Word from the Pastor

Message from the Msgr. Kenneth Schwanger

My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,

This year Thanksgiving offers us a beautiful bridge from the closing of one liturgical year to the opening of another. I invite the whole parish family to come together for Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day to give thanks for all the blessings we have received this past year and to look forward with hope and expectation as we prepare to receive Christ anew at Christmas.

Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, the season of preparation and of hope. For the first Sunday of Advent, we are again inviting everyone to bring their Advent Wreath from home to Mass and we will bless it together with the Advent Wreath for the parish. If you do not have an Advent Wreath for home you can get one at our Holy Boutique. Our Angel Tree returns and will be set up in the outside vestibule. The Angel Tree has ornaments on it with suggestions of gifts for those in need. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society will be collecting and distributing our gifts.

Friday, December 3rd is our OLOL Advent Church Cleanup for Christmas.

We will gather at 10:00 am in the Chapel to begin.

Just in time for us to open our celebration of the Immaculate Conception with the bilingual vigil on December 7th at 7:00 p.m. followed by our traditional Gritería in her honor. Our annual Mass of Consecration to Jesus through Mary is on the feast day itself, December 8th at 7:00 p.m.

The third Sunday of Advent we bless our expectant mothers, their children in the womb, and their families. Advent is a beautiful time to celebrate God’s gift of life and to say to yes with Mary to our place in His divine plan. The fourth Sunday of Advent we bless the image of the infant Jesus from the parish creche and from our home creches.

Our Christmas Concert, and now also Sing Along, is Friday, December 16th at the Outdoor Altar.

It is a wonderful event and a wonderful way to make the final turn toward Christmas. Don’t miss it!

Finally, our Advent mission for this year can be found in the little books we are distributing this weekend in both English and Spanish. Please take a book home and read through it throughout the season of Advent. Let’s begin immediately to make “Holy Moments” and to do our part to prepare Miami, and ourselves, to encounter Jesus and the love He brings at Christmas.

You can see then that we planned a beautiful season so that we might enter wholly into the joy of Christmas when we gather to celebrate our Savior’s birth. Come and join us!

Msgr. Schwanger