Mercy Alive

THE ADVENT SEASON – A Time for Preparation

VOL. 38 NO. 50

The Light Is On For You

“Prepare the way for the Lord,” cried John the Baptist from the desert to the people of his time. As Catholics, we are given the opportunity to heed St. John’s call by readying ourselves for the Lord’s coming during this Advent Season through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Several churches in our diocese, including Our Lady of Mercy, offer this special opportunity to receive the Sacrament by hosting Reconciliation Services through “The Light Is On For You.”

Prepare yourself for this opportunity by learning how to make a good Confession. Start with an examination of conscience, recalling your sins and prayerfully asking yourself what you have done with full knowledge and full consent against God’s Commandments. Begin your Confession by making the sign of the cross and greeting the priest. Tell the priest how long it has been since your last Confession and confess your sins. After you have received your penance, recite the Act of Contrition expressing sorrow for your sins.

Opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at Our Lady of Mercy are from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm on Wednesday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 23.


Christmas Concert

Under the direction of Ms. Mary Kannenberg, the Our Lady of Mercy Chancel Choir along with Harpist,
Ms. Rebecca Todaro and Organist, Mr. Louis Wendt, will present A Ceremony of Carols this Advent Season on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm. The performance will take place at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church and will feature British composer Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols paired with an audience
sing-along of traditional carols of the season.

Written for Christmas, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols consists of eleven movements with Middle English texts taken from The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems. They capture the medieval understanding of God, the world and mankind.

After the choral piece, audience members will be invited to join in singing beloved carols of the season, including O Come All Ye Faithful and Silent Night. These traditional carols come with a twist: each includes a passage in its original written language; sung in German, French, Latin and Italian!

*A suggested donation is $10.00 per family and one non-perishable food item for the St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Baskets. All proceeds will benefit the Our Lady of Mercy Music Ministry

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