Fr. Schrader's Weekly Column

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November 29, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

        Happy New Church Year, one and all!  On this First Sunday of Advent, we begin Year “B” (the year of Mark’s Gospel for most of our Sunday liturgies) and Year 1 for our weekday liturgies.  While we can not yet return our hymnals or missalettes to the pews, those who have been using the take-home copies of The Word Among Us have found them to be helpful, as they have not only all the weekend and weekday Mass readings in them but also several articles in each issue by way of ongoing Faith Formation (at a time when we cannot have in-person Faith Formation sessions).  We have extended the arrangement with the publisher to continue providing these at least through the end of the fiscal year in June.  Also, be sure to take home a copy of the 2021 church calendar today as well to keep track of the saints and the seasons.  Thanks for bringing groceries to church which will help greatly in keeping our local food pantries stocked for the holidays ahead.  Today being the First Sunday of Advent is also the annual Second Collection for Catholic University & Other Catholic Higher Education Institutions.  By the way, this beginning of the Church Year is also a good time to switch from envelopes to Electronic Funds Transfer as I did years ago.  Just call our Finance Office at 288-5000 to get on board.  You can also donate via the “Donations” button at the top of our web site page found at, or you can even text your donation now at 833-397-0442.  Livestreaming at will take place now more regularly of our weekend Masses at St. James (Saturday at 4:30 P.M. and Sunday at 8:00 A.M.) as well as weekdays (Monday and Wednesday at 7:45 A.M.) and other non-Mass services (Rosary, etc.) as we continue to unfold its use here in the parish.

Cyber Monday, we are blessed with the Full “Beaver” Moon at 4:30 A.M.  Rise and shine!

Giving Tuesday, our Liturgy Committee meets by Zoom at 1:30 P.M. to put the final touches on our Christmas plans.  Remember, too, that Tuesday is one of the two days each week (the other one being Friday) when the diocesan website updates parish standings in the CMA (Catholic Ministries Appeal).  Just log on to for the latest update on where we stand among all the parishes in reaching the goal.  Since I am writing this on November 18th for an earlier holiday deadline, I won’t know where we will be in reaching our goal when you read this.  It is my hope every year to reach it by Thanksgiving Day so that we can put it on the back burner for the rest of this year.  Thanks for returning any as-yet unreturned pledge cards by Tuesday of this week (note: we have until May 31st to pay pledges made at this time). Thanks.

Wednesday (the 50th anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency), the Rosary is at 6:30 P.M. at St. James.  The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree gets lit tonight at 7:00 P.M.  Watch it on NBC.

Thursday, thanks for prepping your envelopes for the weekend.

Friday, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Ambrose is from 9:00 A.M. to Benediction at 12:00 Noon just before 12:15 P.M. Mass.

Saturday is the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the first large hydroponicum in Montebello, California!

Next Sunday, Confirmation 1st Year class gets blessed at 9:45 Mass and First Penance rehearsal is at 11:00 A.M. at St. Ambrose.  Thanks, too, for groceries and Buildings & Maintenance offerings!

—Father Schrader