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Advent 2023: 'Prepare the Way of the Lord'

Posted on November 24, 2023 in: Liturgical Event

Advent 2023: 'Prepare the Way of the Lord'

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas. From the earliest days of the Church, people have been fascinated by Jesus’ promise to come back. But the scripture readings during Advent tell us not to waste our time with predictions. Advent is not about speculation. Our Advent readings call us to be alert and ready, not weighted down and distracted by the cares of this world (Lk 21:34-36). Like Lent, the liturgical color for Advent is purple since both are seasons that prepare us for great feast days. Advent also includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting, and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas.

Advent begins Sunday, Dec. 3. Please join us through Dec. 25, as we prepare for Christmas.

Friday, December 8: Holy Day of Obligation: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
                                 December 7, 5:30pm
                                 December 8: 6:30am, 8am, and 7pm

Sunday, December 10: Christmas Choral Concert, 3pm in the Chapel

Wednesday, December 13: Knights of Columbus Christmas Pageant, 6:30-7:15pm in the Church

Friday, December 15 & Saturday, December 16: Reconciliation Weekend confessions heard in the Chapel                                                                                      Friday, 6-9pm
                                                                              Saturday, 9am-3:30pm

Tuesday, December 19: Assumption School Christmas Program 6:30pm in the Church

Christmas Masses: 
                                 Sunday, December 24: Christmas Vigil 4pm, 4:30pm (Chapel), 6pm, and 10pm
                                 Monday, December 25: Christmas Day 8am, 10am, and Noon

Monday, January 1: Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God 9am (no 6:30am or 8am services)

Monday, January 8: Epiphany Concert 7-9pm in the Church