Advent

Advent Giving Tree

Advent Giving Tree at St. Mary’s The tradition continues: the Advent giving tree is in the vestibule with cards. Each card has a childs name, age and wished-for gifts. Over the next 2 weeks parishioners that are willing to share with those in need, should bring back the wrapped gift, with the card attached. You […]

Our Traditions / Tradiciones – English/Español

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION Before the Second Vatican Council in the mid-1960s, Advent had a strong penitential tone, reminiscent of Lent. From as long ago as the fourth century, some Christians began a solemn fast on St. Martin’s Day, November 11. This “Saint Martin’s Lent” extended all the way to Christmas, and was widely followed in the dioceses of France and […]

4th Sunday of Advent – New Order/Un Orden Nuevo

Fourth Sunday of Advent December 20th, 2015 A NEW ORDER “O, Little Town of Bethlehem.” A Philadelphia clergyman named Phillips Brooks penned these popular words back in the mid-1800s, but the prophet Micah could have used them first. Micah knew that from small packages great treasures come. In today’s first reading, he knew that from […]

Advent and Jubilee Year of Mercy

Besides a new liturgical year, this Advent features an additional “beginning”—next week’s opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, a graced opportunity to contemplate more profoundly and live more concretely the mystery of God’s unconditional love. Pope Francis says that mercy, as the bridge connecting God and the human family, opens our hearts to welcome […]

ADVENT Preparations – December 15th

Please join us, December 15th, in our Advent preparations! The parish will host a Dinner, Talk and Private Confessions for ALL!  At 5:15pm, Dinner will be in St Mary’s Hall At 6pm, we will move to the Church for a talk by Fr John Boettcher, Director of Spirituality for the Diocese of Santa Rosa (he used to play […]