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DECEMBER 8, 2019








Academic Year Liturgy Schedule

Coming Up


December 9 | Penance Service December 16–20 | Finals Week December 21–January 10 | Christmas Break

Saturday | 4pm


Sunday | 9:30am 11:30am 9pm

Worship Hall pasquerilla

Weekday Monday–Thursday 8:55am Morning Prayer & 9:15am Mass | Holy Family Chapel paterno 5:05pm Mass | Eisenhower Chapel pasquerilla Friday 9:15am Mass [All-day Adoration follows] 5:05pm Mass or Service | Meditation Chapel pasquerilla

Confessions Wednesday–Thursday 4–5pm Meditation Chapel pasquerilla (or by appointment)

Special Masses

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phone 814.865.4281 fax 814.865.2972 main office 205C Pasquerilla Spiritual Center The mission of the Catholic Campus Ministry at Penn State is to give witness to a Catholic Presence in University Life and to promote and sustain the well being of the whole Catholic Person. We welcome students, faculty, staff, resident community members, and alumni. Grounded in the tradition of the Church, Catholic Campus Ministry provides an environment and fellowship that challenge members to encounter the Living Christ and be transformed by His Spirit. Liturgies, retreats, service projects, Bible studies, prayer groups, programs for Catholic critical thinkers, and other activities nurture our faith and open our hearts to hear God’s message for us today.

Spanish Dec. 8 | 1pm Holy Family Chapel paterno

Korean Saturdays | 4pm (bi-weekly) Eisenhower Chapel pasquerilla

Byzantine Dec. 15 | 3pm Eisenhower Chapel pasquerilla Schedules subject to change, contact the office for details

Staff Fr. Matthew Laffey osb Fr. David Griffi n osb campus minister Deacon Laszlo Ivanits director of music & liturgy Phillip Torbert office manager Irene Wells director

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Second Sunday of Advent

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Have you ever known a moment when, just for a brief instant, you felt that all was right with the world? It is just such a moment, stretched into eternity, that the writer of Isaiah describes in today’s first reading: the perfection of everything, centered in God’s spirit, where knowledge, justice, and awe in God’s presence reign. In such a paradise, everyone sees eye to eye and thinks in harmony with each other, as Saint Paul describes in his letter to the Romans. Even animals with a natural animosity toward one another coexist peacefully. John the Baptist understood that such harmonious relationships do not simply happen. They are the fruit of living in right relationship with God and others.

Are you simply curious about our faith? Do you know someone who is interested in Catholicism? Do you want to increase your knowledge of Catholicism?

Eden, Revisited Remember Eden? God created humans and all creatures in love, for love. The failure of humanity recorded in the book of Genesis is that from the beginning people have tended to desire, not to be like God, but to be gods. Instead of seeing the fingerprint of our creator in others, we tend to see them as competition. Where there is abundance, we see scarcity. We seek the things of this world rather than seeking and finding God’s life and goodness in our midst. The writer of Isaiah paints a far better picture, which Christians have seen as a foretelling of the Christ, the Anointed One of God, Jesus.

The Kingdom of Heaven Is At Hand Knowing Jesus as the One for whom the people of God have longed helps us to understand John the Baptist’s strong words to the Pharisees and Sadducees in today’s Gospel passage. They had the responsibility to lead the people toward right relationship with God and others, and instead had failed to produce the fruits of faithful living themselves. John did not prevent them from approaching him for the baptism of repentance, but asked them to turn their lives more faithfully to God and live accordingly. John understood himself as the forerunner of the One for whom the people had been waiting—the one upon whom the spirit of the Lord rests, the spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel and strength, knowledge and fear of the Lord.

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2019 Confirmation Class If you are a Penn State student and not confirmed, join this year's Confirmation class! Confirmation is the sacrament whereby the Holy Spirit fills us with the gifts we need to be people of strong faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that Confirmation roots us more deeply in our identity as God’s children, unites us more firmly with Christ, increases in us the gifts of the Holy Spirit, binds us more closely to the Church, and gives us special strength to bear witness to our faith (#1303). Why pass up the opportunity to come to a fuller experience of God’s love and grace? It is the completion of our Baptism. The process is simple and we will schedule the time of the meetings around the schedules of all the interested parties. more info Fr. Matthew

Justice is the insurance we have on our lives, and obedience is the premium we pay for it. William Penn, English Quaker

St. Juan Diego (1474–1548)

Nothing is impossible for God and his Blessed Mother.

December 9 — How well Mary’s own words describe Juan Diego: “God has cast down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up the lowly” (Luke 1:52). Through him, for the diverse peoples of the Americas, indigenous and immigrant, the Mother of God became known as their Mother, too. Cuauhtlatzin, his given name, means “One Who Speaks Like an Eagle,” and Juan Diego faithfully delivered the Virgin’s request that a church be built at Tepeyac where she had appeared to him. To the skeptical bishop’s request for a sign, Our Lady showed Juan Diego roses blooming through stony ground, despite winter’s cold. When he unfolded his tilma to present them to the bishop, imprinted there was Mary’s image! Her blue sash and the flower over her womb were traditional Aztec symbols of pregnancy and new life. But her features were those of a mestiza, indicating mixed AztecEuropean heritage. Thus to peoples too easily prone to a “clash of cultures,” Our Lady of Guadalupe remains the enduring icon of unity-in-diversity, the fruit of our one baptism into Jesus, her Son.

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In Advent, we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of the Lord. Not that Jesus has not already come, or that the Lord is not already in our midst; rather, we take this season to appreciate in a new and fuller way that God’s coming as a child in Bethlehem and Christ’s promised return are about the establishment of the kingdom of God—already in our midst and yet not known in its fullness until the Lord returns in glory.

Today’s Readings Is 11:1–10; Ps 72:1–2, 7–8, 12–13, 17; Rom 15:4–9; Mt 3:1–12

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Poinsettias Wanted!

Help us enliven our Christmas Eve Liturgy by donating a poinsettia (yours to take after the Mass). You may bring the plants to Mass next weekend or drop them off at the office during Finals Week.

The Long-Awaited One As the Sundays of Advent unfold the scriptures shift focus from the final coming of the Lord to his historical birth. Today’s scriptures blend the two. Isaiah’s disillusionment with the kings of his own day led him to envision an ideal king who would rule with divine approval and be led by divine wisdom. For centuries the Jewish people anticipated the arrival of that Messiah, who would usher in a blessed age when the whole world would finally dwell in justice and peace. After centuries of such growing expectation, the preaching of John the Baptist about the imminent arrival of the Messiah could not help but provoke intense interest. The Baptist’s message about preparation for “the one who is coming” (Matthew 3:11) makes clear that Jesus is, in fact, the long-awaited one who is ushering in the new age foretold by Isaiah and all the prophets.

Gifts of the Spirit Part of Isaiah’s hopeful description of the Messiah contains the traditional seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Messiah, and looking forward to his coming in glory, let us take a look at those gifts and see how we can use them. Wisdom is the gift of seeing God in creation. It means that we value the things of this world only as they help us to know and love God more. The second gift, understanding, follows from wisdom. We understand what God expects of us in dealing with creation and other people. This gift helps us know how to act in a world that seems to ignore God. Counsel follows from understanding as the gift of making correct judgments on how to act. For example, understanding can lead us to love others; counsel guides us to love them in appropriate ways.

Upcoming Liturgy Schedule penance service Dec. 9 | 7pm third sunday of advent Dec. 14–15 | Regular Academic Mass Schedule finals week Dec. 16–20 fourth sunday of advent (fall commencement) Dec. 21 | 4pm Dec. 22 | 10:30am christmas break Dec. 21 – Jan. 10 | No Daily Masses or Confessions christmas vigil Dec. 24 | 7pm (Carol Sing at 6:30pm) christmas Building Closed


Second Week advent

mon Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary* Gn 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98:1-4; Eph 1:3-6, 11-12; Lk 1:26-38 tues [International Human Rights Day] Is 40:1-11; Ps 96:1-3, 10ac, 11-13; Mt 18:12-14 wed St. Damasus I Is 40:25-31; Ps 103:1-4, 8, 10; Mt 11:28-30 thu Our Lady of Guadalupe Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab; Jdt 13:18bcde, 19; Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47 fri St. Lucy Is 48:17-19; Ps 1:1-4, 6; Mt 11:16-19 sat St. John of the Cross Sir 48:1-4, 9-11; Ps 80:2ac, 3b, 15-16, 18-19; Mt 17:9a, 10-13 *The solemnity is transferred because of the Second Sunday of Advent; the obligation to attend Mass does not transfer.

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Strength (fortitude) is the gift that enables us to do those things inspired by understanding and counsel, even if they are difficult. John the Baptist displays that gift in the Gospel. Fortitude gave him the courage to die for his faith. Knowledge is similar to counsel in that we begin to see what God wants for us in this world. Knowledge leads us to deeper revelations of the truths of our faith. This can lead to the sixth gift, piety, a willingness to worship and love God, a desire to be close to God in prayer.

Bread of Life Tuesdays at 5:45pm meditation chapel SNAC Dec. 7 at 7pm eisenhower chapel

The final gift, fear of the Lord, is the awe and wonder of recognizing how great God is, how much God loves us, and how much we want to stay close to God. And the desire to be close to God circles back to the wisdom with which we see God in creation. tom schmidt

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Bulletin for 8 December 2019 (Second Sunday / Advent)  

Bulletin for 8 December 2019 (Second Sunday / Advent)