Advent is in full swing.  These four weeks go by quickly, so if it seems like the season is getting away from you, don’t worry – there’s still time to make this season a meaningful preparation for our upcoming celebration of Christmas.  Here are some things going on in our parish that can help you prepare:

 

  • An evening Mass is offered every Tuesday during Advent at 5:30pm, perfect for those of you who aren’t able to make our daily morning Mass.
  • Confessions will be offered every Tuesday at 6:00pm, right after the evening Mass.
  • A lot of extra confession opportunities will be offered during the week leading up to Christmas:
    • Monday, December 20th: 7:00 – 8:00pm
    • Tuesday, December 21st: 6:00 – 8:00pm
    • Wednesday, December 22nd: 7:00 – 8:00pm
    • Thursday, December 23rd: 9:00 – 10:00am
  • An evening of Taize prayer will be offered tonight at 7:00pm. (It will also be available on our YouTube channel.)
  • I’d also encourage you to consider adding Eucharistic Adoration to your prayer routine, offered here in the church from 9:00am to noon on Fridays.
  • Volunteers are needed to assist with the Giving Tree, so Linda Fitzpatrick in the parish office can give you information on how you can help.

 

Of course, all of these offerings are in addition to the personal works of prayer and service that you are performing already.  If these are off to a slow start, I encourage you to think of some way to incorporate daily prayer into your routine.  There are several terrific (free) resources online, and your fellow parishioners can offer great suggestions as well.  The most important thing is that, in the midst of the hectic nature of the secular holiday season, we make sure to be intentional in our observance of Advent.  After all, the most important preparations that we make for Christmas don’t happen in our homes or the shopping malls, they take place in our hearts.  When we make this our priority, we are ready to have the most meaningful Christmas season possible.