Advent Resources 2017

Advent Wreath

 Hello and welcome to our Advent Resource Page.

Feel free to look around and use whatever you might like to do with your family during this season of preparation of the coming of our Lord at Christmas.

“When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming (cf. Rev 22:17). By celebrating the precursor’s birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: ‘He must increase, but I must decrease (Jn 3:30).’” — Catechism of the Catholic Church, 524

 “The season of Advent, which we begin again today, restores this horizon of hope, a hope which does not disappoint because it is founded on God’s Word. A hope which does not disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! He is faithful!” — Pope Francis

 

 

Masses for The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation)

December 8th at 7:00 am, 9:00 am and 6:00 pm

 

Living Nativity

Our 13th annual SJV Living Nativity will take place Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th from 7:00-9:00pm.

 

Advent Retreat

December 10: Advent Retreat, “Being Shaped as Disciples of Christ”, led by Fr. Richard Reiser & Michelle Stinson. Through the experience of shaping clay, this encounter will feature spiritual reflections and sharing on the coming of the Lord. Mass: 11:30 am & Retreat: 12:30 - 4:00 pm. Lunch and materials included.

 

Advent Reconciliation Services

Come find the peace of mind and spirit that this sacrament affords us. Listening to the Word of God puts us in the
presence of Jesus whose entire reason for coming to this earth was to forgive our sins. Come celebrate His gift.

  • Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 13th at 1:30pm

We will have several priests available at each service. Please stay and enjoy wine and cheese in the Narthex following each service.

 

Christmas Masses

For fourth Sunday of Advent (Sunday, December 24th)

  • 5:30pm (Saturday) ~ Fr. Tom
  • 7:30am ~ Fr. Tom
  • 9:30am ~ Fr. Dennis
  • 11:30am ~ Fr. Richard

For Christmas Eve: (Sunday, December 24th)

  • 5:00pm in Church ~ Fr. Dennis
  • 5:05pm in the Social Hall ~ Fr. Tom
  • Midnight in Church ~ Fr. Richard (music begins at 11:30pm)

For Christmas: (Monday, December 25th)

  • 7:30am ~ Fr. Richard
  • 9:30am ~ Fr. Tom
  • 11:30am ~Fr. Dennis

 

Mary, The Holy Mother of God Masses
Sunday, December 31st

  • 5:30pm ~ Fr. Richard

Monday, January 1st        

  • 7:30am ~ Fr. Richard
  • 9:30am ~ Fr. Tom
  • NO 11:30am

 

Websites

 

Reflect Each Day

  • How can I use this Advent season as a way to grow more deeply in my faith?
  • How long has it been since my last confession?
  • Am I more caught up in the cultural expression of the “holiday season” than I am of the “holy day season”?

 

Saint Nicholas...

Saint Nicholas (280-343), the patron of children, was orphaned at an early age and raised by an uncle, and, like his uncle, he later became a bishop. After entering the priesthood, he became renowned for his charity and good deeds. Tradition says that he secretly filled the stockings or shoes of a few young women with enough money to ensure a decent dowry and marriage. ¬This is the origin of our custom of hanging stockings at Christmas. In other parts of the world, on the eve of his feast day children put their shoes outside the door for him to fill with small treats. He is sometimes referred to as “Nicholas the Wonder-worker,” because he is believed to be the cause of many miracles. His Feast Day is December 6th.

 

Some Apps You Might Like

  • Virtual Advent Wreath
  • Pray as you Go
  • EWTN: Advent Reflections
  • Advent Calendar 2014
  • Advent Candle
  • Advent Wreath Live
  • The Christmas Card Advent Calendar
  • Advent Devotions
  • Adventus Lite: Daily Catholic Meditations
  • Lectio Divina - Advent
  • Podcast – Pray-as-you-go

 

Other Resources