Parish Mission

The Parish Mission provides an opportunity to reflect on one’s life in Christ and celebrate the Catholic faith.

On Thursday, December 12, 2019, St. Alphonsus hosted a one-night Advent Mission with guest speaker Andi Oney.



2018 Parish Advent Mission

For those who were unable to experience prayer, fellowship and time of reflection with Mike Patin in December 2018, he has left us with notes from all three nights of the Advent Mission.

Night One: Waiting on the Lord

-Wait for the Lord, take courage; be stouthearted, wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14)

-Be still before the Lord; wait for him. (Psalm 37:7)

-I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and I hope for his word. My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels for daybreak. (Psalm 130:5-6)

-But as for me, I will look to the Lord, I will wait for God my savior; my God will hear me! (Micah 7:7)

-For the vision is a witness for the appointed time, a testimony to the end; it will not disappoint. If it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late. (Habakkuk 2:3)

-I will trust in the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob; yes, I will wait for him. (Isaiah 8:17)

-Do not say, "I will repay evil!" Wait for the Lord, who will help you. (Proverbs 20:22)

-Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. (Luke 12:36-37)

-In these lay a great multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, or paralyzed, waiting for the movement of water. (John 5:3)

-While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for "the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak..." (Acts 1:4)

-But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait with endurance. (Romans 8:25)

-For through the Spirit, by faith, we await the hope of righteousness. (Galatians 5:5)

-Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand. (James 5:7-8)

Night Two: Joy

-You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever. (Ps. 16:11)

-You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:10-11)

-The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. (Psalm 19:7-9)

-The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. (Psalm 28:6-8)

-Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God. (Psalm 43:3-5)

-The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. (Psalm 126: 2-4)

-And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior..." (Luke 1:46-47)

-I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. (John 15:11)

-There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love You for your own sake, whose joy You Yourself are. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to You, of You, for You; this is it and there is no other. (St. Augustine)

-Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

-Joy is the echo of God's life in us. (Blessed Columba Marmion, OSB)

-One filled with joy preaches without preaching. (Blessed Mother Teresa)

-I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy. (C.S. Lewis)

-Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness. (Leo Tolstoy)

Night Three: Hope

-but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:30-31)

-For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiuah 29:10-12)

-Not only so, but we also regoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perserverance; perserverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Romans 5:3ff)

-Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:23-25)

-Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:12)

-I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:17-19)

-Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts spinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. (Hebrews 10:22-24)

-But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. (1 Peter 3:14-16) 


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