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Advent Calendar of Events

SATURDAY,  DEC. 9, 9:00-11:00 AM Advent Morning of Prayer and Retreat. Join Mary Abinante for this reflective and prayerful retreat focusing on Advent.

SUNDAY, DEC. 10, 7:00 PM Young Adult Wine and Social. Join young adults (18-40) in the community for a relaxed evening of wine and fellowship.

SUNDAY,  DEC. 10, 8:00 PM Advent Night Prayer The perfect end to the day: a candlelit, restful evening with the Liturgy of the Hours.

TUESDAY,  DEC. 12, 7:00 PM Advent Taizé Service and Our Lady of Guadalupe Come celebrate Our Lady within the context of a candlelit evening of prayer followed by a reception.

FRIDAY,  DEC. 15, 6:30 PM Advent Cooking Class with Jesson Mata. Learn some time-tested cooking tips for holiday cooking like how to make a mirepoix to enliven your most treasured dishes. Everyone is welcome, including moms and dads.

WEDNESDAY,  DEC. 20, 7:30 PM Advent Penance Service Join the entire community plus two other parishes for an evening of reflection and confessions with meditative music.

THURSDAY,  DEC. 21, 7:00 PM “Simbang Gabi” or “Night Mass” Join the Filipino community for a festive night imbued with cultural traditions and food from the Philippines

Advent: Wait, Watch, and Wonder

The Gift of Advent by Mary Abinante, Pastoral Associate 

Next week we begin a new Church year and the season of Advent, a particular gift of our Catholic tradition. Much of the culture around us will be rushing headlong into Christmas, but we recognize two separate but complementary seasons, Advent and Christmastime.

Our observance of Advent, with its quiet, reflective waiting and watching, is very different from the hectic activity of the secular season. Advertisements would lead us to believe that what we do makes or breaks Christmas; we have to make it happen. Our frenetic preparation seems all important. As people of faith, we are challenged to focus not so much on what we do but on what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do for us. Through our celebration of Advent, we open ourselves to God preparing us for Christ’s coming:

  • in the past — Jesus was born into the world, a day we remember for its significance for history and spirituality.
  • in the present — as Jesus appeared to the first frightened disciples after his death on the cross, so he continues to live in the lives and hearts of believers today.
  • in the future— the coming of the Lord at the end of time. In fact, the liturgy of Advent tells the story of Christ’s coming backward, beginning with this final coming.

This year the scriptures of the Advent season invite us to three actions or attitudes:

Wait: Throughout Advent we wait in joyful expectation of the coming of the Lord. In a world where so much is instantaneous, this season calls us to practice patience. We know that Christ came into our world that long-ago night in Bethlehem. But the kingdom he came to inaugurate is a long way from fulfillment, leaving us to experience it in the state some theologians call “already and not yet”. The prophets and John the Baptist remind us what God’s kingdom looks like: straight paths, mountains made low and valleys raised, mercy and justice, when “all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Our Advent waiting is active, as we prepare the way for the presence of Jesus now and in the fullness of time.

Watch: In the gospel for the First Sunday of Advent, Jesus tells his disciples to stay awake, to be constantly on watch. Our Advent call is also to watch. Our lives are filled with demands for our attention, from daily responsibilities to the lure of advertising or cultural norms which promise happiness, wealth, or power. Without judgment, in the midst of all of this, Jesus asks us to be constantly on watch – for his presence in our lives and in our world, for the truth, for those who need us to be their voice or the hand of God.

Wonder: It is no accident that children are the face of Christmas, because they are filled with wonder. But as adults, we have heard the story so many times; we have seen dreams of peace die; we doubt that we can make a difference. Advent invites us to open ourselves to wonder: at God’s unconditional love for each of us, expressed in presence in every moment of our lives; at the mystery of the Incarnation: that God became one of us, and, in the words of our liturgy, “gives our mortal nature immortal value”; at the promise of hope for peace and justice for all the earth.

Mary is a perfect image for Advent. For the first coming of Jesus, she waited for his birth – a mystery she could not comprehend but accepted because of her deep faith and  her knowledge of all the ways that God had been with her people through generations. In his growing up and in his ministry, she watched – and followed as his first disciple, learning from him as he learned from her. And she wondered, which allowed God to work through her to advance the plan of salvation: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior. (Luke 1:46)

Let us take the time to enjoy this special season. Not only will we be enriched by its gifts as we go along, we will probably experience its fruits even more in the Christmas season to come. May our gathering and celebrating together overflow into our daily lives and help to prepare a way for Christ in our world.

Prayer for Texas

The St. Raymond Parish community prays in unity with the entire Christian Church. We pray for the repose of the souls of the victims of the massacre at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. May God console us in our time of need and may we always strive to bring light to the world, especially amidst such horrific violence.

The staff at St. Raymond Parish invite and encourage you to visit our church and light a candle throughout the day. We also invite you for a prayer service tonight, November 6, 2017, from 6:00-7:00 pm. We will have a quiet, reflective time in front of the Blessed Sacrament. You may come in for a few minutes or stay for the entire Holy Hour.

Below, you will find a prayer card with various prayers and scriptural passages for your use so that you may enjoin your prayers with the entire community even if you are unable to come to church. We pray in solidarity wherever we are in the world.

Prayer Card

Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can be of help to you and your families. Contact us at liturgy@straymondmp.org.

All Saints/All Souls Celebrations

OCT. 31, VIGIL OF ALL SAINTS, AT 7:30 PM

On “All Hallows Eve,” that is, the Vigil of All Saints, we will have a candlelit evening of chanted Night Prayer, readings from the Saints, and the Litany, followed by drinks and merriment to commemorate this great feast! Please note the Vigil will follow the 6:00 pm Mass.

NOV. 2, ALL SOULS TAIZÉ, AT 7:30 PM

The feast of All Souls will be celebrated this year on Thursday, November 2. We will have a candlelit Taizé service with special readings and prayers to commemorate the dead. As is our custom, we will collect the names of those you wish to remember and place them at the altar for the month of November where they will be a constant part of our prayer as a community. On the tables by the doors of the church there are cards on which to write the names of your beloved deceased as well as envelopes should you desire to make a contribution in their memory.

(Click on the image for a video on Taize)

 

Ministries with Children

Do you enjoy children? Do you hope that they will

“catch the fire” of our faith? Perhaps you have a

calling to be involved in a ministry with children.

Please take a few moments to pray and look into

the options:

Religious Education for Children: meets on

Sunday mornings between Masses. We need

assistant catechists, subs, general help with setup

and logistics, and more! Contact the office

or jensanchez@straymondmp.org.

 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word: meets during the

first half of Mass. It is an opportunity for children to

hear the readings from a children’s Bible and

discuss them at their level. We need leaders,

readers, song leaders and individuals who would sit

with a small group of children to discuss

the readings with provided questions. Contact the

office or debbiepinkston79@gmail.com

Lots of training, support and

goodies provided for all!

Goodbye Tailgate Party for Fr. Christopher

Goodbye to Fr. Christopher

Don’t forget to come to Fr. Christopher’s farewell party this Sunday, June 11 from 11am-2pm

We’re throwing a tailgate party!  We’ll provide the hot dogs and drinks; you provide side dishes, chips, or desserts to share.  Bring camp chairs or blankets to spread out on the field, and come have a great time with family and friends.  (And don’t worry, Fr. Christopher will still be here until the end of the month.)