Special Character Focus:
Last Sunday we light the second candle on our Advent wreaths at Mass, in our homes and at school. The second candle- Peace. Christmas is entering our world and Advent is the expectant waiting, hopeful anticipation and cheerful preparation of God breaking into our lives in all moments, all places, all times...PAST, FUTURE, PRESENT. Commemorating the birth of Jesus. Preparing for Christ return and Welcoming God into our lives everyday.
This week is the third week of Advent- Joy. Here is an updated display of our foyer with the messages about Advent: "Third Sunday of Advent:Good News for the poor, Christ Our Light is among Us: Change Our Lives".
9th Immaculate Conception of Mary
12th Our Lady of Guadalupe
13th St Lucy
Faith Facts: 2nd Week of Advent – Peace
Two Advent prayers for your home:
Jesus you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. This Advent, as we strive to become the best version of ourselves, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most. Amen.
Heavenly Father, your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us, a great sign of your love. Guide us as we strive to walk in that love together as a family this Advent. As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, bring us closer to each other and to your son. Give us the grace and strength we need every day. Help us to always trust in you. Come, Lord Jesus, lead all people closer to you. Come and dispel the darkness of our world with the light of your love.
Consumer choice is one of our commitments to a more healthy climate and earth. Producing consumer goods requires enormous energy and resources- consider buying one less gift this year. Or instead, gift your time or donate to a cause that serves the most vulnerable; buy with 'cradle to grave' consideration of your purchase-what is it's story .i.e....Material resources: what are they? Production: how much energy/water/fair wages?; End of life: what happens when no longer useful-is it truly biodegradable-can it be returned to the earth... in one year?/1000 years). Gift wrapping: *Avoid foil ribbons and wrapping (fabric ribbons can be time and time again) ; *Save wrapping and ribbons for next year. "Our relationship with God's plan (for the whole of creation) finds its fulfilment in Jesus, who affirms creation by choosing to become a part of that creation..." (Source: L is for Lifestyle- Ruth Valerio). Together in God's Spirit we make the difference.
'Much more is accomplished by a single word of the Our Father said, now and then, from our heart, than by the whole prayer repeated many times in haste and without attention.'
Thank you/Malo 'Aupito
Tua Misiloi Co DRS