Advent

What is Advent?

Advent is the season of anticipation, reflection, and hope that leads to Christmas, when the Light of the World arrives.

 When is Advent?

Sunday November 27th is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent concludes on December 24th.

 How do we celebrate Advent?

Here are some traditions you might celebrate:

  • Advent wreath: while we await the birth of the Light of the World on Christmas, we light one candle for each week of Advent. The candles represent Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace.
    • Prayer as you light the candle for the first week of Advent:
      All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, forever and ever. Amen
    • Prayer as you light the candle for the second week of Advent:
      God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
    • Prayer as you light the candle for the third week of Advent:
      Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
    • Prayer as you light the candle for the fourth week of Advent:
      Father, all-powerful God, your eternal Word took flesh on our earth when the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan. Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces his glory and open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Formed has many Advent resources available, including Daily Reflections (sign up at daily.formed.org) and The True Meaning of Christmas.

Grow closer to our Lord in the manger this Advent season. Check out Formed here (enter our zip code, 27529, and set up your free account) for programming.  Formed offers lots of other information, in English and Spanish, so explore this free-to-use resource!

Prayers from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary referencing A Prayer Book of Catholic Devotions

  • St. Andrew’s Novena: begins on the feast of St. Andrew (November 30th) and ends on December 24th. The novena prayer is prayed 15 times each day. The novena prayer is:

    Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires {state your request} through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen. [EWTN Christmas Anticipation Prayer ]
  • Feast of St. Nicholas: on December 6th, we celebrate fourth century bishop St. Nicholas for his generous spirit. Some families fill stockings or shoes with treats on this day.
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: on December 8th, we honor that Mary, "full of grace", was preserved immune from all saint of original sin (Cathechism of the Catholic Church 490-491). This is a holy day of obligation.
  • Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: on December 12th, we celebrate the gift of roses given by Our Lady to St. Juan Diego.
  • Feast of St. Lucy (or St. Lucia): on December 13th, we celebrate light (“Lucy” means light). St. Lucy looked to the Lord for strength, guidance, and hope.
  • Las Posadas: beginning on December 16th and ending on December 24th, families process from door to door, seeking entrance as the Holy Family sought entrance to Bethlehem. Entrance is denied until December 24th, when families are welcomed with refreshments and celebration. See this article for information from Bishop Zarama about his family's Advent novena: Novena
  • The O Antiphons: for seven days beginning on December 17th, a special antiphon is read before the Magnificat during evening prayer or before the gospel is proclaimed at Mass. They’re called the O antiphons because each begins with the exclamation The antiphons come from the book of Isaiah.

            Each antiphon begins by addressing Jesus using an Old Testament title for the Messiah:

  • December 17, O’ Sapientia (meaning O Wisdom), from Isaiah 11:2-3
  • December 18, O’ Adonai (O Lord or Ruler), 11:4-5 and 33:22
  • December 19, O’ Radix (O Root of Jesse), 11:1
  • December 20, O’ Clavis (O Key of David), 22:22
  • December 21, O’ Oriens (O Radiant Dawn), 9:1
  • December 22, O’ Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations), 2:4
  • December 23, O’ Emmanuel (O God with Us), 7:14

The USCCB publishes the O Antiphons here: https://www.usccb.org/prayers/o-antiphons-advent

Angel Tree 2022

 

The Angel Tree, our parish's Christmas project, is on the back wall of the church. This year's tags provide support to:

  • our homebound apostolate: a gift bag is prepared for homebound folks containing items like a packet of tissues, lotion, slipper socks, note cards, and so forth. (Green tags)
  • our homeless lunch program: gift cards, cash, or a check payable to the parish to support the monthly lunch prepared for homeless people. We're asked to prepare between 75 and 125 lunches once per month. (Orange tags)
  • our homeless: clothing items for those in need. If you'd prefer, a gift card, cash, or a check payable to the parish will help us purchase larger items like propane, a sleeping bag, or a tent. (Pink tags)
  • Catholic Parish Outreach: clothing and diapers for children in need. (Blue tags)

We're collecting donations between November 19 and December 11.

Please be sure to attach the gift tag to the gift so we get your donation to the intended recipient. Questions? Call the parish office or email [email protected] Thank you for your generosity! 

 

Mass Times

Lunes, Mediodia (Español)
Martes, 8 AM (Español)
Wednesday, noon (English)
Thursday and Friday, 8 AM (English)
Viernes, después de hora santa (Español)
Saturday, 5 PM (English)
Sábado, 7 PM (Español)
Sunday, 8 AM and 10 AM (English)
Domingo, 12 PM y 3 PM (Español)

Confession Times

  • First and third Wednesdays from 5 PM to 6:30 PM in English. 
  • Second and fourth Wednesdays from 5 PM to 6:30 PM in Spanish. 
  • Fridays from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM in Spanish.
  • Saturdays from 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM in English.
  • By appointment with a priest. Please email the priest to arrange your appointment. 

Office Hours

The parish offices are open on Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday 1:30-4:30 PM. Our receptionists are bilingual.

Las oficinas parroquiales están abiertas de lunes a jueves de 9 a. m. a 4:30 p. m. y los domingos de 1:30 a 4:30 p. m. Nuestras recepcionistas son bilingües.

Donate Online

Thank you for considering online giving using WeShare. It's safe, simple, and convenient. 

Here is the link to donate using WeShare, and thank you for your generosity!

We will never send an email or text requesting money or gift cards. If you receive an email request for money from the parish office or a member of the clergy, please verify the request with the parish office before sending funds. 

Nunca enviaremos un correo electrónico o mensaje de texto solicitando dinero o tarjetas de regalo. Si recibe una solicitud de dinero por correo electrónico de la oficina parroquial o de un miembro del clero, verifique la solicitud con la oficina parroquial antes de enviar los fondos.