From the Pastor
Advent 2017 - 2nd Week of Advent12-10-2017Fr. Don Kline, V.F.
THE ADVENT CALENDAR
The Advent calendar or Adventhaus began in Scandanavia and Germany, especially in the regions of the Palatinate and Hesse. Its purpose is to help children become aware of the expectancy of Advent. Sometimes the Advent calendar is a picture of a house with 23 small windows and 1 large window that are opened to reveal the tiny religious symbols, icons and pictures behind them. Another variation is to construct a Jacob's Ladder that leads step by step to the day of Christ's birth. Every morning or every evening before bedtime, the child opens a window, behind which appears a star, an angel, a manger or some other picture appropriate to the Advent season. (If there are several children in the family, the privilege of opening the windows rotates from one to another.) An appropriate bible verse can serve as a caption to the picture. On the 23rd, all twenty-three small windows are open; the big window remains closed until Christmas Eve, when it is opened to reveal the Holy Child in the manger. When all the windows are opened, stand the calendar in form of a lamp or window. The light will shine through the paper, giving the little house a Christmas glow.READ MORE
Events & Announcements
The Knights of Columbus are having a “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest for boys and girls ages 5-14. See the Knights table in the courtyard after Mass for poster paper and instructions. Prizes will be given to the top three finishers in each age group (5-7, 8-10, 11-14). Turn in completed posters and registration forms to the collection box located in the church office by Dec 15.
Jan 1 is not a Holy Day of Obligation in the U.S. this year. Join us for Mass at 8:30am. *No 6:30pm Mass today.