The Advent Calendar: The winter chill, Christmas lights, Santa’s parades, party schedules, gift lists etc… are leading us into the spirit of Christmas. Many of you have asked me why there isn’t any announcement about Christmas yet? Yes, yes, the social pressure of external celebrations are way to high. Therefore, I am going to propose something that will help you to prepare your hearts for the Lord this Christmas. Alexander Pope rightly said: “What do I profit if Jesus is born in thousands of cribs all over the world during this Christmas, but is not born in my heart?” You will receive an Advent Calendar this weekend to help you make Christ be born in your hearts. Try to follow the suggested spiritual activities.
Misa de Gallo ( Mass of the Rooster): Misa de Gallo is a Spanish tradition of a nine day Mass novena preparing for Christmas. Later all the Catholic countries evangelized by Spanish missionaries, like Latin America and the Philippines, also embraced that tradition. Simbang Gabi is a Filipino version of this tradition. Here at SFX we have been blessed with that beautiful tradition for last few years which allows us to enter into the spirit of Christmas by rising early with the rooster, celebrating the holy Mass, sharing breakfast and going to work with a joyful heart. We will start the Simbang Gabi Mass on December 16 and conclude with December 24. Please plan to join and receive the blessings of Advent and Christmas.
Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor