Advent at the Cathedral

“Come Lord Jesus” – Keeping the Seasons of Advent & Christmas Holy

ADVENT PRAYER

All-powerful God, increase our strength of will for doing good that Christ may find an eager welcome of His coming and call us to His side in the kingdom of heaven, where He lives ad reigns for ever and ever. 

Amen.

WEEK 1  – HOPE 

Purple is the primary color associated with Advent. Within the Catholic Church it symbolizes penance, preparation, and sacrifice. During the first week of Advent, we look forward to Jesus’ coming with hope.

WEEK 2  – PEACE 

During this second week of Advent, we reflect on our lives and work on becoming better-versions-of-ourselves in preparation for Jesus’ coming.

WEEK 3  – JOY

This third candle is rose, symbolizing anticipation and rejoicing. During the third week of Advent, we are filled with joy for the near arrival of Jesus on Christmas day. coming.

WEEK 4  – LOVE

During this final week of Advent we rejoice in the endless love that God has for us, which is made apparent in the birth of his Son. preparation for Jesus’ coming.

Advent
Season of Joyful Prayer

Daily Rosary:

After 12:10pm Mass, Chapel

Adoration Hours:

Fridays, 11:00am – Noon, Chapel

Saturdays, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Chapel

Advent Rosary:

Saturdays, 9:00am, Chapel 

Dec 2: Luminous Mysteries for Vocations        

Dec 9: Glorious Mysteries for Elderly &                Homebound  

Dec 16: Sorrowful Mysteries for the Hungry &    Homeless  

Dec 23:  Joyful Mysteries for our Youth       

“Come Lord Jesus” – Keeping the Seasons of Advent & Christmas Holy

Advent
Season of Repentance

Confession Opportunities:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursday in the Cathedral:

11:30pm  – 12:00pm in the Cathedral: 

Saturday, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23: Cathedral

2:45-3:45pm

Sunday, Dec 3, 10, 17: Cathedral

7:15am – 7:45am                                              10:15am – 10:45am                                              4:45p – 5:15pm

By Appointment:

Call the Church office at 221-5296    

 

 

“Come Lord Jesus” – Keeping the Seasons of Advent & Christmas Holy

Advent
Season of Sacred Music

Advent
Season of Mission

Giving from the Heart

“For it is in giving that we receive.”    –  Saint Francis of Assisi

Advent
Season of Giving

“Come Lord Jesus” – Keeping the Seasons of Advent & Christmas Holy

Advent
Season of Giving

Advent
Season of Home & Family Activities

  • Advent Calendar:  A wonderful visual for children to count down the days leading to Christmas.
  • Advent Good Deeds Chain: During Advent and Lent we especially focus on doing acts of charity and kindness for other. To reinforce this, start a good deeds chain today. A good deeds chain is a simple paper chain, but you must do a good deed for each piece of paper you add. Click here for more information on the Good Deeds Chain.
  • Advent Wreath: Place on your table and light the candles each night. Pray together and sing O Come O Come Emmanuel. Be sure to bless your advent wreath using this blessing.
  • Advent Calendar:  A wonderful visual for children to count down the days leading to Christmas.
  • Celebrate Saints’ Feast Days: There are many wonderful feast days during Advent. Click here for a list. You could keep it as simple as reading about the life of the saint over dinner; or make it a more elaborate celebration with ideas you find online.
  • Jesse Tree: Lots of ideas and resources online for this. It is a fantastic way to learn about Jesus’ ancestors and the Biblical events leading up to His birth. Click here for more about the Jesse Tree.
  • Nativity Scene: This tradition started by St. Francis is a perfect visual to remind everyone about the meaning of Christmas. Say a blessing over your nativity set and maybe wait to add baby Jesus to the manger until Christmas morning!
  • O Antiphons: From the Liturgy of the Hours, these antiphons are sung or recited at evening prayer from December 17 to 23, the octave before Christmas. Each antiphon welcomes the birth of the Savior by heralding one of the ancient Biblical titles given to the Messiah (as prophesied in the OT). Click here for the antiphons.
  • Read Christmas & Advent books to your children: Here and Here are two wonderful book lists!
  • Sacrifices for the Christ Child:  Fill an empty “manger” during the season of Advent – one piece of straw placed for every sacrifice or good deed. Baby Jesus will have a soft manger when he arrives on Christmas from all the good works performed during Advent! Click here for more.
  • Special Sunday Advent Dinners: Fix a special dinner every Sunday in Advent. Read aloud a Christmas story, Saints story, Scripture passage or Advent devotion. Say prayers together as a family. 

  • Rooted:  Coming to FORMED December 3! This new 22-episode series guides Catholics through a daily Advent reflection using the Jesse Tree model traditionally practiced by families. Each seven-minute episode introduces the ancestors of Jesus Christ, shares a Scripture passage, and offers an engaging, practical reflection.

Hosted by Dr. Scott Hefelfinger, Rooted helps viewers apply the passage and related teachings to each day of Advent, guided by the Church’s teaching. Sign up here to receive these episodes straight to your inbox and to check out our other great Advent resources: https://daily.formed.org/advent       

 

  • Drawing Closer to God:   Journey through Advent with the whole family! Join art teacher Ms. Kim as she teaches children to draw different scenes from the Christmas story, including the Annunciation, the shepherds’ visit, the Nativity scene, and more. With compelling storytelling, Ms. Kim points out key details from Scripture and Catholic tradition.

As kids follow along and learn new art skills, they also learn to see the connections between the big picture of God’s story and their place within it. Sign up here to receive these episodes straight to your inbox and to check out our other great Advent resources: https://daily.formed.org/advent   

 

  • Brother Francis – The Days of Advent: Brother Francis leads us on a daily journey in this special seasonal celebration of the coming of the Lord! Featuring meditations, prayers, and suggested activities to keep our focus on Christ this Christmas.  Click here to view the videos.
  • The True Meaning of Christmas | Lukas Storyteller: Christmas is coming and our friends Peter, Agnes, Paul and Anna expect to receive many gifts. but when they caught in one of their antics. Lukas and Noah will help them understand the true story of Christmas and how the birth of the Son of God should change our hearts. Click here to view the video.

  •  Nicholas – The Boy Who Became Santa: Nicholas was still a young child when he discovered a very special secret that changed his life forever. It was the gift of giving, by which he brought happiness to many people. Nevertheless, in sharing this gift, Nicholas had to face many dangers. Click here to view video.

  • O Holy Night, The King is Born: What Christmas Is About: Celebrate the wonder and joy of Christmas with Brother Francis in this heartwarming presentation of the birth of God’s Son! Witness the moving submission of Mary, Joseph, and others as they make way for our Savior. Click here to view video.

Advent
Season of Reflection

Advent Blessings: First Week Reflection

We know your life is busy, especially in the Advent season. You might be longing for less anxiety and hurry in your life and craving more slowness and peace. In this first week of Advent, we are excited to share a meaningful video reflection with you. In this video, Fr. Mark Toups shares how to hear God’s voice and find more joy and peace in your daily life. 

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Advent Blessings: Second Week Reflection

As we journey further into the season of Advent, we invite you to continue your spiritual preparation with a special video message for this second week.  This Advent (and always), God is inviting us to a deeper peace. He is inviting us to loosen our grasp on our lives and live with more freedom.  Watch this video to learn how to discover this freedom for yourself. 

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Advent Blessings: Third Week Reflection

As we journey further into the season of Advent, we invite you to continue your spiritual preparation with a special video message for this third week from Sr. Josephine Garrett. May this video serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement as we prepare our hearts to receive the gift of Christ’s love this Christmas. Let us continue to come together in prayer and community, drawing closer to God and one another.

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Advent Blessings: The Fourth Week Reflection

As we draw near to the culmination of this holy season, the fourth and final week of Advent, we invite you to prepare your hearts to make room for Christ. In this video, Fr. Mark Toups shares how to be present to all the gifts God wants to give you this week. As we come together in prayer and community, let us prepare our hearts to welcome Him with open arms. May the light of Christ’s peace shine brightly in your hearts as we await the celebration of His birth

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“Come Lord Jesus” – Keeping the Seasons of Advent & Christmas Holy

Christmas,
Season of Gathering

Christmas,
Season of Joy

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