Sister Mary Winifred

Sister Mary Winifred

(Site Administrator)
Our Lady of Mercy School - Hicksville

  Personal Message


Faith Formation takes place in three distinct places: the home, the parish, the educational component (school, religious education session, homeschooling). First, parents must be formed themselves in order to provide good solid formation 
in the home. Therefore parent meetings are held in the parish to assist the parents in their responsibility no matter where the child's education takes place. Second, parish activities are needed for all children every year in order to assist them in the development of a strong Catholic identity. These activities are based on and flow from participation in the Sunday Eucharist. Third, these include all parish seasonal events in the parish such as retreats, celebration of Reconciliation, outreach projects, and service projects in the parish. Our Lady of Mercy parish follows the curriculum and educational materials approved by the Diocese of Rockville Centre. 

SecondFirst Sunday of Advent
Luke 3:1-6 

Paul's letter to the Philippians is written from prison, yet Paul is filled with joy for he knows what Jesus has done for him.  Paul reminds us that God works in us for our good.

The Gospel reading begins with Luke setting the stage for God's next action in history.  Luke lists the political and religious leadership, and then he takes us to the desert where John the Baptist is preaching.

These readings have a physical reality to them: the wilderness was a fact of life for biblical people, and God clearly took action to lead, guide, and save them in the wilderness.  His ultimate saving action was sending Jesus.

Jesus does not banish the physical wilderness, but he does come into the spiritual wilderness we may experience.  Perhaps we feel exiled from God.  We might experience hardship and see little fruit despite our labors.  Our paths may seem stuck in dark valleys.  We speak of being "in the desert" when our spiritual lives seem dry.

What God did in history, Jesus wants to do in our hearts.  He wants to take what seems empty or hopeless and fill it with rejoicing.  We are preparing to celebrate his coming into history, and that gives us an opportunity to invite him to come more deeply into our hearts, transforming what is arid or weary into joy.

ASK YOURSELF: ​ Is there some place you feel frustrated, angry, lost, or left out?  What would you like Jesus do to help?

LIVE THE GOSPEL:  Make Advent a time for seeking Jesus.  Bring your activities to Jesus and rest with him during daily prayer.

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