It is highly recommended that those who are in “at risk” groups (adults 65 and older or with underlying health issues) and those with concerns about their health and safety refrain from Mass attendance at this time. This page will continue to provide pastoral and spiritual resources for our parishioners who remain at home.
The Adoration Chapel is open 24/7.
Pastoral Care and Spiritual Resources at Home
In response to the latest developments due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this page continues to provide pastoral and spiritual resources for our parishioners who need to remain at home during this time.
What is Advent? The word “Advent” comes from the Latin Adventus, which means “coming.” It is a time for quiet reflection, prayer and conversion in anticipation of the coming of Christ from two different perspectives. The readings and the liturgies during Advent prepare us for the birth of Jesus, but they also prepare us for the Second Coming of Jesus at the end of the world. Advent marks the beginning of the Church year. Unlike the secular year, which marks the passage of time, the liturgical year celebrates the sacred mysteries of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. The year begins during Advent in anticipation of the coming of Jesus with reflections on the Hebrew prophecies and the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah.
Lord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ,
for He is Emmanuel, the Hope of all people.
He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us.
He is the Savior of us all.
O Lord, let your blessing come upon us as we light the first (purple) candle of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise of salvation.
May He come quickly and not delay.
We ask this in His holy name.