Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Some people say that timing is everything. In terms of business opportunities or other ventures, moving forward with something and having it be successful can depend on the particular timing of it. For anyone who bought a house in 2020 or 2021 when interest rates were at a historically low percentage, your timing was near perfect. For anyone who’s in the real estate market now, well, your timing could have been better. In some circumstances, timing is everything.

Believe it or not, choosing the topic of these letters in the bulletin are often influenced by time. Certain weeks, I may not have a lot of time to write the letter, and so I choose a topic that is relatively easy to comment on. Other weeks, I can really delve into a topic because I had awhile to prepare and plan what I intended to write.
But the most common influence of time is when I choose to write about an upcoming event and wanting to highlight it so more people to experience it. That brings me to the true topic of my letter this week.

I want to extend an invitation and make you aware of a great Advent tradition here at St. Charles which is Lessons and Carols. Now, you may be thinking, “Fr. Dan has written about this in the past.” and you’d be right. However, there’s been a change in the day and time of this event and I’m hoping that opens up a chance for you to join us.

In previous years, Lessons and Carols has occurred on a Friday night in Advent. But this year, with how things have worked out, it will be on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM on December 17th. This is significant for two reasons. On the one hand, I want to make sure that those who usually attend Lessons and Carols are aware of
the change and don’t miss out on participating in it. And on the other hand, I know that Friday evening can be a busy time for some and for others, there may be a reluctance to be out on a winter night. I’m hoping that by this move to Sunday afternoon those people who cannot make in its usual timing might consider coming out for it this year.

To summarize what it is, Lessons and Carols is a celebration of Scripture and song, in which the story of the birth of the savior of the world is retold. Going all the way back to Genesis and the Fall of Adam and Eve and culminating in the Word becoming Flesh from the Prologue of the Gospel of John, it powerfully reminds of
God’s loving plan of bringing about redemption for humanity. On a personal level, it’s become a real highlight of the Advent season for me.

And so, I hope the timing is right for you to join us on December 17th for Lessons and Carols.

Peace and Goodness,
Fr. Dan