With the Spirit at our side, and mindful of the Blessed Mother, we follow God's will and the teachings of Jesus Christ, especially through Sunday Worship and the care of parishioners for one another and by connecting life and faith on a regular basis.
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Catholic Charities of St. Louis has provided the following list of Advent Resources
Long Expected Jesus
Advent has a twofold character, for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnity of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered, and likewise a time when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ's Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reasons, Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight.
The liturgical color for Advent is purple, just like Lent—as both are seasons that prepare us for great feast days. Also Advent (like Lent) includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas. This penitential dimension is expressed through the color purple, but also through the restrained manner of decorating the church and altar: "During Advent the floral decoration of the altar should be marked by a moderation suited to the character of this time of year, without expressing in anticipation the full joy of the Nativity of the Lord. Also the use of the organ and other musical instruments should be marked by a similar moderation."
The third Sunday of Advent is called "Gaudete" Sunday (coming from the Latin word meaning "Rejoice") and the liturgical color may be rose instead of purple. This is the Church's way of further heightening our expectation as we draw ever nearer the Solemnity of Christmas.
Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the General Roman Calendar
The Season of Advent is a time of longing and hope, longing and hoping that the presence of Jesus Christ in our midst will bring God's peace to a troubled world, longing and hope that the world we share will move forward to the final establishment of God's Kingdom in Christ.
We offer our parish family the following resources to enhance our time of longing and hope:
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