Advent & Christmas
Advent is a special time when we prepare not only for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, but for the second coming of the Lord. This year, Advent begins December 3rd and continues through Christmas Eve. Because the 4th Sunday of Advent is also Christmas Eve, we will have Masses in the morning of the 24th for Sunday Mass and Masses in the evening for Christmas Eve. Below, you will find information not only about Mass times, but also about our Advent Retreat at Mother Cabrini Shrine, ways to celebrate Advent at home, and activities you can incorporate into your families' Christmas traditions. We hope that you will be able to join us for many of the events and Masses celebrating Advent and Christmas here at St. Joseph's and wish you a very merry Christmas!
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Friday, December 8th
Masses at 8:00 am and 6:00 pm
4th Sunday of Advent Mass
Sunday, December 24th
Mass at 8:00 am and 11:00 am
Sunday, December 24th
Masses at 4:00 pm (Children's Mass), and Midnight
Monday, December 25th
Mass at 8:00 am and 10:00 am
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God
Monday, January 1st
Mass at 10:00 am
Annual Advent Retreat
An Ignatian Retreat on the Mysteries Surrounding Christ's Birth
On this year's retreat, we will learn how to incorporate Ignatian Meditation into our daily prayer life. Using what we learn about Ignatian meditation, we will encounter God through meditating on the mysteries that surround the birth of Jesus in the scriptures. Retreat will include daily mass and Eucharistic Adoration. Space is limited! So sign-up soon using the form below and bring a friend!
When: December 16th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where: Mother Cabrini Shrine (Main Building)
Cost: $20/person* which includes lunch
Online Registration is Closed
Parish Office Closed
The Parish Office will be closed on Friday, December 8th in observance of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th in observance of Christmas, and Monday, January 1st in observance of the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
Celebrating Advent at Home
There are many things you and your family can do at home to celebrate Advent. One of the most popular ways is to have an Advent wreath. These small wreaths can be placed on a table and have four candles (3 purple or white and 1 rose). Each Sunday one of the candles is lit and special prayers are said. Please click here for an Advent wreath blessing and here or here for prayers to say when lighting the candles each Sunday. This is a wonderful tradition to share with friends and family along with a dinner or potluck.
Another popular way to joyfully prepare for Christmas is with an Advent Calendar. You can purchase an Advent calendar with treats or special pictures behind doors that are opened each day of Advent, or click here for a spiritual Advent calendar prepared by the USCCB. These calendars help us count down to Christmas. You can also use a Jesse Tree, a decorative tree that uses stories from the Bible to help build anticipation for Christmas. You can learn more about Jesse Trees here.
Advent is a great time to give through almsgiving and acts of mercy. We will have a giving tree set-up in the Gathering Area at Church for parishioners to purchase gifts for families in need, but you can also volunteer at nursing homes or soup kitchens, visit the sick in hospitals, or invite friends who don't have family nearby to share in the holidays with you.
Many Catholics also pray the O Antiphons, taken from the Liturgy of the Hours, for the eight days leading up to Christmas. You can find these beautiful prayers here.
Lastly, after your Christmas tree is decorated you can bless it using the blessing found here and bless your creche or nativity scene (ideally on the vigil of Christmas) using the blessing found here.