Advent is a time of waiting, longing and begging. It is a time to pray, “Come, Lord Jesus.” We look forward to celebrating the first coming of Jesus at Christmas. We look forward with hope to the second coming of Jesus in Glory. We seek out Jesus here and now in the Mass, when he comes to us in the Eucharist. We seek out Jesus in the people and events of our lives, when he comes to us in ordinary ways. We examine our conscience and confess our sins, we ask Jesus to come to us in his mercy. For Jesus offers us a true experience of salvation here and now through the forgiveness of our sins.
As a Parish Family we will meet in the Church for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays: December 7, 14 & 21 at 7:00 PM. We will reflect on the Promise of a Son given to Sarah, Elizabeth and Mary. We will have chance to experience God’s Mercy through the Sacrament of Confession.
Ten Ways to Get More out of Advent
Reflect on Advent as a time of waiting. The idea of waiting is not popular in our culture of instant gratification, but it creates in us a new kind of self-discipline that helps us to appreciate the present moment and look to the future with peaceful anticipation.
Turn your breathing into a prayer. Take a few deep breaths throughout the day and imagine that God's love is flowing through you to every part of your body. As you exhale, let go of tension, worry and anything else that is not of God.
Long for the Lord. Make it a habit of silently praying, "Come, Lord Jesus."
Unite with Mary. Set aside time once a day to join Our Lady in praying the Canticle of Mary (see Lk 1:46-55).
Do something nice for someone every day. It might be an encouraging word, a phone call, a note of appreciation or a little act of kindness.
Get rid of grudges. Use Advent as an opportunity to let go of any anger or resentment that you might be holding onto.
Pray for patience. If you find yourself becoming anxious or upset, ask the Lord for the gift of patience. Then make a conscious effort to be a more patient person.
Offer up something painful or difficult in your life. The best way to transform trials and tensions is to turn them into a prayer.
Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Attend your parish penance service and take advantage of the opportunity to cleanse your soul in preparation for the coming of Jesus.
Think about the special gifts and talents God has given you. How are you using these gifts?