Monday, December 15, 2014


For those of you who sometimes do not look at our website pages.

Parish Christmas Party
December 19
30 St Andrews Drive
Bella Vista AR
If lost call (479) 855-0991 or (479) 721-3250

7:00 pm

8:00 am
Confessions are heard 30 min prior to mass.
Appointment Call: (479) 721

Saturday, December 13, 2014


 Gaudete Sunday is the name given to the 3rd Sunday of Advent. The name is taken from the words of the introit, Gaudete in Domino semper, "rejoice in the Lord always."

The Scriptural basis comes from Philippians 4:4,5. Similar to Laetare Sunday during Lent, Gaudete Sunday is a minor "break" from the more penitential nature of the Advent season, and signals a shift from a penitential style of waiting to a more joyful tone.

In the distant past, when organs and flowers were forbidden during the Advent Season, they were permitted during Gaudete Sunday. Because of the more joyful tone of Gaudete Sunday, rose colored (pink) vestments may be used instead of the normal violet ones. Also, the rose colored Advent candle is lit.

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son, Jesus Christ, came to visit us in great humility: that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead; we may rise to the life immortal. Through the same Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

  Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice: let your moderation be known unto all men: the Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing: but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. Ps. Lord, thou art become gracious unto thy land: thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.  Gloria Patri.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who at thy first coming didst send thy messenger to prepare thy way before thee: grant that the ministers and stewards of thy mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready thy way, by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at thy second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in thy sight, Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

Archbishop Thomas Cranmer wrote some of the most poetic and heartfelt collects in his works found in the English Book of Common Prayer. Much of the basis of his writings came from sources of the current time period including the prayers from the Catholic Sarum Rite, along with writings from Hermann von Wied,

Bishop Thomas Cranmer's unique gift of blending theological substance with simple, humble, and moving clarity has made the Collects (prayers) essential not only to the English liturgy but also to the pastoral tradition of the church: these prayers still remain a deep source of inspiration for Christians enmeshed in the everyday trials and testings of life.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Chili Cook Off

Have just returned this evening from attending the City of Centerton Pot Luck dinner, which was held in the community hall of the City Offices.

The man event was a chili cook-off with yours truly as one of the three judges. Entries were judged for three categories: best chili, most unusual chili recipe and the hottest entry. Believe me once finished with our assigned chore of sampling each small cup sample of each entry there was decidedly a Maalox Moment.

Additionally each family brought along a Christmas ornament which was exchanged at random with other families. Most certainly a good time was had by all attending.