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.
Events and Dates
What a beautiful way to start the Advent Season! All Women of the parish are invited to a special Advent Mass for Women. This will help put hearts and minds in the right place during this busy season. This liturgy will be held on Monday, December 3rd at 6:30 PM in the Main Church. Hospitality and fellowship will follow.
Join the St. Mary Community in this Holy Day of Obligation as we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Vigil Mass- December 7- 7 PM
Mass- December 8- 9 AM
Join our Filipino community in celebrating the annual event of Simbang Gabi. This event will take place on Sunday, December 16th starting at 5:30 PM in the Main Church.
All High School teens are invited to the Youth Ministry Christmas Party that will be held on Sunday, December 16th at 6 PM over in Gabriel House. There will be pizza, games and cookie decorating! We hope you can join us!
St. Mary will be offering additional times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The times are as follows:
Monday, December 17- 7-8 PM
Saturday, December 22- 3-4:40 PM
Introducing a NEW EVENT for children and their families – COOKIES WITH SANTA! On Saturday, December 22nd from 1-3 PM in the narthex, St. Mary kids will be able to take pictures with Santa, enjoy cookies, and participate in a craft. The event is a FREE, but a donation of gently used books for Bernie’s Book Bank would be gladly appreciated.
Sacred Advent is a daily e-mail prayer break during a busy season. Each day invites you to a step-by-step progression of praying with a Scripture reading and related points of reflection. Sign up for the daily email messages by clicking the image above to receive the daily messages from the Year in Our Church from Loyola Press.
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.
During the busyness of the Christmas, Advent reading will feed your spirits and help to remain connected to this season. Particularly at a time when the world feels volatile and dark, we need Advent’s promise of an ever-burning Light, and to stay in touch with it. Here are some suggestions for Advent reading, offered by members of the Word on Fire team.
The Advent wreath likely has its origins in the customs of pre-Christian Germanic people who lit candles during December in anticipation of the light of the coming spring. Eastern European Christians kept the tradition alive and by the 16th century, Advent wreaths were used to prepare for the coming of Jesus, the light of the world. Click on the links below for suggestions for lighting your own wreath at home.