No matter who you are, or where you are on your spiritual journey,
you are welcome at Advent!
Advent is a season that seems to get lost in our culture. Because we so often think of the month of December as “the Christmas season” and use this time to busily prepare our homes for the holidays, we often neglect to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.
We prepare our hearts
My hope is that our many parish activities will provide a way of making your Advent journey more meaningful. One way to prepare our hearts and more fully experience Jesus’ coming is through deepening and growing in our relationship with God. Because God is so much greater than our minds can even begin to comprehend, we can only know God through glimpses, through reflections.
My hope is that they will offer a means of knowing God deeper, and God will become more real to you. Please watch for our weekly parish reflections through emails, at our faith enrichment tables in church, our facebook page and our website updates. As you take time with these Advent opportunities may they deepen your relationship with God so that you may more fully experience the celebration of the coming of Christ.
Yours in Christ,
St Paul says:
Let us do good to all men, but especially to those who are of the household of the Faith."
Throughout the world, but especially in the Middle East, our Christian brothers and sisters are facing persecution, ethnic cleansing, martyrdom and genocide.
As sisters and brothers in Christ, we are one with them through our baptism.
This symbol is the Arabic "N" - this symbol has been painted on the houses of Christians to identify them for martyrdom and to mark out their presence, similar to the use of the Star of David by the Nazis. The Arabic letter "Nun" is the first letter of the word "Nasrani" or "Nasarean/Nazarene" - the Muslim word of contempt for Christians.
I ask your participation in three ways:
- Prayer – remember those being persecuted in your prayers. You can pick up a Litany of Prayer for persecuted Peoples.
- Awareness – I ask you to take the time to read and be aware of the suffering of those Christians around the world. In coming weeks, we will post articles and references for you through our weekly email.
- In solidarity with those suffering, please wear the bracelet being distributed at Mass on the weekend of October 25/26. When you are asked, make others aware of the plight of Christians in the Middle East and ask for them to join us in prayer.
- If you did not receive a bracelet, you may pick one up on all the faith enrichment tables throughout the church.