― Pope Francis
Sacred Heart – December 19, 6 - 7 pm
St. Bernard – December 21, 6 - 7 pm
We have curated the best of the web to create our Advent Resources page. You can find out all you want to know about Advent, find ways to enhance your preparations, discover online Advent Calendars, get plans to create your own Advent Wreath, find activities to do with kids, and much, much more! Click on the blue link above or on the graphic below.
Our blessed calendar sponsor Sanders Funeral is retiring after many years of sponsorship and we are wondering if anyone out there would be interested in sponsoring the 2019 calendars @1.15 ea (includes shipping) for a total of $460. And we thank Sanders for their many years of faithful sponsorship and service to our community. May God richly bless them.
St. Vincent de Paul invites you to wrap gifts for children of local families after next week’s Dec. 16th 9 A.M. Mass. The gifts have been donated for children and families who need our help this year and will either be eating their Christmas Dinner at the SVdP Dining Room or getting a ham and “all the fixings” for a Christmas dinner in their own place. If you have an hour or two after Mass, bring a pair of scissors and join us. Wrapping paper, tape and tags will be provided. Thanks!
Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation, much like Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.
Advent is not as strict as Lent, and there are no rules for fasting, but it is meant to be a period of self-preparation. The purple color associated with Advent is also the color of penance. The faithful should fast during the first two weeks in particular and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The color of the Third Sunday of Advent is rose. This color symbolizes joy and represents the happiness we will experience when Jesus comes again. The Third Sunday is a day of anticipatory celebration. It is formerly called "Gaudete" Sunday; gaudete means "rejoice" in Latin.
Finally, Sundays during Advent, just as during Lent, should not be given to fasting, but instead to celebration because we celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord every Sunday. It is important to remember, however, there are no particular rules for how the laity should observe Advent.
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You can download a pdf of the Oct. - Dec., 2018 schedule by clicking here .
CatholicApps.com was created in response to the call to evangelization from Saint John Paul II, and then continued on through Pope Benedict, and of course the call for deeper evangelization from Pope Francis. We aim to review, and share a lot of catholic apps that can help you deepen your own Catholic faith, or share unique Catholic apps that allow you to share and evangelize your faith with family, friends, and anyone you have a relationship with.
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