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Advent 2023

«May it be done to me according to your word»
                          Luke 1:38

Advent Season: Look to Mary as a Living Tabernacle

Advent is the time of the year to prepare for the coming of Jesus, our Redeemer, at Christmas. During Advent we prepare to receive Jesus, the Light of the world (cfr John 8:12).


Mary was the first to carry Jesus in her womb. She was the first "living tabernacle", She kept the Lord and always illuminated wherever she went. In this Advent, the proposal is to draw even closer to the Eucharist, visiting frequently the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle and participating in the Mass, whether on weekdays or on Sundays. Imitate Mary and bring the light of Jesus in all our environments.

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Do you know what Advent is?
Keys to understand this season

Advent is the 4 weeks leading up to the celebration of the Birth of the Christ Child.

It began to be celebrated in the 6th century and its name comes from the Latin word Adventus, which means "coming". This time emphasizes the christians' Hope in Jesus and their trust in the Lord.

It also highlights the coming of Jesus in 3 moments:

  • In Bethlehem, when he was born of the Virgin Mary.

  • Eucharist and when we love others.- Every day of our life, when we pray, through his Word, when we celebrate thee All in all.  

  • At the end of our life, and also at the end of the world, when God will be all in all,

 
Its color is purple. In the liturgy (that is, how worship is celebrated in the Church) this color is used to express struggle, effort and hope in the coming of the Lord. Only on the third Sunday is pink used to show joy at the approaching birth of Jesus.

The Gloria is not sung at Mass. So that it resounds in a renewed way on Christmas Day!
 

Vocations
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The Advent wreath, know its meaning!

Although there are many traditions in this liturgical season, perhaps the best known and most widespread throughout the world is the wreath, which has a great deal of symbolism:

 

  1. Eternity. First, it is circular, meaning that God has no beginning and no end. In addition, it is made of evergreen leaves.

  2. The candles. There are four of them and each one represents a Sunday of Advent. Each Sunday a purple candle is lit, the liturgical color symbolizing conversion. 

 

The first candle, purple, symbolizes hope. It is sometimes called the "candle of prophecy", in memory of the prophets, especially Isaiah.

The second candle, also purple, represents faith. It is called the "Bethlehem candle" to recall Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem.

The third candle is pink and symbolizes joy. It is called the "Shepherd's Candle" and is pink because pink is the liturgical color of joy. The third Sunday of Advent is Gaudete Sunday and is meant to remind us of the joy that the Virgin Mary felt with the imminent arrival of Jesus.

In the fourth week of Advent, we light the last purple candle to mark the final week of prayer and penance as we await the birth of our Savior. This last candle, the "Angel Candle," symbolizes peace. It also reminds us that the angels announce the coming of Jesus and invites us to announce it as well.

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Conversion and Prayer

Advent invites us to change our lifestyle, to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. 
In addition to frequently approaching the sacrament of Reconciliation, prayer is very important. In addition to reading the Gospel each day, let the most relevant verses of the four Sundays of Advent resonate in your heart and in the heart of your family:

Isaiah 40:3: «A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD ; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.»

Isaiah 30:18: «Truly, the Lord is waiting to be gracious to you, truly, he shall rise to show you mercy; For the Lord is a God of justice: happy are all who wait for him!»

Hebrews 6:15: «And so, after patient waiting, he obtained the promise.»

Luke 1: 34-38: «But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.»

And for the kids...

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Advent Calendar

We have prepared an Advent calendar, to do a good action every day.

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Advent Craft

We have made a very special and easy craft, to prepare the birth of Baby Jesus this Christmas.

Materials

  • 3 used aluminum coffee capsules.

  • Colored felt and some jute.

  • Hemp string

  • Sewing yarn

  • 3 wooden beads (two large and one small), for the heads.

  • A toothpick

  • A slice of wood (optional)

  • Black marker pen

  • Watercolor pencils 

  • Silicone gun

  • Scissors

  • Compass

  • An adult to help

Empty the capsules, wash and let dry.

With the compass, make circles 4 inches in diameter on the felt to make the clothes for the different figures: 2 circles for the Virgin, 2 for St. Joseph and one for the manger (made of jute) and the Baby Jesus.

To make St. Joseph and the Virgin, with the help of an adult, and using hot silicone, cover two capsules and glue the large balls for the head. When dry, slightly fold the circles that form the mantles, and glue on the head. With the string, form the hair and beard of St. Joseph. Glue. Form the haloes with a piece of string. Paint the eyes and color the cheeks.

For the crib, turn the capsule upside down and line it to make a basket. Form the Baby Jesus, with the ball and a circle of felt, and shape it into a package. Put a piece of string as a halo. Paint eyes and buttons. Glue the Baby Jesus to the manger.

Place the figures on the slice of wood and glue with hot silicone. Glue the toothpick to form the stick of St. Joseph 

IMPORTANT!

As you make this craft, listen to carols that speak about Jesus.

Advent Activities

5 DEC

7 & 8 DEC

14 DEC

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14-16 DEC

Advent Retreat!

 

This Advent season Father Eugene Udemba will be leading a Bilingual Advent Retreat in our parish.

Thursday, December 14
Starts with Mass at 8:30am – Then we will gather again in the Sanctuary at 6:00pm for Talk/Reflection

Friday, December 15
Starts with Mass at 8:30am – Then we will gather again in the Sanctuary at 6:00pm for Talk/Reflection

Saturday, December 16
Ends with the Mass at 8:30am

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19-22 DEC

Simbang Gabi

 

Also known as Misa de Gallo, is a prominent Christmas tradition in the Philippines.  

It involves a series of Masses leading up to the birth of Jesus, dedicated to honoring the Blessed Mother.

Tuesday, December 19

English Mass at 6:00pm

Wednesday, December 20  English Mass at 6:00pm

Thursday, December 21

English Mass at 8:30am

Friday, December 22 

English Mass at 6:00pm followed by potluck fellowship – Rooms 3 and 4.

ALL ARE INVITED

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21 DEC
 

General Confession for Advent

From 5:00PM to 8:00PM

Several priests will confess in English and Spanish

Any additional questions?

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