Celebrating the Season!
Tuesdays: 12/1, 12/15, 12/22 7:00pm
Monday, 12/14 6:00pm Vigil Mass,
Tuesday, 12/15 Mass Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Come! These Tuesday evenings in Advent
will center our hearts on the coming of Christ.
Christmas preparations this year may look different, but we can still nurture the Advent spirit of hope and anticipation. These separate evenings of prayerful preparation create space for reflection, expectation and divine interruption.
During the weeks of Advent, we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth through prayer and reflection. We contemplate the First Coming of Jesus as Savior and anticipate his promised Second Coming. During these activities of Christmas preparations, we look for practical ways to observe the holiness of the season in our everyday lives. Each Tuesday evenings will focus on centering our hearts on minds on the meaning of Christmas.
Join us in Church for an opportunity to engage, reflect, and meditate on this period of expectation, waiting, and preparation for the birth of Christ. The Church set up will facilitate social distancing. Properly wearing a mask and advance registration for each evening is required.
First Week of Advent
Tuesday, December 1st 7:00 PM in the Church
Rejoice! Mediations with the Holy Family
Begin your Advent journey with a meditative prayer-filled evening with the Holy Family. We’ll begin with a reflection centered on ‘Asking God for Help’, recognizing that, as the Psalmist declares, our help comes from the Lord, “The LORD will guard your coming and going both now and forever.” (Psalm 121:8). Learn to lean into God’s help as we prepare and wait for Christ’s coming. Meditation is followed by a Consecration to the Holy Family by the Knights of Columbus. Afterwards, there is an opportunity for individual confession.
Second Week of Advent
Monday, December 7th Vigil Mass 6:00PM in the Church
Tuesday, December 8th 9:00 AM in the Church
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Third Week of Advent
Tuesday, December 15th 7:00 PM in the Church
The “O Antiphons” of Advent
The Church has been singing the "O" Antiphon since at least the eighth century. Come! This magnificent tradition draws on biblical imagery reflecting messianic hopes of the Old Testament, proclaiming the coming of Christ as a fulfillment of all hope, including our present day hopes as well. Come! Followed by opportunity for individual confessions.
Fourth Week of Advent
Tuesday, December 22nd 7:00 PM in the Church
Parish Advent Reconciliation Service
Parish Advent Reconciliation Service is meant to make us ready in mind and heart for the coming of Christ, which we will celebrate in the Mass of Christmas.
Note about Reconciliation during Advent: Jesus' call to conversion and penance is a conversion of the heart, an interior conversion. The interior penance of the Christian can be expressed in many and various ways. Sin is before all else an offense against God, a rupture of communion with him. At the same time, it damages communion with the Church. For this reason, conversion entails both God's forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. (CCC 1430, 1434, 1440) The Tuesday 12/1 and 12/15 programs will be followed by an opportunity for individual confessions with Father Jim or Father Keith. The intention is to allow all who would like to go to individual confessions during Advent the opportunity to do so during these two evenings. The Tuesday 12/22 program will be a Parish Reconciliation Service.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing requirements, registration is required for all these Advent programs.
Advent. A Time To Prepare.
Let us Walk in the Light of the Lord.
Dear Jesus, Be with us in this busy time of Advent. Help us to slow down, to focus on what’s really important. Help us hear your voice. Be with our families, bring your peace, your hope, your harmony. Lord, let this be an Advent that is centered on you, and, as we seek you, we will be your Light to others. Amen.
Hope. Love. Joy. Peace.
Think About It.
- When I wake up on Christmas morning, how will I be different?
- How do I hope the meditations and practices of the season will shape me?
- How can I prepare myself, my home, and my family for the arrival of Jesus in a way that nurtures a spirit of anticipation and hope?
- Have I left enough space in the busy holiday season to pay attention, to listen, to wait, and to be surprised?
- What practical steps can I take to both guard those quiet moments and also embrace divine interruptions?
- Take time to observe and enter into the holiness of the Advent season. These separate evenings at St. Mary’s engage, reflect and meditate on this period of expectation, waiting and excitement for the birth of Christ.