THIS SUNDAY IS THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT: This Sunday we begin the start of the church’s liturgical year with the season of Advent. Advent comes from the Latin word “advenire” which means “to come to.” It is a season of preparation for two things: the second coming of Jesus at the end of time and the celebration of Jesus’ first coming at Christmas (especially during the final days of Advent from December 17-24).
While, in general, American culture jumps right to Christmas immediately after Thanksgiving, don’t miss out on the importance of celebrating Advent. Christmas takes on so much more meaning when we prepare ourselves spiritually.
Like the season of Lent, before Easter, Advent is a great time to take on a spiritual discipline to prepare yourself. Try reading the Mass readings for each day or pray the rosary or come to daily Mass if you can. Don’t look at it as work, but as a chance to welcome Jesus into your heart in a deeper way, so that you can celebrate Christmas more fully.
“LITTLE BLUE ADVENT BOOKS”: Please remember to pick up your “little blue book” for the Advent season located at all of the entrance/exit doors of the churches, and try really hard to read it every day.
THE OPLATKI HAVE ARRIVED! For those in our parishes who celebrate this wonderful tradition (and for those of you who would like to start), there are still some oplatki left in the parish office. The tradition is written on the package.
OUR CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS EVE CHOIR: We will once again have our Children’s Christmas Eve Choir singing at the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass. This is open to all children in grades 1 through 8. Practices will be held on this Monday, Dec. 2, and again on Tuesday, Dec. 9, and Monday, Dec. 16, from 6:00pm to 6:30pm, in Blessed Sacrament Church. Parents, please encourage your children to participate in this special choir as they sing the praises of the newborn King.
POINSETTIA MEMORIALS: The gold insert to order your poinsettia memorial(s) is in today’s bulletin. You may make copies if additional orders are needed. They are due to the office NO LATER than Wednesday, Dec. 18. (Printed weekend of Dec.21 / 22).
A little prayer for the beginning of Advent:
God of Ages and Lord of the Now, we come to this season of Advent, which is both final and first. We bring hearts full of those who have touched our lives. We carry the memories of holidays past, loved ones absent, and dreams yet unfulfilled Giver of every good gift, give us peace in our homes and in our world. Amen.