An Advent Journey to Christmas through the Mass

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First Sunday of Advent | December 3, 2017

Gospel Reading - Mark 13:33-7
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: 'Watch!

Come Before Your God with Hope
Live this Holy Season of Advent with a heart filled with hope and expectation. Our Savior is coming!

Advent prepares our hearts to welcome Our Lord. Come in hope to every Mass. The Mass is a special encounter between you and God, especially designed by God for you. It is God’s own way for you to worship and offer thanks.

With a heart filled with hope, hear God speak to you in the Liturgy of the Word. Listen to the story of how He came to you and what He wants to tell you.
  • Today He admonishes us to “Be watchful! Be alert!” Our Lord is coming!
With a heart filled with hope, bring your worries, problems, joys, dreams and successes to the altar in the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
  • Offer yourself to God in union with Jesus’ perfect offering of Himself to the Father
  • Receive His precious Body and Blood and be filled with the hope that only He can give.
Do not miss the moment. Our Mass is the moment. No one else can take your place.

Join us as we come before our God with Hope!


Second Sunday of Advent | December 10, 2017

Gospel Reading - Mark 1:1-8
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way.
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
"Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths."
John the Baptist appeared in the desert
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
People of the whole Judean countryside
and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem
were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.
John was clothed in camel's hair,
with a leather belt around his waist.
He fed on locusts and wild honey.
And this is what he proclaimed:
"One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water;
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

Come Before Your God with Thanksgiving
Live this Holy Season of Advent in a spirit of Thanksgiving. Our Savior is coming!

Advent is a season of gratitude. Bring a grateful heart to every Mass. In the Mass, we celebrate Jesus’ greatest deed – His sacrificial Passion, Death and Resurrection – and we give thanks.

We thank Him because:
  • He breathed life into our nostrils.
  • Before Him, there was darkness, and He brought us into the light.
  • Once we had no future and now paradise is before us.
With a heart filled with gratitude and thanksgiving, hear God speak to you in the Liturgy of the Word. <ul
  • Today, the prophet Isaiah proclaims, “Here is your God! Here comes with power the Lord God …” And John the Baptist announces, “One mightier than I is coming after me.” Our Lord is coming! Give thanks!
With a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving, enter into the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
  • The word “Eucharist” comes from a Greek word meaning “thanksgiving”. The Eucharist is a sacrifice of thanksgiving offered by Jesus to God the Father for our salvation. Receive the gifts of the Body and Blood of Jesus and give thanks!
Do not miss the moment. Our Mass is the moment. No one else can take your place.

Join us as we come before our God in Thanksgiving!


Third Sunday of Advent | December 17, 2017

Gospel Reading - John 1:6-8, 19-28
A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.
And this is the testimony of John.
When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests
and Levites to him
to ask him, "Who are you?"
He admitted and did not deny it,
but admitted, "I am not the Christ."
So they asked him,
"What are you then? Are you Elijah?"
And he said, "I am not."
"Are you the Prophet?"
He answered, "No."
So they said to him,
"Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us?
What do you have to say for yourself? He said:
"I am the voice of one crying out in the desert,
'make straight the way of the Lord,'"
as Isaiah the prophet said."
Some Pharisees were also sent. 
They asked him,
"Why then do you baptize
if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?"
John answered them,
"I baptize with water;
but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,
the one who is coming after me,
whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie."
This happened in Bethany across the Jordan,
where John was baptizing.

Come Before Your God with Faith
Live this Holy Season of Advent with unwavering faith. Our Savior is coming!

The season of Advent invites us to strengthen our faith and trust in God. Come in faith to every Mass. In the Mass, we believe that Jesus our Savior is truly present in the words of Sacred Scripture and in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. See with the eyes of faith and believe!

With a heart filled with faith, hear God speak to you in the Liturgy of the Word.
  • Today, John the Baptist comes to testify to the light of Christ that is coming into the world.
  • He reassures us that there is “one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” Like John the Baptist, rejoice in the fact that our heavenly Father has promised us a Savior and He is always true to His promises. Our Messiah is coming! Believe!
With a spirit of faith, humble yourself before the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
  • Jesus tells us “I am the living Bread come down from Heaven. He who has seen me has seen the Father.
The miracle happens when the bread and wine once again become the living Body and Blood of Jesus.
  • He tells us, “Take and eat” so that he will become part of us and we will become part of him. Receive him in faith and believe
Do not miss the moment. Our Mass is the moment. No one else can take your place.

Join us as we come before our God in Faith!


Fourth Sunday of Advent | December 24, 2017

Gospel Reading - Luke 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin's name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
"Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
And he will rule over the house of Jacob forever.
And of his kingdom there will be no end”
But Mary said to the angel,
"How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?"
And the angel said to her in reply,
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God."
Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word."
Then the angel departed from her.

Come Before Your God with Joy
Live this Holy Season of Advent with a heart brimming with joy and exultation. Our Savior is coming!

Advent is a time of deep and abiding joy. We happily anticipate the amazing and beautiful event of Jesus coming to us yet again in the Christmas celebration. Come with delight to Mass and break into songs of praise. Unto us a Savior is about to be born!

With a heart overflowing with joy, listen to God’s message in the Liturgy of the Word.
  • Today, we rejoice as we hear the wonderful announcement of the Angel Gabriel to Mary that she will conceive in her womb and bear a son. “He will be great”, she is told, and will be called the “Son of the Most High”.
  • Can we echo Our Blessed Mother’s beautiful assent, “May it be done to me according to your word”, and allow Christ to be reborn in our hearts?
In a spirit of joy, delight in the celebration of the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist.
  • Receive his Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity and be filled with the joy of all who encounter Christ.
  • Strengthened by Him in the Eucharist, you are now sent on your mission to bear Christ to the world as Mary did. No one else can do what you have been sent to do. If you do not do it, it will not be done.
  • Be not afraid. He will go before you to guide and support you. The Mass is your constant touch point to renew, nourish, and strengthen you.
Do not miss the moment. Our Mass is the moment. No one else can take your place.

Join us as we come before our God in Joy!


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