Advent comes from the Latin word “advenire”…meaning “to come to”. We certainly celebrate that Jesus comes to us in the manger, and indeed in many other ways. But we can’t forget that we have to come to Jesus also! I think we had a wonderful first week of Advent doing just that.
Last weekend I encouraged everyone at Mass to embrace an Advent opportunity. There were some new people at Vespers on Monday evening. It sounded great! And don’t forget, there will be confessions every Monday evening at 5:30PM throughout Advent. Please make a good confession before Christmas. There was one family who lit the wreath at the 9:30AM Mass. Is this something you would want to do with us?
One last Advent opportunity greatly helps the school; The Mingle and Jingle. The first thing we want is YOU! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at 941-2030 to reserve a spot. We are also in need of wine bottles and gift certificates to be donated. There has been a great response so far. I’m looking forward to trying out this new venue at the Imperial Room in Pawtuxet Village. The school is very close to my heart so your participation would mean a lot to me.
Finally I want to thank you for participating more in the Mass. Peter’s reflection last week and this week encourages us not to passively “watch” Mass happen, but add our own voices. Join me in picking up the missalette and reading the Mass readings, singing the hymns, reciting the Creed, etc. Now that we are moving deeper into this holy season, the opportunities abound. Let’s not miss them!
A blessed Advent,