Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas.
The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord, Christmas.
How will you celebrate the Season of Advent?
2017 Advent Penance Services in our area!
Advent is a season of penance. Our Cathedral Advent Penance Service will be Monday, December 11, 6:00pm.
Please make plans now to attend a penance service during the Season of Advent.
ADVENT GIVING TREES
Advent Giving Trees will be in the Cathedral this weekend, December 2-3. Three organizations benefit from this year’s Advent Giving Trees. The Green tags are for Mary’s House; the Yellow tags are for Christian Service; and the Purple tags are for Volunteers of America. Please take a tag and return the unwrapped item with the gift tag by Sunday, December 17, to the Giving Tree area. Your donations are greatly appreciated by these organizations.
Place an Advent wreath in your home – read more about Advent wreaths here, from the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.