A Message from Fr. Eric

On December 1, 2019 Pope Francis published the Apostolic Letter Admirabile Signum, or the enchanted image in English. In this letter on the meaning and importance of the nativity scene Pope Francis wishes “to encourage the beautiful family tradition of preparing the nativity scene in the days before Christmas, but also the custom of setting it up in the workplace, in schools, hospitals, prisons and town squares.” The Holy Father goes on to write that “the Christmas creche is part of the precious yet demanding process of passing on the faith. Beginning in childhood, and at every stage of our lives, it teaches us to contemplate Jesus, to experience God’s love for us, to feel and believe that God is with us and that we are with him, his children, brothers and sisters all, thanks to the Child who is the Son of God and the Son of the Virgin Mary.”

Pope Francis describes the Christmas creche as something that “never ceases to arouse amazement and wonder” and calls it a “simple and joyful proclamation of the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God” as well as a “living Gospel rising up from the pages of sacred Scripture.” While the origins of the nativity scene are found in the Gospel accounts of the birth of Christ, the nativity scene that we are all familiar with has its roots in the little Italian town of Greccio.

In late November of 1223, Saint Francis of Assisi stopped in Greccio while traveling. While there he noticed that the caves of Greccio reminded him of the countryside of Bethlehem which prompted him to embark on a mission “to bring to life the memory of the babe born in Bethlehem, to see as much as possible with my own bodily eyes the discomfort of His infant needs, how He lay in a manger, and how, with an ox and an ass standing by, He was laid upon a bed of hay.” On December 25 St. Francis arrived at the scene to find friars and people from the farms in the area at the site making his dream into a reality.

Over the years, many traditions and memories have been made surrounding the Christmas creche, including a beautiful tradition started by St. Pope John Paul II. Early on in his papacy St. John Paul II invited the children of Rome to gather in St. Peter’s Square on the Third Sunday of Advent for the Angelus address. This invitation included the instruction to bring the baby Jesus figure from their nativity scene which he then blessed. This tradition of blessing the figurines of Jesus on the Third Sunday of Advent, known as Bambinelli Sunday, has been continued by Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis as well as spread throughout the world. We will hold our own blessing here at St. Anthony at the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 13. I invite you to bring your Jesus figurines to be blessed during this Mass.

– Fr. Eric

Mass Reopening Highlights

  • The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues until further notice.
  • Those that are sick should refrain from attending for fourteen days from when symptoms began
  • Those that are at higher risk should consider staying home at this time
  • Masses will continue to be streamed online (8 AM daily, 10 AM Sunday)
  • Social distancing and reduced capacity protocols will be in place, there will be markers on the pews indicating open seating
  • Face coverings are encouraged for all and required for ushers and extraordinary minister
  • Church will be cleaned and sanitized after every Mass – if there is someone who would be able to help organize volunteers to assist that would be greatly appreciated
  • Distribution of Holy Communion 
    • All minister will sanitize hands before and after Communion and wear masks
    • Distribution will be under one species, the Body of Christ
    • Reception of Communion is to be in the hand and standing – as I am in the high-risk group, I ask in your charity to respect this decision
As this is the first phase in returning, these will be regularly reviewed and adapted as necessary.

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Pope Francis: Inculturated Mass shows us the gifts of the Holy Spirit

Vatican City, Dec 1, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis said Tuesday that inculturated liturgy can teach Catholics to better appreciate the diverse gifts of the Holy Spirit.

In a preface to a new book, Pope Francis said “this process of liturgical inculturation in Congo is an invitation to value the various gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are a treasure for all humanity.”

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CNA Staff, Dec 1, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- A Catholic diocese said Tuesday that it was praying for the dead and injured after a car plowed into pedestrians in the city of Trier in southwest Germany. 

CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner, reported that the Diocese of Trier wrote on its Twitter account Dec. 1: “We pray for the victims and all those affected.”

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Pro-life candidate elected to Congress by six votes

CNA Staff, Dec 1, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- In one of the last results in the 2020 election to be called, another pro-life female candidate won election to the House of Representatives in Iowa’s 2nd district race certified on Monday.

Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks eked out victory over Democratic candidate Rita Hart by the narrowest of margins in the state’s southeast district, winning by only six votes as the election results were certified on Monday: 196,964 to 196,958.

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