In the Waiting Room
The Season of Advent is a time of waiting. We wait for the celebration of Christís birth. But, more importantly, we contemplate his return in glory at the end of time. Our time spent in the waiting room is an opportunity to reflect on both of these mysteries of faith. The colour of Advent is a somber, reflective purple with a flash of rose (pink) on the Third Sunday.
The Advent Wreath
The Church marks the passing of time during the four weeks of Advent by lighting candles on a parish Advent Wreath. Families can create their own with four candles, three purple and one pink, and a circle of festive greenery. One candle is lighted for each new week (the pink on week three). A family Advent Wreath is the perfect focus for family prayer at meal time or before bed.
A Blessing Prayer
God of hope and love, we praise you for sending Jesus, your Son, to save us from our sins and to be the light in our darkness. Bless us as we gather in his name and bless this wreath as a sign of your unending love and of Jesusí presence among us. Keep us watchful in prayer as we await his return in glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Weekday Masses & Novena Prayers
Beginning Monday, June 3, 2013, the weekday Mass schedule will be as follows:
Monday to Friday: 8:15 a.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.
Novena Prayers to Mary Help of Christians will be on Saturday, five minutes before Mass begins.
Novena Prayers to St. Peregrine & Veneration of Relics will be held Thursdays, immediately after Mass.