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Pastoral Ponderings . . .
Mary Stallmann, School Administrator
Waiting for Advent
Waiting…waiting…waiting…Advent is a time of waiting. It is a time of simple living and extra prayers. It is also a time to prepare for a new coming of Jesus our Savior. Waiting is hard for adults and children. And yet, it is the children that see the magic in the time. The first snow fall—which is falling right now as I write this article—the bells ringing, the cookies baking, the time to purchase gifts, and the time to wait eagerly for their own gifts. For adults, this time can become more stressful trying to “get everything done”. Maybe now is the time to remember and show the children in our lives what Advent is really means. Advent should be about peace-filled prayer and penance and less about buying and baking. We need to be open and ready to accept the gift that Christmas will give us.
At St. Joseph Parish School, we reflect everyday during the Advent season. We also stress the importance of helping others during this time. That is why we have outreach for our Thursday Masses and in each classroom. Some of our classes are collecting hats, scarves and mittens, some of our classes are spending time at the local nursing homes, and some of our classes are even helping out our 4-legged furry friends. It is so important for the students to remember the true reason for Christmas. It isn’t about getting all the presents we want, or for adults, achieving the perfectly orchestrated holiday; no, what matters is watching for God in every situation and being attentive to the small signs and gestures that will lead us to Jesus’ coming.
Read more about what is happening in our parish in this week’s Bulletin.