Dear Father | What is the meaning behind the Advent wreath?

Msgr. Matthew Mitas

Q: What is the meaning behind the Advent wreath?

DEAR FATHER | O Antiphons mark great joy that is about to come at Christmas

Q: What are the great ‘O Antiphons’ that I hear about during Advent?

International Nativity sets illustrate diversity, role of Mary for Annunziata students

Annunziata School  students were treated to view nativity sets from around the world which are in a collection from Carol Donelan.  Jebreel Bennis smiled realizing baby Jesus was swinging in a basket hamock.  Schoolmate Abraham Vargas also viewed the nativity set which was made in the country of Laos.

Some children see Him lily white,

The baby Jesus born this night. ...

Some children see Him bronzed and brown,

The Lord of heav'n to earth come down. ...

Some children see Him almond-eyed,

This Savior whom we kneel beside. ....

Some children see Him dark as they,

Sweet Mary's Son to whom we pray.

Advent and Christmas are seasons of great joy

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson gave his thanks during a public reception for retiring Bishop Robert J. Hermann in Boland Hall after celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving Dec. 12. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Last weekend we celebrated Gaudate Sunday. The Latin word gaudete means rejoice. In his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul tells us to rejoice always because the Lord is near. Christians should always be filled with joy, but we rejoice in a special way during the Advent and Christmas seasons because the Lord is near.

What do we mean when we say that the Lord is near?

Advent by Candlelight program helps women focus on ‘reason for the season’

Women pulled English crackers, a British holiday tradition, during the St. Catherine Laboure Advent by Candlelight program Nov. 21 in the parish gym. About 280 women attended the event, a combination candlelight prayer service and social gathering to help women focus on the real meaning of Advent and Christmas, rather than get caught up in the busywork of the season. The English crackers, which make a popping sound when pulled apart, were filled with small gifts.

Advent should be a time of spiritual preparation for the coming of the Christ Child. But for many people, especially women, the next four weeks become an overwhelming job, a constant flurry of shopping, cooking, cleaning and planning, with no time to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas.

Advent by Candlelight, a single-session program for women, provides them the opportunity to join with other women and pause, pray and focus on the spiritual center of the Christmas season, the birth of Christ.

Imperial parishioners go 'tail-lighting' during Advent

The men of St. Joseph’s Parish in Imperial gathered Dec. 12 for an “Advent by Tail-Light.” As the men settled in around the campfire, Cliff Repka (center) quickly opened up his coat to reveal his loyalty to the Nebraska Cornhuskers. With Repka are, left to right, John Kohl, Dick Glore and Mike Basler.

Neither rain, nor cold, nor wind, nor dark of night will keep the men of St. Joseph away from their task — faith and fire, with plenty of food and beverages thrown in.

In a twist on "tailgating," where football fans gather outside before games to drink, eat and converse, the men of St. Joseph Parish in Imperial gathered around several fire pits last Saturday night. They heard a talk by Father Joseph Classen, author of several books about outdoor spirituality and issues pertaining to men living their faith. Then they lingered.

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