Scripture and Prayer
Advent Reflection Resources
You have various booklets to choose from! Determine 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 day...it 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..
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.
Saturdays, Dec. 23 & 30, 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.
Pray for Vocations
Pope Francis: “I ask parish communities, associations, and the many prayer groups present in the Church, not to yield to discouragement but to continue praying that the Lord will send workers into his harvest. May he give us priests and religious enamored of the Gospel, close to all their brothers and sisters living signs of God’s merciful love.”
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.