.
2022 HIGH MASS SCHEDULE
The High Mass schedule for the 10:45 a.m. Mass is as follows: Every Sunday with the addition of Immaculate Conception (Thursday, December 8th).
TENTATIVE FIRST COMMUNION DATE
For 2023, April 23rd has been identified as the date for First Communion.
NOTE ON MASS INTENTIONS
There is about a six-month backlog on Mass Intentions. Thus, requested Mass dates cannot always be honored.
MASS SCHEDULE AND INTENTIONS: (*Masses in the Rectory Chapel)
|Sat, Nov 26:||4:00 p.m.||Special Intention for Suzanne Vickery (by Trish Beaumont)|
|Sun, Nov 27:||7:30 a.m.||Special Intention for Maddie Duvall (by the Duvall Family)|
|9:00 a.m.||Pro Populo|
|10:45 a.m.||Special Intention for Mary Shields (by Monica Duvall)|
|Mon, Nov 28:||*8:30 a.m.||Private Intention|
|Tues, Nov 29:||*8:30 a.m.||Special Intention for Frances Rooney (by Monica Duvall)|
|Wed, Nov 30:||*7:00 a.m.||Special Intention for Paris Duvall (by the Duvall Family)|
|*8:30 a.m.||Special Intention for Joseph Ducote (by the Duvall Family)|
|Thur, Dec 1:||*8:30 a.m.||Special Intention for John Luke Brueggen (by Monica Duvall)|
|Fri, Dec 2:||*8:30 a.m.||†||Juan F. Jimenez (by the Donellan Family)|
|6:30 p.m.||†||Juan F. Jimenez (by the Donellan Family)|
|Sat, Dec 3:||6:15 a.m.||†||Juan F. Jimenez (by the Donellan Family)|
|4:00 p.m.||Special Intention for John Paul Hahn (by the Donellan Family)|
|Sun, Dec 4:||7:30 a.m.||Special Intention for Marc Ayers (by the Donellan Family)|
|9:00 a.m.||Pro Populo|
|10:45 a.m.||Special Intention for Jacob Duryea (by the Donellan Family)|
NEXT WEEK’S MASS READINGS
|4:00 p.m.||Second Sunday of Advent||Isa 11:1-10, Rom 15:4-9, Mt 3:1-12|
|7:30 a.m.||Second Sunday of Advent||Rom 15:4-13, Mt 11:2-10|
|9:00 a.m.||Second Sunday of Advent||Isa 11:1-10, Rom 15:4-9, Mt 3:1-12|
|10:45 a.m.||Second Sunday of Advent||Rom 15:4-13, Mt 11:2-10|