Each of us grew up with a different way of counting down the days to Christmas. Some families listened to Christmas music by day and watched Christmas movies each night. Other families lit the purple and pink candles of an Advent Wreath week after week until it is almost Christmas. Some of us slowly opened one door at a time on a family advent calendar. Whatever your tradition, the waiting in anticipation of the celebration of Jesus’ birth was one of the great joys of childhood.
In our HNOJ family, we mark the days in waiting for Jesus to come by processing candles and incense in the dark and prayerfully placing them in our large Advent Wreath. We anxiously wait for Jesus to appear in our nativity scene in the corner of our sanctuary. As we sing quietly, wait for Jesus, and witness the lone candle shining in the darkness, we are reminded that no matter how dark things might see, the Light of the World is coming.
We welcome you to experience Advent and Christmas festivities at our parish and school throughout the month of December.
Advent Season Schedule 2023
Saturdays 8:30 a.m.
Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m.
First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 3
Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 10
Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 17
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 24
Masses for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
Saturday, Dec. 23, at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 24, at 9 a.m.
Holy Day of Obligation
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Friday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Christmas Season Schedule
Sunday, Dec. 24
4 p.m. – two concurring liturgies
6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Join us for caroling before each Mass
Monday, Dec. 25
Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24, 2023
4 p.m. Mass in the Church – School Choir with Handbell Choir (Piano and Organ)
4 p.m. Mass in the GSC– Sunday Evening Band (Guitars, Keyboard and Drums)
6 p.m. Mass in the Church – Sunday Evening Band (Guitars, Keyboard and Drums)
10 p.m. Mass in the Church – HNOJ Choir, String quartet, flute, oboe, tympany, piano, organ
Christmas Day - Monday, Dec. 25
9:30 a.m. Mass in the Church – Contemporary Choir (Piano and Guitars)
Join us for a 15-minute prelude before Mass
Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God
Monday, Jan. 1, at 9:30 a.m.
School Christmas Break
Thursday, Dec. 21 – Tuesday, Jan. 2
Parish Offices Closed
Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 25-26
Monday, Jan. 1
Advent Daily Email
Below are Chris Kostelc's top pics for Advent resources:
Hallow App - Pray 25 challenge
Dynamic Catholic - Best Advent Ever
Word on Fire - Bishop Barron’s Daily Advent Reflections
USCCB Advent Calendar
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