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.
There will be a sign up for Christmas Masses. Please check back for updates.
Christmas Mass Times 2020
A note about incense
We will be using incense at the 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday Liturgies during the season of Advent. For those with sensitivities, you may wish to consider joining us at our 5:00 p.m. (Sat.) and 8:30 a.m. Liturgies where we will refrain from using any incense.
Incense will be used at the 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Christmas Eve Masses. There will be no incense at the 3 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass, nor the 9:30 a.m. Christmas Day.
Advent Daily Email
Below are Chris Kostelc's top three pics for Advent daily emails:
Dynamic Catholic - Best Lent Ever
Word on Fire - Bishop Barron’s Daily Advent Reflections
Augustine Institute - The Road to Bethlehem
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USCCB Advent Calendar