First Sunday in Advent

First Sunday in Advent

This weekend we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent, marking the beginning of the new liturgical year. In the Gospel reading below, Jesus speaks of being prepared: “…for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” During the season of Advent, we are called to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at the Christmas feast.

The Christmas rush has already begun in the secular world, but as Catholic Christians, we are invited to slow down and spend time in prayer, giving to others rather than seeking to buy or receive more. We are reminded to stay focused on the true reason for the Advent season.

During the Advent season, we will be celebrating numerous liturgies together as a school community. During the coming week, on Tuesday, the fifth and sixth grade students will participate in an Advent Penance Service. The following week will include Penance Services for seventh and eighth grade students, as well as third and fourth grade students.  On Friday of the coming week, we will celebrate a school Mass at 9:00 a.m. during which the classroom Advent wreaths will be blessed.  Family and friends are invited to join us.

May God bless your family as we enter into the holy season of Advent.

Gospel - Matthew 24: 37-44

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”