Sunday, Nov. 28 marks the First Sunday of Advent 2021.  It is a season of Hope in the midst of winter.  Advent’s invitation is to slow down, and to create quiet spaces to prepare our hearts for the wonder of the Christmas mystery of Love.

The following are some suggestions to enrich your Advent season.

Waiting In Joyful Hope
Join us online Saturday, November 20, 2021

Now is the time to prepare your heart and mind for the coming of the Messiah. Join some of the nation’s most dynamic Scripture scholars on November 20 for a one-day virtual event that will be streamed via Zoom. This virtual event is free for all registrants! Keep scrolling to register, meet the speakers, and view the schedule. More info/registration

Illuminated 2021
An online Journey into the Heart of Christmas
Led by Jan Richardson
November 28-December 27, 2021

*PLEASE NOTE:  If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an email to Sr. Rosemary O’Brien and let her know.  Do not register yet and do not let the cost be prohibitive as we may be able to secure a significant discount or offer the opportunity at no cost.  

In a chaotic time, the Illuminated retreat will offer a space of elegant simplicity. Intertwining reflection, art, music, and community, this four-week online retreat provides a distinctive opportunity to journey through Advent and Christmas in contemplation and conversation with others along the way.

This online retreat is not about adding one more thing to your holiday schedule. It is about helping you find spaces for reflection that draw you deep into a season that shimmers with mystery and possibility.

Say Yes, As Mary Did: An Advent Retreat
Presented by Sr. Nancy Sylvester, IHM
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
3 P.M. EST

Sr. Nancy Sylvester, IHM, founder and director of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue, will lead us through a one-hour Advent retreat

For more information and to register.

ADVENT JOY: Finding the Rising Star During Times of Uncertainty
Webinar: Tuesday, December 14th | 2:00 p.m. EST 

Advent is a time of preparation for joy that has the possibility of changing our lives. In the midst of the current reality, COVID with its uncertainty illness, and death; Climate change with its catastrophic storms, floods, fires, and displacement; demographic and other changes in religious life, reduced energy, and questionable futures, how do we prepare for joy?

Advent gives us a clue with a rising star that led the wise ones to Emmanuel, God with Us.

Click here for more info/registration.

Rejoice! Finding Your Place in the Advent Story
by Fr. Mark Toups 

An Advent Journal

What does God want this Advent? Simple. He wants you. He wants a personal encounter with you. This year, as we journey through Advent with Rejoice! Finding Your Place in the Advent Story, we’ll learn about the places, people, and events that shaped the story of the very first Advent and shape our own lives today.

Together with the guided meditation videos, this journal will help you to see how the people, places, and events of the first Advent affected Jesus’s story. You will take time to look at the people, places, and events in your own life, to see how the Lord is shaping your story, today.

Rejoice! will help you open your heart to the peace and joy of the Advent season as you prepare for the coming of Jesus this Christmas. 

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!

This Advent season, join Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) in a journey of hopeful preparation through a series of reflections by Catholics working to transform the U.S. criminal legal system.

For each Sunday of Advent (along with some special Holy Days), subscribers receive a short reflection on the day’s Gospel readings delivered to their inbox.
One by one, these transformative stories help us to spiritually prepare for the coming of our Lord.

Click here to sign Up for CMN Advent Reflections.

2020 Advent Reflections with Dan Schutte

A collection of Dan’s Advent Reflections from 2020 that you may enjoy again this year.
Click here.


Please contact Sr. Rosemary if you have any questions. or call 814-397-5001.