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Advent begins
on December 3

Upcoming
Advent Events

Filipino tradition
of Simbang Gabi
kicks off Dec. 14

Spreading an idea: The tenderness revolution


'Blue Christmas'
offers reflective light
in a season that
can be dark

Catholic Cemeteries Remembrance Tree Celebrations


Gift of Giving

'Radical answer' to assisting victims of commercial sexual exploitation

Help aging Sisters, Brothers and priests
in religious orders

Local charities
deliver holiday
season wish lists


Financial Matters

Five questions
to ask before
making gifts


CYO

800 runners participate in CYO championship


Obituaries

Sister Mary
Denis Baldwin, OP

Sister Romona
Nowak, OP


Drive through
prayer — it's
'God on the go'

St. Perpetua
new center triple
size of old hall

'Taking our
faith back'

'We can do
something for those
who have died'


Travel

Message of Fatima
still relevant for
the world today


A museum for
which to be thankful

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Advent

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Advent begins on December 3

Advent ("ad-venio" in Latin or "to come to"), is the beginning of the Church year; this year, beginning Dec. 3. 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 lit candles are set in a wreath. One candle is lit each Sunday leading up to Christmas.

 
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