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Advent is my favorite time of year. Why? (you may ask). It is most special because I get to become like a child, with the coming of the child Jesus...
When I focus on the part about "getting ready" for Christmas; then I'm spared the stress and overload that can enter into our lives (due to what is going on in the media and world around us). What do you choose to do as you prepare for the coming of the Lord? How will you help your family grow in faith with this experience? I choose to silence the TV, phones, computers...even if for a few minutes/hours each day in order to allow God to speak in my heart, fill it with His love, and prepare this place for the coming of His Son...
Please pray for me and my family. Advent blessings, Socorro

"If we love God and our brothers and sisters, we walk in the light; but if our heart is closed, if we are dominated by pride, deceit, self-seeking, then darkness falls within us and around us. Do not be afraid! Our Father is patient, he loves us, he gives us Jesus to guide us on the way which leads to the promised land. Jesus is the light who brightens the darkness. He is our peace." - Pope Francis

"Mankind is a great, an immense family... This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas." – Saint Pope John XXIII
Light a "candle" in your hearts this season; that you will be a "light" to your families.

Serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
(1 Peter 4:10)
Honoring the Child in Each Other and Family Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please give me the courage to live fully in this moment; so I can be a vessel for You to freely flow through.
Let me face the fear of the unknown. Let me face the fear of being wrong.
Let me face the fear of looking weird, different, unique, odd.
Let me face the fear of being myself.
Please give me strength to surrender to You, and be the vessel in which Love is expressed.
Let me have the courage to live life joyfully.
No longer placing myself in boxes, prisons, and categories, but living as the free spirit that I am and that You created me to be.
No longer ignoring the voice of my heart...where you reside.
Please allow me to express myself charitably in everything I do.
To paint life with my unique colors, my unique expression of You.
To no longer veil the passion, Love, and Light that I am.
To no longer try to fit in, but to simply be.
Let me let go of needing to be right all the time.
Please fill my heart with Your Love. And it is enough for me.
Let me have fun and be free as the child in this moment.
To not be attached to the result. To simply enjoy the process of living every moment in Your grace.
To let go of fear, guilt, control, and perfectionism. To realize that the goal is actually in the journey.
Let me laugh and play and unleash the innocent, joyful, fun child in me.
Let me nurture my inner child. That I may be pure and innocent like the lamb.
Let me see life through my child's eyes where everything is beautiful, wonderful and amazing.
Let me give myself permission to be myself, no matter what.
Allow me to step out of the way and listen to Your words of encouragement.
To be able to listen for Your guidance.
To allow you to work wonders and miracles through me.
Through the vessel I have humbly opened for You with gratitude.
Please allow me to use my gifts and talents for the good.
And remind me that Life is truly a Gift from You, the Creator and Father of all.
I ask all this through Your Son Jesus. Amen.
 A Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Mystical Rose,
make intercession for holy Church,
protect the sovereign Pontiff,
help all those who invoke you in their necessities,
and since you are the ever Virgin Mary
and Mother of the true God,
obtain for us from your most holy Son
the grace of keeping our faith,
of sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life
of burning charity, and the precious gift
of final perseverance.
God’s Word to couples on:
+ Gifts
- Serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. (1 Peter 4:10)
- Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights. (James 1:17)
+ Wisdom
- With God are wisdom and strength; he has counsel and understanding. (Job 12:13)
- The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever. (Psalm 111:10)
+ Guidance
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- The Lord will guide you continually, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
+ Strength
-  I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
-  Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14)
+ Trust
-   Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. (Psalm 143:3)
-  Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:2)
+ Help
- God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. ( Psalm 121:1-2)
+ Work
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:3)
- Whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. (Galatians 6:10)
It is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)
Joy Filled Marriage Weekends for the Engaged
 We are excited to announce the 2015 schedule for this new marriage preparation program in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. The first weekend will be January 24th & 25th, 2015. To register for this or any other weekend, please visit our website here: contact Socorro at: or via phone at: 269-903-0199

CALLING ALL STUDENTS in grades 4th to 12th!!!

     The Diocese of Kalamazoo in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus, invite students grades 4th—12th to submit original art, prose, poetry, musical compositions and videos; all reflecting the theme “The Family Fully Alive”. "La Familia Llena de Vida" (Spanish). 
     Tell us your stories of family faith in ART, WRITING, MUSIC or VIDEO...This is your chance to win one of several "Educational Scholarships" donated by the Knights of Columbus.
     NOTE: we hope to hear from the youth in our communities...How is your family "fully alive" in the faith? or how do you wish your family to become "fully alive"?

For complete contest rules call Socorro at 269-903-0199 or
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