The Advent season (and thus the new liturgical year) is upon us! It seems to sneak up on us every year, but we’ve officially entered this season of preparing for the Nativity of Our Lord at Christmas. With all of the secular Christmas preparations that have been underway for weeks (months?) already, we have to make sure that we don’t neglect the most important preparations of this season, namely, preparing our hearts to receive the Lord with joy when He comes.
As always, I’ll use this 1st Sunday of Advent to remind you of some of the extra things that we offer at Christ the King to observe Advent as a parish family. (This is, of course, in addition to all of the different ways you observe Advent in your own homes. For some suggestions on such things you can do at home, courtesy of Ascension Press, see https://media.ascensionpress.com/podcast/10-family-advent-traditions-to-try-this-year/.)
· We’ll offer an evening Mass every Tuesday at 5:30pm, followed by confessions at 6pm
· We’ll also offer extra confession times on the evenings of December 21 and 22
· A Taize Prayer Service will be held on Sunday, December 10th at 7pm in the church
· Plenty of Advent prayer resources are available at the table inside the church doors by the Mary statue to aid you in your own personal prayer practices during Advent.
· The Giving Tree is underway, and offers a way to help our neighbors in need. The Giving Tree also offers some opportunities to support our sister parish, Corpus Christi in Jalchatra, Bangladesh, as a way of sharing the love of Christ with our brothers and sisters halfway around the world.
· Advent is a great time to consider getting involved with our St. Vincent de Paul Conference to help serve the poor in our area. Contact email@example.com for more details.
Advent goes quickly, so don’t wait to get started! With the right preparation, we can make sure that we don’t get so caught up in the commercialization of the season that we lose sight of what makes this time of year truly sacred and special: the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ in time as our Savior and Redeemer.