O Come, O Come..., 11/29/20

Dear STL Family,
Advent, a season of joyful expectation before Christmas,
a season of hope knowing that Christ will come again!   I know two families who have waited in hope for many, many months ~ The Aguilar and Mc Carthy families have been preparing through our Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) to be received into full Communion with the Catholic Church. We will formally welcome them this Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent. Join me in congratulating Madyson Mc Carthy, Danielle Aguilar, and her daughters, Kayla, Carolyn, and Ella Aguilar on this joyous occasion. 
There's a lot more going on, too...
  • Poinsettias beautifully decorate our church on Christmas and are a special way to remember loved ones, both living and deceased. Your donation also helps with our Christmas Decoration expenses.
       * Donation for small poinsettias are $25.00,
          medium $50.00 and large $150.00.
    Envelopes are available after Mass or donate online at https://stlukeelcajon.weshareonline.org/  
    and click on Christmas Flowers. List the names of your loved ones in the comments section.
  • In the next few days look for The Giving Tree list of Store Gift Card needs for our Human Services Partners. Your monetary donations through STL's online giving will directly serve clients of Crisis House, Interfaith Shelter Network, San Diego Youth Services & El Cajon Collaborative Member Agencies
  • Mark your calendar for the Las Madrinas Christmas Bake & Craft Sale, Dec. 6th (after the 9:00 am Mass). Please bake your favorite Christmas treats (cookies-pies-cakes-candies) and/or make your favorite Craft items for this Fundraiser! COVID-19 protocols will be enforced for everyone's health and safety. Bakers and crafters, call Kay Krueger at 619/249-5100 or email her at [email protected] ASAP.
  • The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation. There will only be one in-person, outdoor, televised Mass on Tuesday, Dec. 8th at 7:30 am.
  • STL's Christmas Vigil and Christmas Day Masses
    • Thurs, Dec. 24th, 3:30 pm in-person, outdoors, and televised for those sheltering at home
    • Thurs, Dec. 24th, 7:00 pm in-person, outdoors
    • Thurs, Dec. 24th, 10:00 pm in-person, outdoors 
    • Fri, Dec. 25th, 9:00 am in-person, outdoors
    • Note: This schedule may change as COVID-19 Health Orders prescribe. 
Please help keep our parish family safe.
Wear your face covering and respect the prescribed social-distance measures when on our site.
With a very grateful heart,
The whole Advent message is about God’s fidelity toward us. God hears our cry, he comes to our aid, he dies and rises for us, and he remains with us (especially in the Sacraments) until the final revelation of his glory. Why else would we hope in God, unless he entrusted himself to us first?
Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan
Sent by Jane Alfano