Adult Faith Sharing

Advent Reflection Resources

You have various booklets to choose from!  Find out which might be best for you or your family by reading the following brief descriptions. 


Between Darkness and Light: Daily reflections for our Advent journey from the darkness of ourselves and our world into the Christmas light of Christ. Christ comes to us many ways, bidden and unbidden, in darkness and in light.

Preparing For Perfect Joy: Daily reflections, prayers and action activities that help and support parents as they shepherd their children to the manger in Bethlehem—and the perfect joy of life in Christ.

The ACT of Advent: For teens & young adults. The ACT is a college readiness assessment taken by over 1.5 million high school students each year.  In Advent we are preparing for Jesus' birth as well as his second coming. How are we doing with our Advent readiness? Are we prepared? Are we ready for the tests that will come by following Christ? Are we ready to ACT and serve those around us?

Little Blue Book: Six-minute reflections on the first part of Matthew’s Gospel a little bit at a time and a “buffet table” about the Advent and Christmas seasons, feasts, traditions and customs. This “little book” can change your can change your life.

The Word Among Us: Offers daily meditations and inspirational stories with theme “Do You See What I See?”, and special features, including one on Pope John XXIII.


Sunday Scripture Prayer and Study

Wednesdays, Dec. 20 & 27, 7:00pm, 

Conference Room

These sessions will be a time to pray, study, and discuss the upcoming Sunday Mass readings. Fr. Krettek will prepare a copy of the text of the readings and a set of study notes for the session and email them to anyone who would like to receive them, even those who will not be at the session itself.  To receive these notes, please send an email to Fr. Krettek.


Meditative Prayer Time

Saturdays, Dec.  23 & 30 

from 8:00-9:00am, Office Area

We  gather  with Fr. Dan Krettek for an hour of prayer time using three methods of prayer; the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, the prayerful reading of sacred scripture; St. Ignatius of Loyola’s practice of the daily Examen, the prayerful review of our daily experiences; and Centering Prayer, one method of the prayer of silence within our Christian tradition of contemplative prayer. 


We’re Responding to Pope Francis

In his encyclical On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis calls upon the whole world to change lifestyles to care for creation and poor and vulnerable people.  Parishioners have gathered to determine how to respond to Pope Francis’ call and have decided to begin by distributing information about how we can reduce our own solid waste.  Our Religious Education Program is organizing an Everyday is Earth Day Leadership Team to bring the Pope’s message to life for our children.  See “Upcoming Events” on our On Care for Our Common Home page for a summary of all the ideas currently being considered.

For Mother Teresa, Jesus and his sacrifice were the very heart of her life and mission.  She had the courage to show the world “the real face of Jesus” the one who walked among the lepers, prostitutes, and outcasts.  The Jesus who healed the sick and gave the disheartened hope, the one who stood up to injustice and hatred and who countered hate with love every time.  Her legacy, as recognized in her canonization, is having made Jesus real to everyone who met her.  A brochure is available in the vestibule if you would like more information on Saint Teresa of Calcutta.