Advent begins on Sunday, December 3, 2023.
From the USCCB website: "What is Advent? 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 to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas. From the earliest days of the Church, people have been fascinated by Jesus’ promise to come back. But the scripture readings during Advent tell us not to waste our time with predictions. Advent is not about speculation. Our Advent readings call us to be alert and ready, not weighted down and distracted by the cares of this world (Lk 21:34-36). Like Lent, the liturgical color for Advent is purple since both are seasons that prepare us for great feast days. Advent also includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting, and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas.
As we prepare for Christmas, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal notes some differences to the Mass that should be observed during the season. For instance, the priest will wear violet or purple during Advent, except for the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) when rose is worn.
The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, we focus on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord at Christmas. In particular, the "O" Antiphons are sung during this period and have been by the Church since at least the eighth century. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming of Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but of present ones as well.
Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. The USCCB Advent calendar can help you fully enter into the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ."
Advent Confession Schedule
Dates & Times to come.
Sunday, December 24, 2023 - 5:15PM Children's Mass
The Junior Choir Prelude will begin at 4:45PM
Sunday, December 24, 2023 - 7:00PM Mass
Sunday, December 24, 2023 - 10:00PM Mass
The Adult Choir Prelude will begin at 9:30PM
Monday, December 25, 2023 - 9:00AM Mass
Monday, December 25, 2023 - 11:00AM Mass
Join us in celebration!
Public Mass Times
Monday - Saturday
Saturday Confessions are held from 4:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
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