ADVENT

A Season of Preparation

As faithful we reflect back and think about the Lord's first coming into this world.  A time of the mystery of the incarnation when our Lord humbled Himself, became Man and experienced our time and space to free us from sin.  It is also a season to reflect on what we profess in the Creed that our Lord will come again to judge the living and the dead and that we must be ready to meet Him upon His second coming.

Advent is celebrated for four weeks; four Sundays prior to Christmastime.  Each week we listen with an open heart to scripture reminding us of the preparation and anticipation of the coming of the Messiah.  It is a season of hope, faith, joy and peace.  There are many ways to celebrate this season which begins on Sunday, December 1, 2019.  We will share here some of the traditions and prayers on a weekly basis; visit throughout the season for updates!  

ADVENT WREATH -- The wreath is a circle which has no beginning or end and usually made with evergreens.  It symbolizes Christ's coming to give us new life through His Passion, Death and Resurrection.  The wreath has four candles, one for each week of the season, representing HOPE, PEACE, JOY and LOVE.   Three candles are purple symbolizing prayer, penance, preparation (sacrifice) and one  pink candle symbolizes the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, when we rejoice because our preparation is half-way finished.

The light of the candle represents Christ, who entered this world of darkness and by His life showed us the way of good.  The brightening of light with each additional candle lighted demonstrates our increasing readiness for the coming of Our Lord.  Lighting the candles and praying together as part of our faith community and within our family helps us focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Check our weekly bulletin for Advent Wreath Prayers.

ADVENT REFLECTIONS & MOVIES USING FORMED.org - Throughout the Season of Advent receive daily reflections or watch special videos for BOTH children and adults using your cell phone and/or computer.  Check out this free gift from our parish to you and your family!  Read More

ADVENT FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS -- CHILDREN'S PAGEANT - A special performance by our Adult Choir with scripture and song AND the Children's Pageant as they tell us the story of Jesus!

BLESSING YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE - Another tradition is after decorating your tree saying a simple prayer and blessing as it depicts the joy of family.  There are many blessings and visit usccb.org for another more formal blessing of your Christmas Tree.

Dear God, two thousand years ago, you brought your son, Jesus into this world to teach us the power of love and sacrifice. As we raise this tree, we remember his birth and the meaning of his life for us. Bless this tree as a symbol of our celebration of Jesus' birth and our gratitude for his sacrifice. May the joy this tree brings and the gifts we place under it remind us of the many gifts you have given us. We ask your blessings upon our loved ones, this day and always. Amen.

 

 

   ADVENT

CONFESSIONS HEARD:
Saturday, Dec. 8,15  3:30PM to 4:30PM
Saturday, Dec. 21   2:30PM to 4:30PM
Monday, Dec. 23  7:30PM to 9:00PM