Dear People of St. Andrew the Apostle:
Today we begin our observance of the Season of Advent. A new year in the Church has begun. A new ministry of St. Andrew the Apostle will be underway soon – the Ministry of WELCOME and CONNECTING. A "Welcome Center" will be established in the narthex next weekend and will have parish ambassadors present to extend a welcome, answer questions, and help people "get connected" to the parish community. This ministry is a new effort based on the comments received through Knowing our Neighbors.
Advent ushers in a new year for the Church and calls us to focus through the Mass on three events in our faith:
1. The future Second Coming of Christ
2. How Jesus breaks into our lives each day
3. How Jesus broke into our world by being born in a manger over 2000 years ago.
The society in which we live does not really know Advent. Even before the season begins we are treated to Christmas carols, lights, the sights and smells of Christmas baking, and parties celebrated in advance of the holiday. It seems our culture just can't wait for Christmas to arrive … so even before Thanksgiving we begin to celebrate it. And the day after Christmas the celebration ends.
Advent is not about Christmas! Advent is a time of waiting and anticipation – a time to still our souls in the midst of all that is going on around us. Rather than going with the flow of our culture, we are called to submit to the flow of God's time. Jesus is coming again, and when He does, life as we know it will change – human misery and suffering will come to an end. This is our hope. This is what we wait for, long for, and anticipate with great joy. The focal point of Advent is the Advent Wreath. I urge every family to have one in their home. Please see the description, instructions, and prayer for the Advent Wreath later in this bulletin.
During Advent I urge you to join me in becoming involved in several activities designed to focus us on how we at St. Andrew's strive to become a:
- People of Reconciliation: Preparing to meet Jesus – by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. (Wednesday, December 11, 7:00pm and Saturdays 3:30pm-4:45pm)
- People of Prayer: Celebrating Advent in the Family – by praying at the Advent Wreath, by observing a special time of prayer on Wednesdays (either here at Church or at a place more convenient to your schedule), and participating in Mass every week.
- People of Caring: Providing gifts for others through the Advent Giving Trees
- People of Sharing: Our Christmas Eve "Gifts for Baby Jesus," our Foster Family Dinner, and our Children's Food Offering at Mass each Sunday.
The final week of Advent shifts us from our focus on the future and how Jesus is here in the present, to look at the past – how Jesus came the first time. Christmas is coming, for sure. The longer you can wait to put up the tree, hang the lights, and finish other preparations for Christmas, the richer Advent will be. If your family tradition does not allow you to wait, then I would encourage you not to forget about Advent … to intentionally set time aside for joyful waiting, anticipation, and growth in our appreciation of the Season of Advent. Use the Advent Wreath to keep Advent alive in the midst of all else that is going on!
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