Advent

Prepare the Way of the Lord

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. It is also 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

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 29th at 6:30 PM in the Main Church. Fellowship and hospitality will follow Mass in the meeting rooms. All are welcome!

Spend a few moments each day on a Journey with St. Joseph. This e-mail series will explore Joseph as a man of courage, love, and acceptance. The daily messages also include suggestions for further exploration with additional resources. Sign up to receive the daily messages beginning the First Sunday of Advent through Christmas. Click here to register.

Join the St. Mary Community as we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Wednesday, 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.

Have you missed the Presence of the Eucharist in Adoration at St. Mary? This Advent come and adore in preparation of the birth of Our Lord, Jesus on Tuesday, December 7 from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM and on Tuesday, December 21 from 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM. No registration is required. Come and Adore Him!

Join our Filipino community in celebrating the annual event of Simbang Gabi. This year, St. Mary will offer Mass in the Main Church at 7:00 p.m. on December 15th. The Mass will also be live streamed on the parish Facebook page. All are welcome

During Advent, we contemplate the First Coming of Jesus as Savior, and anticipate his promised Second Coming. Amid the flurry of Christmas preparations, we look for ways to observe the holiness of the season in our everyday lives. Click here for Advent resources in the tradition of Ignatian spirituality.

Community Events

Our annual Giving Tree will be a little different this year. Instead of wrapped gifts, Most Blessed Trinity asked those interested to purchase Target or Walmart gift cards for families in need. Our 2021 Giving Tree was a true success! Due to parishioner generosity, we were able to provide 130 families with a much needed and appreciated gift card. Thank you!

On Saturday, December 18th, from 1-3pm, St. Nicholas and Santa Claus will be in the narthex in the Main Church. Enjoy pictures with Santa, cookies & Cocoa, and crafts! For this season of giving, we will have a collection bin for non perishable items for the Fremont Food Pantry and Bernie’s Book Bank. Please remember to wear a mask! Click here for flyer.

SERRV is dedicated to fighting poverty through fair trade and works with nearly 8,000 artisans and farmers in 24 countries to bring beautiful handcrafts to ensure that they are treated with respect and dignity and are paid fairly for their work. Click here to shop the SERRV sale online for not only Christmas gifts, but gifts throughout the year.

Come join the women of St. Mary for a much needed time of reflection, prayer, relaxation and fun. December 4th and 5th, 2021 at the Siena Center in Racine, Wisconsin, facilitated by Jenny DeVivo. Women can choose to stay both Friday and Saturday, or only Saturday night.

Advent Resources

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

Advent Waiting

During Advent, we eagerly anticipate the coming of Christ. However, we are not waiting for Jesus to be born—that event occurred over two thousand years ago. While we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus that has occurred, we also use the season of Advent to anticipate The Second Coming. Read more in this article by Todd Williamson.

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.

Best Advent Ever Daily Reflections

Making 2022 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.

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.

Ultimate Catholic Gift Guide

Advent: a time of praying, waiting, and giving. To help you with the first two, check out the Busted Halo Advent Calendar. For the third, check out this list of unique and spiritual Catholic-themed gifts for the whole family for some inspiration on faith filled gifts.

Christmas Mass Schedule

O Come Let Us Adore Him!

With great joy we will celebrate Christmas in person this year! Christmas Eve masses are at 3pm, 5pm & 10:30pm. Christmas Day masses are at 8:00am and 11:00am. Please note there WILL NOT be a 5:00pm on Saturday 12/25. However, the regular schedule will be held on Sunday with masses at 7:30am, 9:30am and 11:30am on Sunday 12/26. In addition a live stream 9:30 Mass will be available.

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