Dear Holy Redeemer/Our Lady of Perpetual Help/St. Michael Parish Familes,
Greetings! May the Peace and Love of our Lord Jesus be with you all!
As we begin the Season of Advent, let us remember that Advent is a season of hope! Let us continue to be a people of hope as we look towards the end of the year and the celebration of the Lord's Birth this Christmas! Please know that I am praying for each and every one of you, and I hope that you all are doing OK during this time of the Coronavirus Pandemic. I miss seeing all of you at Church every Sunday for Mass! I wanted to take a few minutes to reach out to you and let you know about some of the upcoming events that we are having at our parishes this upcoming week.
I invite all of you to join us either in person or virtually for Mass celebrating Second Sunday of Advent, this Sunday, December 6th at 9:00 am. If you are unable to join us in person for Mass, I invite you to join us virtually at our Live-Stream at Facebook. You can find the live-stream by visiting our Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Facebook Page.
Tuesday, December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the Patronal Feast Day of Our Country and it is a Holy Day of Obligation. I will be celebrating at Mass at 9:00am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in English and a Mass at 6:00pm in Spanish at St. Michael. The Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be Live-Streamed. Please try to join us.
Join us on Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00 pm for a special evening of prayer, reflection, and spiritual enrichment during an one hour presentation entitled "Ready the Way for the Lord: Embracing Advent to Prepare for Christmas." Learn more about the Advent Season as we explore ways to live out the Spirit of the Season and prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord this Christmas! This presentation will be held in-person at Holy Redeemer and will be live-streamed on all three parishes' Facebook Pages.
Saturday, December 12 is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I will be celebrating a Mass at 9:00am at St. Michael’s. Due to COVID restrictions, this Mass will be invitation only for the Guadalapana Societies of St. Michael and Our Lady of Perpetual Help and will be live-streamed for all parishioners. Please mark your calendars and try to join us.
We invite you to participate in our Angel Tree Project for Holy Redeemer, St. Michael’s and Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Due to COVID, we are trying to make this as contactless as possible. This year, we will provide gift cards to kids and families so that they can make online or in-store purchases for Christmas. Gift cards should be in amounts of $25 or higher. We currently have over 100 angels and are expecting more. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. To participate in our Angel Tree Project, please visit this link to sign-up.
Thank you to all of the families who have registered for Religious Education this school year. Packets for the Month of November should have already been turned in. Packets for the month of December should have been picked up and should be turned in upon completion. Stay tuned for communication regarding the packets for the month of January. If you have any questions regarding Religious Education this year, please contact your child's Religious Education Teacher.
Here is the Christmas Schedule for this year. Please note our Mass Times and please try to join us as we welcome the birth of our Savior this Christmas! If you have any questions, please contact our parish offices.
We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to the 2020 Archbishop's Appeal! At Holy Redeemer, we have exceeded our parish goal of $14,882.58, with our current pledge total amounting to $16,953.67. At Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we have exceeded our parish goal of $4,741.01, with our current pledge total amounting to $5,455.00. At St. Michael, we have exceeded our parish goal of $2,778.84, with our current pledge total amounting to $4,126.00. Father Kevin would like to thank all of our donors for their generosity! If you would like to make a donation to the Archbishop's Appeal, please contact the parish office.
We are happy to share that Mass Intention Books for 2021 have now arrived and Father Kevin is available to schedule your Mass Intentions for the coming year. If you would like to schedule a Mass to be said for your intentions, please contact the parish office. The suggested donation for Mass intentions is $5.00.
As we begin the Season of Advent this week, we are also preparing for the celebration of Christmas. For those of you who would like to make a donation for our Christmas Poinsettias in memory of a loved one, envelopes are available at the back of the Church, or you can mail-in/drop off your donation to the parish office in an envelope marked “Christmas Flower Donation.” For more information, please contact the parish office.
Offering Envelopes for 2021 are available to be picked up after our Weekend Masses. If you would like to pick up you envelopes during the week, please contact our parish office to make arrangements to pick up your envelopes.
I would ask that you please remember in your prayers all the elderly of our parish, especially the homebound and those who are sick. If there is anyone you know that is elderly or who lives alone, I encourage you to please call them and check in on them! If you would like to submit a prayer intention, or let me know about an upcoming birthday/anniversary in your family, please fill out this brief form.
Holy Redeemer Parish has a YouTube Channel! Check out our YouTube Channel to view Father Kevin's Gospel Reflections and to watch recordings of our Sunday Masses! Make sure that you SUBSCRIBE on YouTube so that you can be the first to know when Father Kevin uploads a new reflection! To view our YouTube Channel, please click on this link.
A free men’s workout group is coming to our neighborhood! F3 (Fitness, Fellowship, and Faith) is free of charge, open to all men, held outdoors rain or shine, and peer-led. If interested, contact Tim Norris at 719-439-8954 or via email at email@example.com or David Kauffman at 210-254-2610 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would also ask all of our parishioners to update their contact information. We have included a link to update your emails and other contact information. Please help us better communicate with you. Also please share this email with others as we still have a long way to go in updating all of our contact information.
Please know that I am keeping you and your families in prayer during this time of pandemic. Please feel free to contact me or the parish office if there is anything we can do to be of assistance to you.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Very Reverend Kevin Fausz, CM, VU
Pastor, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, St. Michael Catholic Church