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|Parish Secretary||Nancy Charbonneau|
|Music Director||Judy Bray|
|Altar Servers||Jacque Courville|
The Reverend Roland C. Cloutier Welcomes You to All Saints Catholic Church
All Saints Parish in Somersville, Connecticut is committed as a faith-filled community to meet the spiritual and temporal needs of those we encounter in all ministries of our faith. Through prayer, sacramental life and works of charity, in love and obedience to God, the Lord of all life. All Saints stands ready to proclaim the Good News in word, sacrament, and service to all.
All Saints Church is yoked with St. Edward Church in Stafford Springs, CT.†Click here to link to the Saint Edward website.
If you know of anyone who is hospitalized or homebound and would like to receive the Eucharist, please contact the rectory office.
SAINT EDWARD Christmas Eve: 4:00pm and 7:00pm Christmas Day: 9:00am
ALL SAINTS Christmas Eve: 4:00pm and 6:00pm Christmas Day: 9:30am
On Christmas Eve, December 24, Confessions will be held in the church from 11:00am - 12Noon at both All Saints and Saint Edwards.
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
On this Fourth Sunday of Advent we are called to reflect upon Godís immeasurable love and care for us. Jesus, Emmanuel, the Christ Child comes. This holy Child of Bethelehem is the gentle, loving, simple, holy presence of God. He is the answer to all our questions, all our problems, all our conflicts, and all our fears.
FROM OUR BISHOP - Christmas Message 2014
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Christmas celebrates our God made visible in the birth of the Christ-child in Bethlehem. Angels announce His birth and shepherds welcome our Newborn Savior. Truly, Godís Word has come among us in flesh and, in the Lord, we experience the fullness of Godís love.
This Christmas, while a chorus of angels will not fill our skies, the signs of Jesusí birth are seen throughout the streets and neighborhoods of our communities. Christmas lights both brighten the darkness and warm the coldness of winter. For, Christ is truly the light of the world, the light that bathes us in Godís love, a light that dispels the darkness of sin. The familiar and much loved Christmas carols raise our minds and hearts to God helping us to experience the beauty of that holy night. The Christmas trees and wreaths signify Godís love and His gift to us of eternal life. Through Christ, we share more fully in Godís life and know His infinite mercy and love.
As great as this Solemnity is to us, for some, Christmas can be just another date on our busy calendars. But Christís birth should be a deep and enriching experience renewing Godís life in our own. We live in a society whose very culture is tarnished by selfishness and sin. Christmas calls us to welcome Christ and, in our daily lives, to make the Lord visible. How? By following Jesus, by doing what the Lord did, we make Christ visible, and we carry on His mission. Our words, our deeds, our lives can be channels of Godís grace and favor. Finding their origin in Christ and His Church, the Sacraments shower us with Godís love incarnate in Christ. This love is to be shared with all the people. By ministering to others, we carry on His mission and make Christ visible to them.
Christ embraced the needs of others and filled their emptiness with Godís love. He saw the needy as sisters and brothers and He restored their dignity and their self-respect. His healing not only cured the lame, the blind, the wayward, and the sick, but also, Christ healed their souls. His mercy and love gave them a fullness that only God can give us.
So how will we celebrate Christmas? Will our celebration reach back in time to the essence of His birth, and like the shepherds, will we realize the meaning of the angelsí greeting, ďgood news, tidings of great joy to be shared by His whole people.Ē? That message is now ours to share with everyone. Where? To our families, first and foremost, bring Christmas alive in your homes and then through your charity, bring Christmas to the homes and hearts of others by sharing with them from your own blessings and even from your own need. For from His fullness we have all received Godís life and love, gifts to be shared.
Now the time is ours! The Church welcomes you. Just like the Christ-child on the first Christmas welcomed shepherds and kings, the Newborn Savior welcomes you and calls you to celebrate and to live the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
This Christmas, may you welcome Christ in your hearts and embrace His love each day of the new year of grace, 2015! Merry Christmas and a happy and holy New Year!
Sincerely Yours in Christ, Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich
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