The Advent Season is an important time in our liturgical year to prepare us spiritually for the celebration of the Christmas Season, which does not begin until Christmas Eve and continues through the Epiphany of the Lord, (January 5, 2020). It is a challenge for us as Christians to live the Advent Season when the commercialism and materialism of the world around us has already begun to bombard us. Let us strive to make these holidays to be "holy days!"
I encourage you as a family to consider small ways that you can enter into the Advent Season this year. One small way might be to pray the Parish Advent Retreat Prayer daily before and during this Retreat. May the prayerful anticipation of His Advent fill your hearts with the joyful expectation of His Immaculate Virgin Mother.
Another way is to take advantage of our annual Advent Retreat. In English, it will begin on Sunday, December 1st and continue through Wednesday, December 4th, and will be conducted by Rev. Mark Owen, C.Ss.R. Make our Advent Retreat a time when you and your family deepen your faith by listening to extraordinary preaching and participating in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. The Retreat schedule listed on the back of this letter 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 15th through December 18th. Rev. Piotr Chyla, C.Ss.R. will shepherd us toward Christmas. Details will be printed in the bulletin.
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 properly dispose our hearts and adorn our souls for His coming.
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Roman Catholic Parish Life in Manville was and still is an incredible journey of faith that helped us to “REMEMBER OUR PAST; CELEBRATE OUR PRESENT AND SECURE OUR FUTURE”. Thank you to all of you who walk that journey with me, being involved in yearlong events. Have a blessed Advent Season!
Sincerely in Christ the Redeemer,