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Advent: A Season of Waiting - A Season of Hope

Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “coming.”  It is the season given us to prepare for the coming of Christ, not just what we remember at Christmas but also what we hope for at the end of time.  Advent is not merely about tapping of fingers, waiting for time to pass.  Advent is about slowing us down when our schedules and the world seek to speed us up.  Advent is about creating time in our calendar and in our hearts and lives to remember the graciousness of our God who comes to us.  In the season of Advent, the Church reminds us to be more intentional about creating space for God in our hearts and lives.

Our Mass has changed slightly.  It will be more quiet and reflective, with longer periods of silence.  The Advent wreath will be lit.  The side doors to the church are closed to help create the quiet space for prayer and reflection.  A different form of the Penitential Rite is used  – all subtle reminders that we need to be different, think differently, act differently to prepare for His coming.

There will also be increased opportunities for the celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation.  There’s no better way to prepare for Christ’s coming than by clearing our hearts of our sins.  

Even as we celebrate Advent, we anticipate Christmas with our Christmas Dinner with Santa on Sunday, December 11th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Plan to come join us for fellowship and fun.

Below you will find more information about the Season of Advent 

Reconciliation during Advent
Sunday             6:30 pm - 8:00 pm    Holy Family
Tuesday           6:30 am - 8:00 am    Holy Family
Wednesday      8:15 am - 8:45 am    St. Mary
Saturday          3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     Holy Family
Saturday          4:15 pm - 4:45 pm     St. Mary

Regional Advent Reconciliation Services
Sunday, December 17  6:30 pm       Holy Family
Monday, December 18  7:00 pm      St. John the Evangelist, Frederick
Tuesday, December 19  7:00 pm     St. Ignatius, Ijamsville

Holy Family's Annual Christmas Dinner - Sunday  - December 10

Helping Hands
Participate in our annual Helping Hands project and assist in providing gifts to those less fortunate.  Take an ornament from one of our trees or make a donation.

Celebrate the Feast Days in December
December 6    Feast of Saint Nicholas
December 8   Feast of the Immaculate Conception
                       Holy Day of Obligation  Mass:
 8:30 am and 7:30 pm 
December 12   Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 13   Feast of Saint Lucy