Opportunities for Prayer and Reflection This Advent
Saturday, December 2
Our Parish Advent Retreat
Come for a morning of reflection before things get too busy. Let’s look together for a way to celebrate Christmas well in the midst of a challenging year. We begin at 9 am and finish with Mass at Noon. Our work will be to take seriously Isaiah’s prophetic image of the Peaceable Kingdom (Chapter 11: 1-9).
Saturday, December 2 – Sunday, December 3
Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist through the night.
Our annual period of solemn exposition will begin after the 6 pm Vigil Mass on Saturday, December 2, and end with Benediction and Mass by candlelight in the early morning of December 3. In Advent we present God with all the “dead ends” of life and ask for the coming of his Kingdom. To do this, we must see the brokenness of the world and see beyond it in faith and hope. We hope this Night Watch will give everyone the chance to carry out this crucial inner work of the season. Some features of the night to note:
The Blessed Sacrament will exposed on its throne above the High Altar.
The church will be specially illuminated for prayer.
There will be common prayer at the beginning of each hour.
Morning Prayer and Benediction wil be followed by a special “Mass by candle light” in the Dominican Rite, a “Rorate Mass.”
Advent has some of the loveliest sacred music of the year. Please come savor this at two celebrations of Lessons and Carols. On Thursday, December 7, the Vigil of the Immaculate Conception, we will honor the Blessed Mother in Scripture and in music (St. Vincent Ferrer at 7 pm). On Sunday,
December 17, we draw on the witness of the ancient prophets as we prepare more directly for
Christmas (St. Catherine of Siena at 3 pm).
Finally, we will have nine days of prayer before Christmas. During this time we will accompany Mary in her “expectation,” and we will seek her prayers that children everywhere may be safe, not only on Christmas but each day of their lives. Novena services will be at 6 am (Misa de Gallo) at St. Vincent Ferrer,
5:15 pm St. Catherine of Siena, and 6 pm at St. Vincent Ferrer. Novena prayers will be said at all the Masses.