Archive for month: December, 2019
“Gaudete in Domino semper! Rejoice in the Lord always!” (Phil. 4)
On Sunday we celebrate, Gaudete Sunday, which receives its name from the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians quoted in the Entrance Antiphon. It is also “Bambino Sunday.” I want to encourage everyone to bring the Christ Child from your manger scene to Mass this weekend and place it before the parish manger scene. During Mass all the images of the Christ Child will receive a special blessing as we continue our final Advent preparations for Christmas. It is also a beautiful way to connect your family crèche with the parish crèche. There is another wonderful Catholic custom at Christmas Mass: after Christmas Mass “going in haste to Bethlehem” as did the shepherds and making a visit to the parish crèche and taking a piece of straw and then placing it in your family crèche at home. As I have mentioned at Mass, your home is meant be a “domestic church”… a place of prayer and praise and adoration of God as is the Cathedral building itself. These beautiful Catholic customs help to make that connection. So be sure to bring the Christ Child from your family manager scene for the “Bambino Blessing” this weekend!
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During the Holiday Season, it is easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of it all. Advent is the time for quiet preparation of our hearts for the coming of the Lord. Take some time to enter more deeply in the the Season of Advent with some of these tools:
You can download a PDF of our Catholic Family Guide for a Holy and Advent and Christmas Season. It has lots of fun Advent devotions, prayers and also prayers and information on Christmastide devotions. Click Here!
Sign up for a Holy Hour on the board in the Lower Cathedral. Additional Confessions during Advent on Wednesday evening 4,11 & 18 December.
Monsignor Brovey will be offering classes on Thursday 5 & 12 December at 7pm on the Infancy Narratives. He will be using the book by Pope Benedict XVI: Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives.
Some of the topics explored:
Who are all those strange names listed in St.Matthew’s genealogy? Was Our Lord really born on 25 December? Why is there an ox and a donkey in manger scenes? What do we know about the star of Bethlehem? Who were the Magi – Wise Men? It is sure to be a very interesting discussion!
Running Christmas Errands? Need a good family movie? Make sure you take advantage of your free subscription to FORMED. Audio books, Catholic talks, and movies available streaming on the FORMED app and online!