Happy First Sunday of Advent!
I personally love being Catholic. I love the liturgical calendar of the Catholic year and I love its times and seasons. We are entering into Advent. The Ordo describes Advent as “Advent has a two-fold character, for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered, and likewise a time when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reason, Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight.” The use of the Organ and musical instruments and the decorating of the altar with flowers should be done in a moderate manner without anticipating the full joy of Christmas. I would encourage each family to make full use of an Advent Candle at home as well as an Advent Calendar. Remember, there is a key word to meditate on each week as you light the Advent Candle – Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.
I would encourage each Catholic to get to confession: Friday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30pm, Saturdays from 4pm until 5:15pm, at our Advent Penance Service on Thursday, December 5 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm or make an appointment with either Fr. Mark or me. May we truly be spiritually prepared!
Please do not forget about Lessons and Carols! Please do not forget to take care of the poor and those less fortunate through the Christmas Giving Tree or gifts directly to Catholic Charities.
And finally, as we begin this new liturgical year, we are in year A. During Year A we mostly read from the Gospel of Matthew. Pictured here is a great commentary to use for the year: The Gospel of Matthew by Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri.
May this new Liturgical year truly be a year of great grace and blessings for you and your family.