Make plans for early Advent events
Advent ("ad-venio" in Latin or "to come to"), is the beginning of the Church year; this year, beginning Nov. 27. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ's second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord's birth on Christmas.
Advent devotions remind us of the meaning of the season. Special Advent devotions include the lighting of the Advent wreath; the Advent calendar which helps remind us of the season with daily thoughts and activities; Advent prayers that prepare us spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ. The Advent wreath, with a candle marking each week of the season, is a traditional symbol of the liturgical period. Four candles are set in a wreath. One candle is lit each Sunday leading up to Christmas. Some events include:
Dec. 2 to 4
Hush, It's Advent (Silent Retreat) with Sister Celeste Crine at San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost: $235 for a private room and $205 for shared room. Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.
Saturday, Dec. 3
Preparing Our Hearts-Advent Prayer through Art, 9 a.m. to noon in Dominican Center Art Room, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont, (enter off Mission Tierra). $25, RSVP by Nov. 28. Register at http://bit.ly/2016PreparingRHearts or dial 510-933-6360. Presented by Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Center for Education & Spirituality.
O Come, Emmanuel (Silent Christian Meditation Day) with Sister Barbara Hazzard. At San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost is $55 (includes lunch). Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.
Sunday, Dec. 4
A Very Mary Christmas. 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2808 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland. Our Lady of Lourdes Choir and emerging Bay Area vocal ensemble, NovAntiqua, present this benefit concert honoring Mary. Proceeds will go to the Lourdes music ministry and the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or at City Box Office (go to www.cityboxoffice.com/AVeryMaryChristmas or dial 415-392-4400).
Thursday, Dec. 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Advent Day of Renewal) with Father Evan Howard, OFM. At San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville. Cost: $40 (includes lunch). Information/registration: www.sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 315.
Saturday, Dec. 10
A Chanticleer Christmas. 8:15 to 10:15 p.m. at Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. $35 general admission; also reserved, preferred and premium levels. www.chanticleer.org/a-chanticleer-christmas.
Saturday, Dec. 17
Advent Morning Young Adult Get-away with God! Christ's Emptiness Is Our Fullness! 9 a.m. registration, program 9:30 a.m. to noon at Main Parlor, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Motherhouse, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont. All young adults (18-35) are invited. Presenter: Father Anthony Huong Le. 9 a.m. registration and light breakfast. Free will donation. Register online at www.msjdominicans.org or at www.bit.ly/YAAdventMorning or dial 510-502-5797.
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