Advent Reflections from Fr Robert Barron

Advent Day 19 – Wait for the Lord


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John V.

Christ_Jesus in manger

Waiting is very hard for most of us. I suppose we human beings have always been in a hurry, but modern people, especially, seem to want what they want, when they want it. We are driven, determined, goal-oriented, fast-moving. I, for one, can’t stand waiting.

As a Chicagoan I find myself unavoidably in a lot of traffic jams, and few things infuriate me more. Usually stuck behind a massive truck, I have no idea when I will get where I want to be, and there is nothing I can do about it.

I hate waiting at doctors’ offices; I hate waiting in line at the bank; I hate waiting for the lights to come back on when the electricity fails.

So when I’m told that waiting seems to belong to the heart of the spiritual life, I’m not pleased, for here, too, I want answers, direction, clarity – and I want them pronto. I desire to feel happy and to know what God is up to; I need my life to make sense – now. I’m pleased to live a spiritual life, but I want to be in charge of it and to make it unfold according to my schedule: Run Barron Run. All of this is profoundly antipathetic to the mood and spirit of Advent.

Throughout Advent so far, we’ve sensed a major theme: wait, but with the active expectation that God will move. The Psalmist had it right: “Wait for the Lord, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the Lord!” (Ps 27:14).

Commonwealth Catholic Charities Food Pantry Update

Update for November.




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Date: December 16, 2014 at 10:07:42 AM EST
Subject: CCC Bulletin Insert

Good morning Michele

Commonwealth Catholic Charities Food Pantry

In November you donated 179  grocery bags which helped to feed 580 needy families in the Richmond area.

Our next food drive will be the weekend of January 11th when church volunteers and the Knights of Columbus will be handing out empty grocery bags after all masses.  Please do not pass the by.  Take an empty grocery bag and return it the next weekend.

The need for food has been increasing rapidly over the past 6 months as families have  found themselves trying to pay rent and utilizes during this very cold season.  We are thankful that we can be of help to those less fortunate themselves.  Being able to give the gift of food to our needy friends is a gift of love.

Thank  you for your continued support of this ministry.


Two January Events for your Consideration


It’s time for me to continue putting the list together for the March for Life on Thursday, January 22, 2015. If I already have you signed up for 2015 no need to respond, but I did want to contact our Council members directly. Please let me know if you would like a spot(s) reserved on the free bus transportation being provided by the K of C  (  We will follow the routine of past years as far as departure time, etc.( 8 a.m. from the Pump Rd. location, travel to the Pastoral Center to meet with the Southside bus, and depart DCat 4-4:30 p.m.).  When signing up, please provide a mobile phone number.


Please pass this information along to friends, parish groups, etc.


Also, a Respect Life Holy Hour has been scheduled for January 20, 2015, @ 7:00 St. Bridget’s Church.   The Holy Hour will be intended as a vigil of sorts for the March for Life and will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.  Please make every effort to join the Church in prayer for the success of our pro-life efforts.






Mike Kozak

CCC Food Drive for December





This weekend is the last food bag distribution before Christmas. Please make every effort to help out after the Mass you attend. The bags should be out, but if you need more they are in the last closet on the left in the back hall. If you help after the 5 pm Mass on Sunday, please return unused bags to that closet.




Mike K.