Prepare the Way of the Lord!

Advent begins Sunday December 3rd. Why is Advent Important?

Preparation for Christmas is an important theme for Advent, but more is involved. The vision of life that Advent gives us is twofold; it looks back to the first coming of Christ at Bethlehem, and it looks to the future when Christ will come again. In the interval between these two events we find meaning for our life as a Christian. Christ formed the Church around the concept of a people held together by love. In that community we discover unlimited possibilities and meaning. Alone we can do nothing. Together we find real meaning. Click here to read the full article on Catholic.org


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Advent Dates at St. Mary

Advent Mass for Women - Monday, December 4th at 6:30 p.m.

A special Mass to help women put their hearts and minds in the right place this busy Advent season

Reconciliation Service - Tuesday December 19th at 7:00 p.m.

Communal Reconciliation with individual confessions. 

Solemnity of the Immaculate ConceptionFriday, December 8th

Masses at 6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Simbang Gabi Mass at St. Mary - Friday December 15th at 7:00 p.m.

One of the novena Masses celebrated in preparation for Christmas. Organized by the Filipino community of Lake County. All are welcome!


Advent Resources and Activities

Below are links to activities to enrich the season of Advent

  • Advent Ideas from Loyola Press

    Use the link below to check out Advent ideas from Loyola Press. Find prayers, reflections, history and activities all to enrich the season of Advent. 

    Click here to visit Loyola Press website.

  • Best advent ever with dynamic catholic

    Sign up for free daily reflections to help you slow down and focus on what matters most during this busy season. Starting December 3, the first Sunday of Advent, you'll receive daily emails with short inspirational videos from Matthew Kelly and Dr. Allen Hunt, practical tips to incorporate into your everyday life. You'll have a once-in-a-lifetime experience of Christmas because you've prepared for it in a unique way. Click here to sign up!

  • The Advent revolution

    by bishop robert barron

    Bishop Robert Barron and Word on Fire put out a series of videos on subjects on modern day culture. Click here to watch this video about the meaning of Advent.

  • A Glorious LIght is Coming:

    Daily reflections, practices and prayers

    A wonderful book of reflection to use on the journey through the season of Advent. This booklet and other Advent materials are available in the wooden kiosk in the parish narthex.