Resources for Reflection and Prayer
The weeks leading up to Christmas we often find ourselves caught up in the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday and all the festivities that go along with it. As cliché as it may sound, we can easily forget what our focus should be those four weeks prior to us celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The church sets aside for us four weeks, essentially four Sundays, to help us calm, re-center, and focus our hearts and minds on the upcoming celebration that is to take place on December 25th. That time is Advent. Advent marks two things – the beginning of a new church year and the preparation of the birth of Christ! How fitting is it that we start our preparation of His birth with the start of a new year? A fresh start, a renewed desire to grow closer to God, and a joyful expectation of Christ entering into our hearts today, tomorrow and every day.
To help our parish family this Advent season, we have researched the following free online resources to help you during this Season of Hope! We hope that you will be able to use these resources for you and your family as you grow to a deeper relationship in your faith.
Advent in 2 Minutes
Take a look at this catch video prepared by Busted Halo to give you a glimpse into the meaning of Advent: https://bustedhalo.com/video/watch-advent-two-minutes
Busted Halo has prepared a daily Advent Reflection Calendar. Each day you will get a new scripture verse, message and challenge. Find the calendar at: advent.bustedhalo.com
FORMED has numerous daily reflections, video series and much more to guide you this Advent Season. Visit www.formed.org to sign up for free!
Matthew Kelly and Dynamic Catholic bring you the “Best Advent Ever” with their daily videos. All it takes is an email address and you will receive short video reflections each day that make you slow down, think and pray. Sign up at: https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-advent-ever
Weekly Gospel Reflection
The Catholic Apostolate Center has provided a weekly reflection for the 4 Gospel readings that we will hear each week of Advent. The reflections can be found here: https://www.catholicapostolatecenter.org/uploads/9/2/4/6/9246931/advent-reflection-guide-2019.pdf
USCCB Daily Reflections
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has also created an Advent Calendar for daily reflections. You can also find other guides, meditations and prayers on their Advent website: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/advent/index.cfm
Arts in Faith
Do you like art and ever wonder how it can go with Scripture? Loyola Press has developed an “Arts in Faith” series where you can watch a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of hope and preparation through the lens of sacred art: https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/advent/arts-and-faith-advent
A Franciscan Advent
The Franciscans have shared their own daily reflections that include scripture, a message and a challenge each day. Their Advent guide can be found here: https://info.franciscanmedia.org/a-franciscan-advent
Traditional Advent Reflection Booklets can be purchased in the Religious Articles Store after Sunday Masses.
One Night Advent Mission
Thursday, December 12, 2019
6:30-8:30 PM in the St. Francis Room
Guest speaker Andi Oney is from the New Orleans, Louisiana area. She is an international Catholic evangelist and author, who is known for her anointed teaching. She will present on "The Visitation of New Life." Andi examines Mary's visitation to Elizabeth, how that encounter shows forth the charisms of Mary and Elizabeth, and how those charisms are to be lived by us today. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Nursery available upon request. Call 261-4644 to RSVP.
1st Annual Christmas Sing-Along: Jingle Bell Rock
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
6:30-8:00 PM in the Family Center
Join us for a fun night singing along to a variety of Christmas carols! There will also be an ugly Christmas sweater contest, so come ready to dazzle the judges. All are welcome to bring festive cookies to share, while we sip on hot chocolate. Come rock around the tree with us!
Christmas Mass Schedule
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
3:00 PM - Chancel Choir Concert
4:00 PM - Vigil Mass
5:30 PM - Bell Choir Concert
6:00 PM - Vigil Mass - Children's Choir singing
8:00 PM - Vigil Mass
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
8:00 AM - Christmas Mass
10:00 AM - Christmas Mass