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Advent 2017

The Advent Calendar

The Advent Calendar is a tradition almost as old as Advent itself.  Every day during holy season we will offer something to do, pray or think about as a way of joyfully preparing for Christmas. Pull out this middle section of the bulletin each week, keep it near to where you pray daily, use it as a sort of spiritual GPS.

Sunday, December 10

2nd Sunday of Advent

Be a baptist! What? Today we remember John the Baptist who prepared the way for the  Messiah, Jesus Christ! How are we preparing our hearts for Christmas? Be a baptist! Get ready!(Read the Baptist’s story at Matthew 1:1-8)

 

Monday, December 11

On this day in 1934, Bill W., the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, took his last drink and entered treatment for the last time.  One of our parish ministries, AOA (Accompanying One Another), offers spiritual support for anyone on their journey through addiction to recovery or anyone accompanying a loved one on their journey.  On this 345th day of the year and 9th day of Advent, let us remember to take life one day at a time and to glorify God for the incredible things we have seen today! We pray for all those touched by addiction, and for ourselves we ask: “God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.”

 

 

Tuesday, December 12

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

May Our Lady of Guadalupe give us the courage to bring God’s message of hope to everyone. #VivaLaVirgendeGuadalupe   

 

Wednesday, December 13

Centuries ago St. Lucy let her love for Jesus shine like a light for all to see. Lucy (Lucia) means "light". Her feast falls during the season of long, dark nights. No wonder Sweden adopted St. Lucy and adorned her with a crown of candles!  “St. Lucy, patron saint of the blind, help us to open our eyes and hearts to Christ and reflect His light to all we meet.” Try this: This evening watch for shooting stars sending their light across the night sky!  https://www.space.com/34921-geminid-meteor-shower-guide.html for more information. “Stars of heaven, bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever.” (Dn 3:63)  

Thursday, December 14

Feast of St. John of the Cross

Today the Church remembers one of its greatest mystics and spiritual writers, St. John of the Cross, who lived in Spain in the 16th century. His most famous work is entitled Dark Night of the Soul. As these days before Christmas can be extremely busy, filled with all sorts of activity, this would be a great day to carve out some quiet time ... to rest ... do some spiritual reading ... Journaling … or just being quiet with the Lord.

 

Friday, December 15

“The world is filled with wonderful things and experiences—deep joys and satisfactions. But we all know that nothing here finally satisfies us.... “O come O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel.” That great Advent hymn catches our ache. As we move into this season of anticipation, allow that ache to develop, preparing you for the satisfaction that will arrive only in Christ”.  (Advent Reflections by Bishop Robert Barron)

 

Saturday, December 16

Today is the first day of Las Posadas (the inn). It is a 400+ year old Advent celebration in many Latin countries. For 9 days, from December 16-24th, the faithful prepare for Christmas by acting out and reliving the days Mary and Joseph experienced as they journeyed to Bethlehem. Today would be a great day to go to a friends house, light candles, sing traditional Christmas Carols, read aloud the Gospel story of the birth of Jesus — Luke 2:1-20 — (and don’t forget a
Pinata for the kids!)