[We used the] Advent season [as] a time of preparation [to direct] our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas.
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Families Lighting the Way:
Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.
From the earliest days of the Church, people have been fascinated by Jesus’ promise to come back. But the scripture readings during Advent tell us not to waste our time with predictions. Advent is not about speculation. Our Advent readings call us to be alert and ready, not weighted down and distracted by the cares of this world (Lk 21:34-36). Like Lent, the liturgical color for Advent is purple since both are seasons that prepare us for great feast days. Advent also includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting, and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas.- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Advent Small Groups: All parishioners [were] encouraged to join an Advent Small Group to discuss and reflect on the Sunday readings during the preparatory season of Advent. There [was] no cost to participate in this offering. Groups [began] meeting the week of November 28.