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. This reflective season 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.

Scroll below for many resources to make the most of this season of reflection.

Worship and Formation Opportunities

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, November 30th at 6:30 PM in the Main Church. Due to current health concerns we will not host the hospitality this year after Mass. Registration is required.

Jumpstart your Advent and prepare your heart for Christmas with a free day of reflection with five amazing Catholic speakers including Scott Hahn, Chris Stefanick and John Bergsma. Virtual retreat takes place on Saturday, December 5th at 8:00 a.m. CST. Registration is required to receive the link to the retreat. Register here.

Join the St. Mary Community as we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Tuesday, December 8th.  Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m in the Main Church and also live stream. Due to health concerns this year it is not a holy day of obligation but all those wishing to attend Mass are welcome. Registration is required to attend Mass. Click here to register for Mass. 

Sundays in Advent, we invite you to Rejoice! LIVE with Fr. Mark Toups as he joins us LIVE via Ascension’s YouTube page. We’ll be coming together to share in the beautiful tradition of the Advent wreath to pray, unpack the Sunday Scripture reading, and prepare our hearts for the coming week of Advent. Watch videos at Ascension.

Join our Filipino community in celebrating the annual event of Simbang Gabi. This year, St. Mary will offer Mass at 7p.m. on December 23rd. Registration is required. The Mass will also be live streamed on the parish Facebook page. Due to the current health crisis we regret that the usual fellowship and hospitality will be cancelled for this year.

This year all are encouraged to observe the octave of Christmas and attend Mass anytime Christmas week. Christmas Eve at 3pm and 5pm. Christmas Day at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 am. Weekend Mass times will remain 5:00 pm on Saturday and 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 on Sunday. In addition both recorded and live stream Masses will be available. Registration is required to attend Mass in person. Register here.

Community Events

Our annual Giving Tree will be a little different this year. Instead of wrapped gifts, Most Blessed Trinity has asked those interested to purchase Walmart gift cards for families in need. You can bring your Walmart gift cards into the parish marked “Giving Tree” or donate toward gift cards through St. Mary through Give Central . Gift cards have been delivered. Thank you for your generosity!

On Saturday, December 12th, from 12-3pm, St. Nicholas and Santa Claus will be in front of the Main Church greeting you all with jingle bells, songs, and goodies. As you drive through, children can drop off letters in the magical North Pole Mailbox and receive a goodie bag with special Christmas treats and activities. For this season of giving, we will have a collection bin for non perishable items for the Fremont Food Pantry. Please remember to wear a mask!

Advent Resources

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

Sacred Advent Prayer Break

This special e-mail series from Loyola Press will explore seasonal themes following the alphabet for inspiration. Sign up to receive the daily messages from the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020, through Christmas. The messages will come from the Year in Our Church from Loyola Press.

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.

Interactive Advent Calendar

To celebrate this special season, The Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College has created this C21 Advent Calendar. Every day until Christmas, visit this page and enjoy new resources to help you reflect on the themes of Advent. Click here to link to the C21 Calendar.

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.

Advent from USML

Prepare your heart for Christmas by receiving a weekly Gospel reflection written by seminarians from University St. Mary of the Lake – Mundelein Seminary. Take a few moments each Sunday of Advent to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. Sign up at the Mundelein Seminary website to have the weekly reflections sent to your inbox.  Click here to sign up.

Best Advent Ever Daily Reflections

Making 2021 the best year of your life starts with Advent! Sign up to receive daily reflections from Dynamic Catholic.  BEST ADVENT EVER, a free email program that will help you prepare for Christmas, and the coming new year, like never before. Sign up by clicking on the image above to receive short inspirational emails each day of Advent.

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