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We are the
St. John The Baptist / Holy Trinity Parish
of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse
"We the Roman Catholic Christian Community of the Diocese of Syracuse, in response to our baptismal call and nourished by the Eucharist, seek to continue the mission of Jesus Christ by welcoming, supporting and guiding God's family through prayer, sacramental celebration, service and education."
(Diocesan Mission Statement)
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse
1st Sunday Of Advent
"What I say to you, I say to all: 'Watch!'" The season of Advent begins with this exclamation from the Lord. He urges us, "Be watchful! Be alert!" This is not the time for a spiritual snooze. Advent is meant to serve as a wake-up call for those of us Christians who have a tendency to start drifting off after a while. We get into our routines, find the patterns that work for us, and then run the risk of just going through the motions. Maybe we say a morning prayer with consistency but have begun to forget to really think about the words. Perhaps we rouse ourselves enough to get to Mass on Sundays, but when we're there we let our minds daydream. Some of us might have made spiritual resolutions to overcome a bad habit or to begin some regular program of service, but instead of following through with the hard work of perseverance, we gave up the effort and fell back into our previous rut.
Whatever the case, now is the time to shake ourselves free and to ask God to invigorate us once again. Now is the time to stop zoning out and start tuning in. Jesus' message today has the intention of getting our attention. He's doing what he can; the rest is up to us. As Advent begins, we would do well to pause for a few moments and reflect. What might be preventing me from being fully awake to my faith? What activities preoccupy my time and my thoughts? What bad habits blur my spiritual vision? How could I really listen to the voice of the Lord this Advent season? Saying a special prayer during these four weeks, committing to some spiritual reading, even simply putting an Advent wreath on the table: any of these things can help us stay awake as we continue watching and waiting for the coming of Christ.
Eucharistic Ministers Needed
SJB/HT is in need of Eucharistic Ministers especially for the Saturday 4:00PM and Sunday 11:00AM Masses. If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister please contact Lori Weir at 766-7886 or Lisa Jones at 530-0924.
Servers To Help With Funerals
We have reached out before with this request and we find that we need to reach out again. SJB/HT is in need of ladies and gentlemen of the parish who are able to help on the altar when a funeral is scheduled as an Altar Server. This does happen at a moments notice so calling upon you will be at a moments notice. Generally I am notified by the funeral director and have at least 2-4 days to prepare. Funerals at this time are during the days, Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. We begin at 9:00AM no later than 10:30AM. Training will be provided. We ask that you dress business casual. This is a volunteer position. Please inquire with the office at 478-0916 for further information. Thank You for your consideration
A WORD ABOUT THE ANNUAL HOPE APPEAL
The Hope Appeal is an annual assessment from the Diocese. The money collected goes directly to the Diocese. We are assessed an amount each year (This year approximately $30,000) The difference that is not collected becomes our liability to the Diocese. This year we collected approximately $17,000. This means that we owe the Diocese $13,000 this year.
There are a lot of things the church could do with $13,000, to help it survive. If you can find it in your hearts, and can afford an additional contribution, it would be really appreciated. Thank you.
Mon., Tues. & Fri.—12:00 Noon
Saturday Vigil—4:00 pm
Sunday—9:00 am & 11:00 am
Reconciliation: Fri. 11:30am. Or by appointment.