Tag: Advent

  • 4th Sunday of Advent

    4th Sunday of Advent

    Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son; and his name will be called Emmanuel.

  • Advent Vlog by Fr. Elmer, Week 4 Advent Reflection

    Advent Vlog by Fr. Elmer, Week 4 Advent Reflection

    As we approach the final week of Advent, Fr. Elmer asks us to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and reminds us to keep Jesus, Mary, and Joseph foremost in our mind and at the center of our heart.

  • 3rd Sunday of Advent

    3rd Sunday of Advent

    Now is our chance to rejoice! Today we light the pink candle, symbolizing “joy” – the joy that we have reached the halfway point of Advent.

  • Advent Vlog by Fr. Elmer, Week 3 Advent Reflection

    Advent Vlog by Fr. Elmer, Week 3 Advent Reflection

    Rejoice! Gaudete Sunday! This week Fr. Elmer talks about the virtue of Hope and the simple secret to strengthening the virtue. He reminds all of us to stay close to Jesus and His mother, Mary, as they are the source of hope.

  • 2nd Sunday of Advent

    2nd Sunday of Advent

    Second Sunday of Advent Today’s Gospel Acclamation (Luke 3:4-6) makes a simple declaration: “Prepare the way of the Lord.” And in today’s Gospel (Mark 1:1-8), we are shown the appearance of John the Baptist in the desert, sent to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus Christ.   John’s role in scripture can really be described as “preparer.” He called people to repentance for the forgiveness of their sins. His invitation is for us to transform our lives to that we can recognize God when he comes in human form. What must I do to prepare my heart for Jesus? This time of Advent provides us with a chance for reconciliation, a time to cleanse our hearts and to seek forgiveness.  

  • The Feast of St. Nicholas

    The Feast of St. Nicholas

     “In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” ~ Acts 20:35 On the eve of the Feast of St. Nicholas, I wanted to share a few thoughts and a reflection, so that perhaps as a family you might find your own meaning in the stories of this beloved Saint.

  • Advent Vlog by Fr. Elmer, Week 2 Advent Reflection

    Advent Vlog by Fr. Elmer, Week 2 Advent Reflection

    This week Fr. Elmer reminds our STARS that they will shine brightly in our dark world if they take their light from Jesus’ star, the star of Bethlehem.

  • 1st Sunday of Advent, Advent Wreath Blessing

    1st Sunday of Advent, Advent Wreath Blessing

    Advent Wreath Blessing, 1st Sunday of Advent First Sunday of Advent Today is the first Sunday of Advent, when we begin preparing ourselves for the birth of Jesus. I will be the first to admit that when the Hallmark Channel starts showing Christmas-themed movies in July and 100.3 WNIC starts to play Christmas music on November 1, I’m right there. I find comfort in those.

  • Advent Vlog by Fr. Elmer

    How should you prepare for His coming? Spend a few minutes listening to Fr. Elmer speak of the importance of preparing for Advent.

  • Enter Into Advent

    Enter Into Advent

    Many of you are familiar with the concept of an Advent Calendar and most notably the kind with a piece of chocolate behind every panel. The USCCB shares a calendar each season, with the hope that it will bring us inspiration and reflection during this Advent season.