The Anticipation is Building!
Can it be that we are celebrating the third week of Advent? It seems like just yesterday that the fall décor in church was replaced by the midnight blue, a color that reminds us we are waiting – waiting for Jesus to come in all his glory.
This Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent is known as “Guadate” Sunday, symbolized by the lighting of the pink or mauve colored candle on the Advent Wreath. Liturgically, our anticipation of the celebration of Christmas as well as the second coming of Christ is growing and we are called to rejoice in great expectation of the Savior. The word “gaudate” means rejoice! So we take a break from more somber Readings from Scripture and are reminded to rejoice and be glad as we await the coming of Christ. Last Sunday, if you were at the 10:30 am Mass, you had the opportunity to meet the two young people who are part of the R.C.I.A. process this year at the Rite of Acceptance. Having now completed the first stage of the R.C.I.A. process, they made a public commitment to continue to be catechized in the faith of the Catholic Church. Here is a short bio on each of them: Michelle Graunke is seeking to become a member of the Catholic Church through Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.
Michelle was born in North Carolina, is 32 years old and works full time as an LPN at Centra Care. Her sponsor is her fiancé, Derik Grittner, born and raised Catholic in the Hillman area.
He is a project Manager at Klein Landscaping. Michelle and Derik are planning to be married in 2015 and have a deep desire to raise their future children in the Catholic faith.
Colin Anderson, born and raised near Red Wing, MN was baptized Presbyterian and became interested in becoming Catholic as he began to plan a future with his fiancé, Shannon Schmitz. Shannon is a Nurse Practitioner at CentraCare and will be Colin’s sponsor as he seeks full communion with the Catholic Church through Confirmation and the Eucharist. Colin is 30 years old and is employed as a Project Manager for
Health I T Services. He and Shannon will be married on August 8, 2015 here at St. Francis Xavier and are looking forward to sharing one faith with their future children.
Please hold these young people in your prayers during their time of preparation to enter the Catholic Church. Just as our anticipation for Christmas is growing, their anticipation of the Easter Vigil is also increasing. What a sign of hope we find in these young people so eager to become Catholic and making plans to hand on our shared faith to another generation.
Rejoice and be Glad!!