Browsing the December 2017 archive of NOTES FROM THE DESK OF....

December 30-31, 2017

Posted by Sharon Myers on 12/28/17

So 2017 is just about over. Once again, it has been quite an eventful year. In January Donald Trump assumed the Presidency. Whatever you think of him, he certainly is a provocative person. With his initiatives we have witnessed the debates about immigration and proposed travel bans, how to ... Read More »

December 24-25, 2017

Posted by Sharon Myers on 12/19/17

St. Francis of Assisi loved Christmas, and we Franciscans do too! As you probably know, St. Francis popularized the Christmas crèche tradition. A few years before he died, in a little Italian town called Greccio, St. Francis had the townspeople gather a manger and some live animals in a ... Read More »

December 16-17, 2017

Posted by Sharon Myers on 12/14/17

The third Sunday of Advent is traditionally referred to as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is the Latin word for “rejoice,” and this designation is meant to echo and reinforce the admonition from the very first sentence of today’s second reading from 1 Thessalonians, “rejoice always.” The idea is that the ... Read More »

December 10, 2017

Posted by Sharon Myers on 12/05/17

This Advent season is a short one; we will lose the 4th week since the 4th Sunday falls on Christmas Eve. Not only does this make the scheduling of Masses a bit difficult; it also means we will not hear some of the beautiful Advent Scripture readings. We will ... Read More »