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December 4

 

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

  • Optional Memorial of St. John Damascene, Priest and Doctor of the Church
  • As you fill out your Christmas list, Consider purchasing gifts that support farmers and artisans and their families in developing countries and in low income communities in the United States.

  • Learn about the national collections for special causes that are held in the United States.  Consider making donations to these collections in the name of family members or friends instead of giving material gifts.

  • At Christmas, many inactive and less-active Catholics return to church (for example, see this study).  How are you preparing to welcome these men and women to your parish during the holidays?  Take time to discern and reflect on how you can be welcoming to visitors and infrequent churchgoers at Christmas (as well as Easter, Ash Wednesday, and all times of the year).




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