As a parish community, and as friends of the parish, we gather to celebrate the Feast of our Patron Saint Andrew. We do so as the Church celebrates the First Sunday of Advent. We move into a new Church year. We reflect on the future. We reflect on our future at a moment of uncertainty and insecurity as we face an ongoing pandemic. We reflect on how our faith can strengthen our resolve and focus on the Christian way to shape true human progress.
At this Mass, we welcome online the Members of the Movement Comunione e Liberazione who are holding their annual retreat today. We all join in asking ourselves what the Gospel appeal on this First Sunday of Advent “to be alert and awake” means, as we try to understand the challenges of what living our faith means in our times and the times to come.