Happy New Year! Advent marks the beginning of a new Church Year. It is a season of anticipation and expectation. For children who may be opening a window of an Advent calendar each day Advent, these days may seem like an eternity. For most of us adults, however, the time will fly by all too quickly.
As we begin this season of grace, it is important to have goals and a plan to achieve these goals. We ask God for the grace to experience an ‘intentional’ Advent this year in which our spiritual preparation doesn’t get lost in a flurry of other activities. There are many special and beautiful activities that fill our days in the weeks before Christmas, but Advent and Christmas are profoundly and primarily spiritual events.
As part of embarking on an ‘intentional’ Advent, I invite all of us to include three spiritual ways of preparing for Christmas and to place these ways on our calendar now. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the three spiritual ways of preparing for Christmas to which I invite all parishioners are:
Faithful participation at Sunday Mass all four Sundays of Advent. (No excuses).
Preparation for and celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Don’t forget that the Sacrament will be available at Christ the King from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. each Sunday of Advent).
One hour of Adoration on one of the four Sundays of Advent. Just as stores are open extra hours before Christmas, our Blessed Sacrament Chapel will be open extra hours).
May God grant us a peaceful, prayerful and intentional Advent!
See you at Mass!