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November 28, 2021

Dear Ladies and Friends of TASTE,
  • As we enter into the season of Advent, we direct our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas. From the earliest days of the Church, people have been fascinated by Jesus’ promise to come back. But the scripture readings during Advent tell us not to waste our time with predictions. Our Advent readings call us to be "alert and ready," not weighted down and distracted by the cares of this world. Like Lent, the liturgical color for Advent is purple since both are seasons that "prepare" us for great feast days. During this Advent season, let us prepare, quiet, and discipline our hearts for the full joy of Christmas.
  • For our meeting prior to the Thanksgiving break, our scheduled speaker was not able to attend, so we viewed a video by Mark Price on "St. Joseph - In His Own Words - The Desert Collection." The video focused on the Holy Family from St. Joseph's perspective. This video seemed appropriate to commemorate the near closure of the Year of St. Joseph and to segue into Advent and our next couple of talks.  If you were not at our last meeting and have about 50 minutes before we meet on Thursday, we encourage you to watch it. In using his artistic license, the writer and actor gives us greater insight into the Holy Family as demonstrated by their tenderness, love, and obedience.  This video reaches a powerful crescendo at the end which brought many of us to tears.  We hope that it can help us prepare during this Advent season by reflecting upon it, especially as we set up our creches this year.

THIS WEEK AT TASTE

SPECIAL REMINDERS

  • PRAYER REQUESTS —  Several of our TASTE sisters need our prayers.  Please pray for:
    • All our TASTE sisters, especially Kate Christianson, Geraldine Broglio (complete healing from hand surgery), and Kay Robinson (Jennifer's D's mom).
    • Our spiritual director, Fr. Larry Swink as well as all of the priests in the Baltimore and Washington Archdioceses, especially those of whom you may have spiritually adopted.
    • Our speakers — especially: 1) Theresa Bonapartis for healing of her back, 2) Susan Conroy for her health, 3) Sr. Mary Michael Fox, for healing of her sister Chris from metastatic cancer, and for the completion of her new book, and 4) Colleen Duggan and her baby, who the doctors are saying has a 90% chance of having Downs syndrome.
    • New prayer requests can be sent to Joy Parker at joyparker73@gmail.com.

CONTINUED REMINDERS

  • USCCB & SUPREME COURT — For a reminder of prayer intentions for the USCCB and Supreme Court, please view this LINK where you will find an update as a result of their conference. 
  • LOGISTICS — For a reminder of any information associated with zoom small group, parking, masks, public health, babysitting, or registration, please view this LINK.
  • DONATIONS — For a reminder of how to donate to TASTE or the Sisters of the Servants of the Lord, please view this LINK.
Blessings,
Joy, Michele, Carolyn, and Karen
Jesus, I trust in You!