From Father Larry
Dear Family of St. Matthias,

Advent Greetings! I thank Mark Meier and our parish Confraternity of Our Lady of Peñafrancia for our hymnal book racks in each pew. They look wonderful and our church looks cleaner and neater. I thank you for your generosity.

In your good name, I welcomed Miki Eichholz and James Blalack from our RCIA class at the Rite of Election last Sunday. We are glad to have you in our community. We are praying for you. Everyone, please keep Miki and James and their entire RCIA class in your prayers. The RCIA Class meets this month at St. Matthias. I thank you.

Tomorrow, Monday, December 9, we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation. It was moved by the church due to December 8 being on a Sunday which always takes precedence. Our Masses are at 8:15 AM and at 7 PM. Mary is the patroness of our United States.

Please join us on Tuesday, December 10, at 7 PM in church for a Town Hall meeting on the topic of Renew My Church. Fr. Jason Malave, the lead priest of the Renew My Church project, will be here along with other members of his team to answer our questions and concerns. There are many questions especially concerning the option chosen since that decision was not one of those submitted by either our team or the cluster team for which so much time and energy had been devoted. Please keep praying for a miracle. For further information concerning Renew My Church, please see page 6. Please plan on joining us this Tuesday at 7 PM in our church. I thank you in Advent hope.

As we are in Advent, the season of looking back to the first coming of Christ and looking forward to the second coming, we have two paraliturgies to help us prepare and to be 'on the watch'. On Thursday, December 12, we will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 7 PM in the convent chapel by praying the rosary. The second paraliturgy will be our annual Advent Reconciliation service on Thursday, December 19, at 7 PM. There will be a short prayer service followed by individual confessions.

On behalf of our school community, I invite you to two performances by our students. The first one is at 9:30 AM by our first graders, and the second is at 1:30 PM by our children's choir and the 8th graders. Both will be in church on Sunday, December 15. Please join us as we celebrate the talents and gifts of our students as they help us get into the spirit of the Christmas.

The Men's Club Christmas tree sales have begun. All profits from the sales go directly to our School. Please see page 4 for further details. Please support our Men's Club in their good work.

Please see page 2 of our Voice for the Offertory Collection Summary of last week. On behalf of our Finance Committee and myself, we thank you for your generosity. We thank you for continued participation in our Offertory collection program. I thank you for ALL that you do for our Family of St. Matthias.

I pray for you every day.

Please join us on Tuesday, December 10, at 7 PM at our Town Hall Meeting in church concerning Renew My Church. Please continue to pray daily for a miracle. I thank you in Advent Hope. Have a good and holy week of Advent.

Fr. Larry