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My Dear Parishioners,

We begin this New Year of our Church with the season of Advent, a time of preparation and a time to make space in our daily lives to spend in prayer, reading scripture, reaching out to the less fortunate, making amends where necessary to bring peace to our relationships and, of course, shopping for our loved ones for gifts that express our love. Yes, shopping is okay, it is part of the upcoming celebration of Christmas, but it is important that we remember it is not the reason for Advent. Advent is a gift to us to prepare ourselves to be able to fully experience the joy of our Lord among us.

I pray that your Advent Season will be a time of growing anticipation for the coming of the Infant Jesus into your lives. I invite each of you to join your Catholic Brothers and Sisters this Christmas in celebration of Him who came as a Gift 2000 years ago - the gift of forgiveness, the gift of thanksgiving, hope and peace that comes through faith.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Joseph A. Pepe, D.D., J.C.D.
Bishop of Las Vegas

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