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
Our 13th annual SJV Living Nativity will take place Friday, December 8th and Saturday, December 9th from 7:00-9:00pm.
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.
We will have several priests available at each service. Please stay and enjoy wine and cheese in the Narthex following each service.
For fourth Sunday of Advent (Sunday, December 24th)
For Christmas Eve: (Sunday, December 24th)
For Christmas: (Monday, December 25th)
Mary, The Holy Mother of God Masses
Sunday, December 31st
Monday, January 1st
Reflect Each Day
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.
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