Celebrating the Season!
Three evenings to center our hearts
on the coming of Christ.
Pause amid the flurry of Christmas preparations to nurture the Advent spirit of hope and anticipation. These three 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.
Join us at St. Mary of Gostyn for an opportunity to engage, reflect, and meditate on this period of expectation, waiting, and preparation for the birth of Christ.
Each of the three Tuesday evenings will focus on centering our hearts on minds on the meaning of Christmas.
Tuesday, December 3rd 7:00 PM in the Church
Rejoice! Mediations with Joseph along the Way of the Cross
First Week of Advent
Join us in Church for a video meditation on Mary and Joseph, followed by Advent Station of the Cross. This prayerful evening will invite you to experience the first Advent with Joseph and Mary, as they await the birth of their son, the Savior of the world.
Tuesday, December 10th 7:00 PM in the Church
The Festival of Lessons & Carols
Second Week of Advent
The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. We will listen to Scripture lessons which recount the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol that reflects on the lesson's message and a brief prayer.
Tuesday, December 17th 7:00 PM in the Church
Third Week of Advent
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. If you cannot make this Reconciliation Service, the Sacrament is offered each Saturday at 3:30 pm prior to Mass.
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 so that we can 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?