Advent

Enjoy Advent!

Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “coming.” Jesus is coming! Preparation for Christmas is an important theme for Advent, but more is involved. Advent gives us a vision of our lives as Christians. In these few short weeks we take in the sweeping panorama of time – from Christ’s birth to his Second Coming. The season of Advent brings us the magnificent vision of life and hope for the future given to us by Christ.

Advent is our time to become more involved, more caught up in the meaning and the possibilities of life as a Christian community. Thus we are preparing not only for Christmas but also for Christ’s Second Coming. This means that when he comes again, we will be awake and watchful. He will not find us asleep.

Worship and Formation Opportunties

What a beautiful way to start the Advent Season! All Women of the parish are invited to a special Advent Mass to help put hearts and minds in the right place during this busy season. This liturgy will be held on Monday, December 2nd at 6:30 PM in the Main Church. Hospitality and fellowship will follow Mass.

Advent is more than simply waiting for Christmas. As God’s people we await the fulfillment of the Father’s promises. Come reflect upon what it means to live life in the Kingdom of God here and now as we await its fulfillment. Prepare your heart for Christmas and allow the power of God’s Kingdom to take root in your life! Click for printable flyer.

Join the St. Mary Community as we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This year since the Feast falls on a Sunday, it will be celebrated on December 9th at 8AM and is therefore not a Holy Day of Obligation this year.

St. Mary will be offering an Advent Reconciliation service on Thursday, December 19th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm and extended hours on Saturday, December 21 from 3:00-4:45pm.

Join our Filipino community in celebrating the annual event of Simbang Gabi. St. Mary of the Annunciation will host the Simbang Gabi Mass on Sunday, December 22nd starting at 3:00 PM in the Main Church. Fellowship and hospitality follow the Mass.

Celebrate Christmas Mass at St. Mary. The 3:00 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve will offer music by our Contemporary Choir. 10:30 p.m. Mass will offer caroling prior to Mass and traditional music with the Parish Choir. 8:00 a.m. Mass on Christmas Day is incense-free. 11:00 AM Mass – Brass Quintet

Community Events

Our giving tree sponsor gifts for families at our Sharing Parish, Most Blessed Trinity in Waukegan. Parishioners my select an individual or family beginning the weekend of November 9-10. Gifts are due back to the parish by December 2nd and will be delivered by our Confirmation candidates on Sunday, December 9th.

COOKIES WITH SANTA for children and their families Saturday, December 21st from 1-3 PM in the narthex, Enjoy cookies, take pictures with Santa and participate in a craft. The event is a FREE, but a donation of new or gently used books for Bernie’s Book Bank are requested.

All High School teens are invited to the Youth Ministry Christmas Party that will be held on Sunday, December 22nd at 6 PM over in Gabriel House. There will be pizza, games and cookie decorating! We hope you can join us!

Advent Resources

Use the links below for resources to enrich your season of Advent.

Sacred Advent Prayer Break

Each day of Sacred Advent from Loyola Press invites you to slow down for a moment of reflection inspired by the rich Scripture and traditions of Advent. The series features the words of Amy Welborn, the Irish Jesuits, and more. The messages also include suggestions for further exploration of Advent themes through additional online articles and prayers.

Advent in 2 Minutes

What is Advent all about? How is Advent different than Christmas? In a BRAND NEW version of our classic video, Busted Halo explains the significance of this special season in the Church and why the experience of waiting, hope, and preparation is still so important in our lives today. Advent in 2 Minutes.

Christmas Tree Blessing

The origins of the modern Christmas tree are found in medieval mystery plays that depicted the tree of paradise and the Christmas light or candle that symbolized Christ, the Light of the world. Share a family blessing when lighting your tree this year.  Christmas Tree Blessing.

Inspiration from Loyola Press

Find articles to inspire you as you live the Advent season, from authors including Tom McGrath, Joan Wester Anderson, Jim Campbell, and Jane Knuth. Browse the articles offered by Loyola Press for a different inspiration each day.  Visit Loyola Press.

Enrich Your Advent Season

Advent is a time for us to put our hearts and minds where it really matters most. Click here  an article on Busted Halo for six simple ways to enrich your season of Advent.

Best Advent Ever Daily Reflections

Rediscover the joy of Christmas with BEST ADVENT EVER, a free email program that will help you slow down and focus on what matters most during the busy holiday season. Sign up by clicking on the image above to receive short inspirational emails each day of Advent.

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