As many of you know I was sent out to a parish to help for Christmas. I celebrated all three Christmas Masses at Immaculate Conception Church at Brookfield, MO. Those Masses were celebrated at 5:30 PM and the church was packed for that Mass and many, many children were present. Then we celebrated another Mass at 10:00 PM and the church was again full for that but not as packed as for the 5:30 Mass. Finally we celebrated a Mass on Christmas morning at 9:15 AM and for that there were only about 45-50 people present.
Here at the monastery we had first vespers of Christmas at 5:00 PM, a special Christmas meal at 6:00 PM, Vigils at 7:45 PM and midnight Mass. While I was not here I am told that the church was full for the midnight Mass. We have another Mass on Christmas morning at 11:00 AM.
I wanted to show you some pictures of our decorations so I am including some in this blog.
Top photo the Basilica sanctuary
Bottom photo the crib scene in Basilica
The Health Care Center
Monastery coffee and mail room
This week a couple young men will be entering the monastery as postulants. One more should be arriving in a couple of weeks. Keep these young men in your prayers as they take a serious look at the monastic life.
Yesterday, on New Year's eve, we had a day of recollection and silence for the monastic community. Abbot Gregory gave a conference and we spent the day then in silence and prayer. There was a community Holy Hour from 3:30-4:30 PM. The day of recollection ended with vespers at 5:00 PM
So to all of you who read this I wish you a very blessed and happy New Year. May God continue to bless you and us as we begin the year 2012.
Finally one recent picture of the new guest house so you can see how things are progressing.
Taken December 28, 2011. Note that the windows
are now installed.