As we enter into the holy Season of Advent, it is appropriate to remind ourselves of the purpose of this beautiful liturgical season. Although surrounded by the somewhat noisy "Christmas rush" of the secular world around us, it is still possible for the devout Catholic to enter into the true Christian spirit of Advent. The spirit of this holy season is indeed one of joyful anticipation for this blessed Event, but it is also a time to "prepare the way of the Lord, to make straight His paths", that is, to properly dispose our hearts and adorn our souls for His coming.
Today, I invite you to take advantage of our annual Advent Retreat in English. It will begin on Sunday December 2nd and continue through Wednesday, December 6th, and will be conducted by Rev. Thomas Ciya, C.Ss.R.
Make our Advent Retreat a time when you and your family deepen faith by listening to extraordinary preaching and participating in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Do not hesitate to invite others to experience the warmth of our faith community. The Retreat schedule listed below can also be found in the parish bulletin and on the parish website.
For Polish-speaking parishioners, the Advent Retreat in Polish will take place beginning December 17th through December 20th. Rev. Piotr Podraza, C.Ss.R. will shepherd us toward Christmas. Details will be printed in the bulletin.
Please pray the Parish Advent Retreat Prayer daily during this Retreat. May the prayerful anticipation of His Advent fill your hearts with the joyful expectation of His Immaculate Virgin Mother.
Sincerely yours in Christ the Redeemer,
SATURDAY: 4:30PM – MASS & PREACHING (CTK)& 6:00PM – MASS & PREACHING (SH)
SUNDAY: 8:30AM – MASS & PREACHING (CTK), 10:30AM – MASS & PREACHING (CTK) & 8:30AM – MASS & PREACHING (SH), 10:00AM – MASS & PREACHING (SH), 7:00PM – RETREAT SERVICE (SH)
MONDAY: 7:00AM – MASS & PREACHING (CTK) & 11:00AM – MASS & PREACHING (SH), 7:00PM – RETREAT SERVICE (SH)
TUESDAY: 7:00AM – MASS & PREACHING (CTK), 7:00PM – RETREAT SERVICE & 11:00AM – MASS & PREACHING (SH)
WEDNESDAY: 7:00AM – MASS & PREACHING (CTK), 7:00PM – CLOSING MASS WITH PREACHING & 11:00AM – MASS & PREACHING (SH)
PARISH ADVENT RETREAT PRAYER
God, Our Father, we offer you praise and thanksgiving for all the many gifts you have given us through Jesus, Your Son. We thank you especially for the Gift of our parish Advent Retreat.
Loving and gracious God, quiet our minds and hearts, that we may be open to the gift of your truth. Grant that our Advent Retreat may be:
A time of Grace for all,
A time of growth for the young,
A time of refreshment for the old,
A time of renewal for families,
A time of healing for the broken,
A time of joy for the sorrowing,
A time of challenge for the complacent,
A time of forgiveness for the sinner,
A time of strength for the holy,
A time of homecoming for those who have been away.
Grant, most loving God that our Advent Retreat may bring down your richest blessings on each and every member of our parish community.
We pray through the intercession of Mary, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, in the name of Jesus who lives with you and the Holy Spirit forever. Amen.