"Advent is a season in which we look ahead to Christ who has both come and is coming. It is a time when the words, "Come, Lord Jesus!" reverberate within the depths of our hearts, draw tears of joy from our eyes, and echo throughout the unfathomable reaches of the human soul as we wait in hope. It is a season in which a forward journey is begun in trusting preparation, patiently listening in the quiet of the desert for the soft breath of the Christ Child, whose tender magnificence unceasingly draws us with love into the mysterious life of God Incarnate.
Yet if our participation in Advent is to reach its fullest potential, it is necessary to explore deeply the Christian process of preparation, an endeavor of holiness that includes ongoing repentance and conversion, for Christ began his mission with the words, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Mt 4:17). Christ therefore calls us to conversion, a call which "continues to resound in the lives of Christians," and which is an "uninterrupted task for the whole Church" who "follows constantly the path of penance and renewal" (see CCC No. 1427)."
- F. K. Bartels, Catholic Online
|Church of the Ascension
Wednesday, December 14th at 7pm
Thursday, December 15th at 7pm
THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Mass Time: 9am,12pm & 7pm
Tuesday, December 13th at 7pm
December 24th Christmas Eve
Mass: 4pm, 7pm, 10pm
December 25th Christmas
Mass: 10am, 6pm
January 1st 2017 New Years Mass (Mother of God)
Mass: 9am, 12pm, 6pm
Children's Christmas Party - Dec. 11, 2016
Women's Bible Study: Waking With Purpose - Living in the Father's Love
Mens Book Club - Reviewing the book "Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission"
For more information on these and other events from Parish Life please visit the Parish LIfe Page under Ministries or click here
Our Lady of Guadalupe invites you and your family to bring her image and pray the Rosary at every abortion site in our country, asking her to intercede for unborn children on Sunday, December 11at 3pm. Click here for more information
The Center for Marriage, Family, and Life is hosting a Respect Life contest from December 1, 2016 – January 15, 2017 for all 7-12 graders and college age students in the diocese. The contest is meant to help engage our youth and young adults in the conversation about Respect Life issues in a creative and meaningful way. This year’s theme is: “If life were more respected…” Grades 7 - 12 and college age students will have the opportunity to participate in the video contest. For more information click here.
We are still in need of Adorers for Perpetual Adoration. Please contact Arnel Roderiguez (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested.