Advent & Sacramental Preparation

The Time is Now!
 
First Sunday of Advent
the Gospel reading speaks with great urgency – Be prepared! Beware! Keep Alert! Stay Awake!  For you do not know when the Master of the house will come. [Mark 13]

What is it that you’re waiting for? Preparing for?   For me, the Advent Season reminds me to center, to be still, to listen, to be mindful of  glimpses of God’s grace, of hope stirring in the hearts of those whom I encounter.

As we enter into this season of waiting, of hope, let us pause to reflect, what might Jesus be inviting us to ponder this Advent?  What areas of our lives are in need of enlightenment? Where does Jesus need to come into our lives to bring hope or healing?

And during this sacramental process: What is Jesus asking of our children as they continue to prepare to celebrate their first Reconciliation? During this season of Advent, what can we do to help them prepare for encountering Jesus at Christmas, and in the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

This weekend we light our first candle of the Advent Wreath. My prayer, may each little candle burn brightly throughout this season of darkness to light.  

Be Prepared, Stay Awake, Be Alert, here’s what we can do:

  • Spend some quiet time together around the Christmas Tree and/or Advent Wreath, and be present to one another in story, and song.
  • Watch a Christmas Show together – Grinch who Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Christmas Story, It’s A Wonderful Life… Ask your child, “What would you do if you were there?”
  • Talk about situations in the family, at work, at school, or in the neighborhood that call for empathy and compassion.
  • Celebrating Penance preparation packets, that were distributed during the second parent meeting could be used as wonderful ritual with your child during this Season of Advent. I am available to assist you with the packets if needed.
  • Come and gather with St. Nick’s Parish Community for the Holiday Fest this weekend. A visit with St. Nicholas and the tree lighting ceremony takes place this evening at 7 p.m.
  • Let us pray for our children, our families, communities and the world that we may be the bearers of light and reconciliation.

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