Week of December 9th, 2018

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPLAIN AND THE STAFF

As it is written in the book of Isaiah, “Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths." John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins. John was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. He fed on locusts and wild honey. And this is what he proclaimed: "One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

Reflection: In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah foreshadowed the messenger of the Good News. Who was this? John the Baptist. He “cried out in the desert” and was sent to prepare the way of the Lord. He spoke about “one who is mightier than him” who is coming. He will baptize us not just with water, but with the Holy Spirit. In Advent, we are called to do three things. First, we are asked to prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ. Second, we are asked to make straight our paths. Third, we must also imitate John in spreading the Good News - Jesus Christ is born! The Emmanuel, which means, “God is with us” will be born.

1. Prepare: How will you prepare your heart and mind this Advent? We are not only preparing for Christmas, but also the second coming of Christ. Are you prepared for Jesus to come again? If Jesus came today, would you say the life you are living is worthy of him? What do you spend your time most in? What do you hope to spend your time in? What virtues do you possess and want to grow in? What would you like to change in your life for him? Reflect on what areas you would like to grow in order that you are more prepared when he comes.

2. Repent: What in your life needs straightening out? What obstacles are keeping you away from hearing or doing the things of the Lord? John not only shared the Good News of Christ but also focused on the importance of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. In the Our Father prayer, we pray “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespassed against us.” What sins should we ask forgiveness for? Ask Christ to give you the grace to make a sincere confession this Advent. He wants to heal our wounded hearts.

3. Share: As a baptized Son or Daughter of God, you like John are called to be a messenger and spread the Good News. Who will you share the Good News of the birth of Jesus Christ and preparing the way of the Lord? Invite someone to go with you to daily Mass this or next week or encounter the love of Jesus Christ through Confession!

Father Vaccaro and the St. John Bosco Staff

EXAM WEEK MASS SCHEDULE

Reminder: Mass this week will be at 11:05 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We invite you to come and de-stress from exams by spending time with Our Lord.

PRAYER OF THE WEEK FROM LITURGY

Prayer of Solace

May Christ support us all the day long, till the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in his mercy may he give us a safe lodging, and holy rest and peace at the last.

Amen.

AN UPDATE FROM THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM

Check out our newest testimony video featuring senior Ripken Smith!

The Communications team wishes you a successful exam week, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

PLEASE WELCOME OUR NEW FRESHMAN REPRESENTATIVE!

As we go off into break, we are pleased to inform you that Grace Long will be serving the community as our Freshmen Representative! We are thankful for her generosity to Christ and ask that you please keep her in your prayers over this Winter Break.

A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPPER SOCIAL TABLE

This Thursday, Dec. 13th, we will not be having Supper Social because of exam week. When we come back from break, we will be having a talk from the Sisters for Life on January 17th, along with a tasty, home-cooked meal! The March for Life will be coming up soon, and it will be wonderful to start it with a talk from our beloved sisters. We wish you all the best on your exams, and we look forward to welcoming you to Supper Social next semester! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

TUNE IN TO THE SUNDAY TALK

The first Sunday Talk of the spring semester is on January 27th in Lee Hall room 411 at 7:30 pm. All are welcome to join us as we continue our series talking about The Beauty of the Human Person.

If you haven’t already, check out the Sunday Talk on Apple Podcasts and Google Play.

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S DISCERNMENT GROUPS

Ladies, the first Women’s Discernment group is Monday, January 21st at 6:00 pm in the Saint John Bosco Center lounge followed by a trip to Primavera. If you’re interested, sign up here

Calling all guys! The first Men’s Discernment group is Monday, January 28th at 6:00 pm in the Saint John Bosco Center lounge followed by a trip to Primavera. Those interested in learning more about the group can contact Fr. Vaccaro at fathervaccaro@umwccm.org.

FRIDAY FUN UPDATE FROM ALLISON MCCRUMB

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This past Friday, we had our last fun Friday of the semester. We went up to DC to see the National Christmas Tree and the Willard Hotel. After that, we went to Metro 29 Diner (which is Father’s favorite restaurant). I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Good luck with your exams and I’ll see you next year!