This Fourth Sunday of Advent brings to us the prominent figure of the Virgin Mary. Without hesitation she cooperates with God's will for her. Do we do the same? She is the model of faith and obedience to God's will. Let us take her example for all of us.
You will have received my appeal by now. I am counting on your generosity to bring us up-to-date with our finances. Remember that God will not be outdone in generosity. If you wish your donation to be counted for this year make sure your check is dated no later than 31 December. I thank all of those who have responded so generously up to this point.
Let us continue to calmly prepare for the Lord's coming. Christmas will be here in a few days. Please refer to the schedule for the Christmas Masses and New Year's Day.
My prayers are with all of you. May the Lord bless you and your families abundantly.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
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From its roots in the Old Testament temple worship, the sacred liturgy of the Church has always seen music as an integral part of our worship. This is no more evident than here at the Basilica of St. John. Whether your tastes run from traditional Gregorian Chant, to contemporary worship with our folk group, to our ethnic diversity with the beautiful music from our Vietnamese and Hispanic choirs, to the timeless classics of the bell choir and our outstanding Basilica Choir, we live to "make a joyful noise," at the Basilica of St. John. In the words of St. Augustine, "He who sings, prays twice."
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