Faith Formation Reflections and Resources

Periodically, reflections and resources will be posted here which are intended to enhance the faith experience of our parishioners. Please feel free to contact our pastoral associate, Leo Racine, at 508-528-0020 or with any comments or questions.

Advent and Christmas

11-29-2023  |  

The liturgical season of Advent begins on December 3rd.  It’s a short season this year, having only three full weeks, as the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 24th, is also Christmas Eve. In Advent, we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ first coming to our world, his Incarnation, on Christmas Day. In addition, we remind ourselves of our need to “be alert” for Jesus’ second coming at the end of time; the gospel on the First Sunday of Advent contains Jesus’ warning to us to be on the watch. And finally, during Advent we are especially aware of Jesus’ presence with us in our daily lives and in our Eucharist; we can truly say that we celebrate Emmanuel, God with us!