Holy Spirit Parish at Geist

From the Desk of Fr. Dan

I want to thank all of those people who have returned the "Adding to the Bricks of God's kingdom" pledge cards. If you have not turned in your card yet, please do so as soon as possible. If you are not able to contribute to the addition to the Parish Life Center, I would still appreciate getting your card back so that we can update our records. It is amazing how
many incorrect email addresses and phone number we have in our database. There have been several times when people have won the 50/50 drawing and we had a hard time getting
ahold of them. And Just for an update, we presently have received 770 Pledges for $3,387,000.00.

The Thanksgiving Basket drive is next weekend, Saturday, November 23th. Please take time to go online and sign up again this year. We are projecting a need for over 800 baskets again this year. Your help is greatly appreciated and needed. I enjoy watching the overwhelming generosity of our parishioners who on this great national celebration of Thanksgiving, when we give thanks for the many blessings we share, reach out to those in our area who have less, so that they too can celebrate the blessings we have living with the freedoms and liberties we have in America.

Advent is only two weeks away and I encour age everyone to make this Advent special by doing something extra during this time of preparation. The "Blue Books" are in the Gathering Space. Be sure to pick one up and spend six minutes each day, learning more about our faith, this season and a God who loves us so much that he sent His infant Son to redeem us.

This is one of the great seasons of repentance. Penance Services are held in every parish of our diocese and I can think of no better way to get ready for Jesus than to enter the season forgiven of our sins. I always see it as cleaning the house of our soul for Jesus' coming. Holy Spirit's Penance Service will be held on Monday, December 2nd. We presently have ten priests coming to assist with confessions and so the lines should not be too long, and there has to be at least one priest coming that will not be too scary. I hope celebrating the sacrament early in the Advent season will help us all be prepared for Christmas

Holy Days and how they came about. This time of year Catholics in the United States have some special holy days. I believe there is some confusion around holy days and why we have them. Catholics around the world are all asked to have at least two Holy Days of Obligation, one for Jesus and one for Mary. Obligation meaning we will go to Mass to celebrate the days. In the United States we have traditionally had six, Canada has two and Mexico has ten, one being Our Lady of Guadalupe. In Ireland St. Patrick's Day is a holy day of obligation. So each country's College of Bishops picks days that are special to each country. In the United Stated December 8th was chosen because our country was dedicated to the Immaculate Conception from the early years of our country. So this time of year is busy with holy days of obligation on November 1st, All Saints, December 8th, the Immaculate Conception, and December 25th Christmas. Hope that gives you a better understanding of the special beauty of these days.

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