Advent is a time of hope, reflection, anticipation and preparation for all of us who await the Light coming into the world. Advent is a time of longing for all who are Christians as we await the coming Incarnation Feast (the Birth of the Christ.) The Season of Advent, as well as the feasts and festivals of all the other great world religions is based on the seasons, the rhythms and movement of nature, the positioning of the sun, moon and stars.
For those of Jewish faith, it is a time of the eight day festival of lights set at the darkness of the moon called Hanukkah.
In the Zen Buddhist tradition, this is a time of Rohaste or Bodhi Day, the enlightening of all human beings. Advent is the Taoist festival of reflection and renewal, Ta Chin. Hopefully, we will take the time from the busyness of our holiday preparations to consider our spirits. What is our relationship to Earth, Heart and Home? Let us keep our priorities clear as to what is important and prepare our hearts to celebrate the Feast and Season of Christmas.
Advent & Christmas Theme:
Our theme for these seasons is “LOVE THAT BECKONS.” We are being drawn to that place where love truly exists and where we can find the inner peace that this special season of celebration and memories offers to us. Love is beckoning, calling, inviting us to the crib, to the manger for the opportunity to find Christ in our hearts and in our lives. May we answer that call by opening our hearts and letting go of those things that continue to hold us back from experiencing the true meaning of this season.
- Share the Spirit of the Season: We are asking everyone to share that spirit with all of our parishioners in nursing homes, personal care homes, assisted living facilities and the home-centered elderly by sending them a note or card. You can reachout to one or all, those you know or don’t know. Love beckons us not to forget them!!
- HOO! HOO! HOO! (Helping Our Own): With so many of our parishioners being laid off from their jobs this year, we thought it is time to Help Our Own. If you know of someone who has lost their job, let Fr. Dennis know. We are asking our parishioners to make a monetary donation, mail to the rectory or drop in the collection. Mark the envelope (Helping Our Own.) The contributions will purchase gift cards and be sent to our parishioners who have been laid off or lost their job. Love beckons us to care for those less fortunate, even those sitting near you.