Notes from Geneveve Loraditch

November 10, 2019 Bulletin

Dear Friends in Christ,

     As the final weeks of the church calendar are coming to a close, it is not too early to start thinking about the upcoming season of Advent. Through my formation in Catechesis of The Good Shepherd, I have come to a deeper understanding of what this time in the church means. Every Sunday of Advent we are asking the Lord Jesus to come; not just into our hearts anew at Christmas time, but we are also asking Christ to come again, as in the end of time. This moment in salvation history is called the Parousia. It is so wonderful to hear the children reflect on this in the atrium. Instead of hearing rumblings of fear and misgivings, like I have felt in my younger years, we hear exclamations of joy!  I am constantly amazed by the children's responses and strive to match my own to theirs.

     Over the coming weeks we will be pondering the mystery of the Incarnation beginning first with presentations about where Jesus was born, where he lived, died and ultimately rose from the dead. Then, with the words of the prophets and the scripture passages from Jesus' infancy, we will go deeper into God's plan for salvation through the person of Jesus Christ. As we take this time in class to consider what God has done for us through the birth of his son, we invite you to bring this message into your home and take time to sit with the scriptures and prepare your heart for Jesus. Now is a great time to start thinking about how you will set your home apart this Advent, and to do your best to be ready for Christ; in his coming at Christmas time as well as in the Parousia.      

                                                                                                       ~ Geneveve (Co-coordinator of Preschool - 6th Grade)