December 21, 2019

Merry Christmas!

Announcements

Thank you to the Flores-Casados Family for their special help with the Lessons and Carols reception!
Students return after Christmas vacation on Sunday, January 12.
The next Moms’ Prayer Group Meeting will be on Sunday, January 12, at 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help Classroom; all moms are welcome to come!
Looking Ahead:  The Sacrament of Confirmation will be bestowed on those students who would like to receive it on Monday, April 27, at 5:30 PM, in the abbey church.  More information to come.

Athletics

• The next soccer games are:   January 15, Wednesday, at 3:00 PM, at Savanna High School
[301 N Gilbert St, Anaheim, CA 92801]
• The next basketball games are:  January 14, Tuesday, at 2:00 PM, at Ladera Sports Center
[2 Terrace Rd, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694]

Sermon by a Norbertine Priest

Just a simple thought for these couple days before Christmas, with a practical application.

We have all seen children, and have all been children ourselves at one time, who, after having wished for, begged for, prayed for and impatiently waited for that much desired Christmas gift, to our great joy finally received it on Christmas morning—that one thing we really wanted to badly.  And then, and after about 24 hours or so, we buried somewhere in the back of our closet, or tossed it into the pile with all our other toys, or lost it under our bed with our old shoes and dirty clothes, completely forgotten.  We often do the same with the gifts God gives us.

There is one gift which God is granting us for sure this Christmas.  And the important question we ought to ask ourselves today is, what are we going to do with it?

The gift is Christmas itself, the Birthday of the Savior.  Is this something we are going to enjoy for a few hours until the eggnog runs out, only to be quickly boxed up for the next 12 months with the decorations, or will we treasure it all year long, especially during the next 8 days? In her wisdom, Holy Mother Church knows that such an immense gift cannot be exhausted in just one day, and so for most of her history she has added an Octave to her greatest feasts, that is, 8 consecutive days of celebrating the same feast—one long continuation, one long Christmas party.  While the world will pack-up Christmas come the morning of the 26th and forget about it until next year, we should continue to celebrate it in a most special way for the next 8 days.  What can you do? You can go to Mass each day during the Octave of Christmas.  After all, at every Mass we have the Christmas story lived out in our very presence:  the same God Who was born of the Virgin Mary in a stable, now comes down into the hands of the priest and offers Himself up on the altar.  Or if you cannot get to Mass, make a visit to a church each day to visit our Lord in the tabernacle.  The Magi traveled thousands of miles to see the Christ Child.  Can’t we jump in the car and drive 20 minutes? Or pray an extra Rosary, or visit the poor, or sing hymns in praise of the Savior.  But do something special the next 8 days after Christmas to show our Lord how grateful you are for this greatest of gifts.

It would be bad manners, to say the least, to stuff into the back of your closet a Christmas gift that someone just gave you the day before.  Let us not do this with the greatest gift of all, the Christ Child, to Whom, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, be all glory and honor.  Amen.

Prayer Requests

• For all the benefactors of St. Michael’s Preparatory School, living and deceased.
• For all the students and families of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.
• For all faculty and staff of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.