Advent – PEACE is available!
It is easy just to think of Advent as a time to prepare for Christmas. That, however, is not the point. We look to Christmas during Advent because it reminds us God is at work in the world, Advent is a time to notice that God’s work is not yet complete. Jesus states in Revelation 21:5, “behold I am making all things new.” Are we open to the renewal of God in our own lives? Have we set our eyes on our relationship with God? The answer to that question for all of us is often no. Thankfully we have Advent, which refocuses our lives on the great hope we have, and the call to love that beckons us each day.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM Mass in Saint Bridget Church followed by a light supper and a mini- retreat ending at 9:00PM
Admission: Free and open to all. Please RSVP to Kathy Piggott at 860 643-2403 ext. 105, or at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, Dec.18.
Description: Not everyone experiences the holidays as a time of joy and cheer. When you just aren’t able to feel the joy of the season, it can feel as though you are the only one struggling this time of year. It can feel as if you should just be able to turn off your feelings of grief, loneliness, worry, fear, and just be happy. This is a time to acknowledge pain and loss and to discover the hope and love of our compassionate God. Join us for meditative music, prayer, and a quiet space for comfort and support. A light supper will be served in the cafeteria after Mass followed by a mini-retreat titled God Knows You Are Grieving.
Thursday, December 14
5:45- 6:30 Supper
6:30 –8:30PM Saint Bartholomew Father Hussey Hall.
It will begin with a light supper followed by Vespers (evening prayer) and a retreat led by Sister Mariette Moan CSJ.
Admission: Free and open to all. If you will be joining us for supper, please RSVP to Kathy Piggott at 860 643-2403 ext. 105, or at email@example.com no later than Monday, Dec.11.
Description: Christmas is Beautiful and Stressful. It was for Mary and Joseph and it is for us. Come and learn how the experiences of Mary and Joseph can help us with our lives and our connection with God. Sr. Mariette will use music and art to enhance our retreat time.
Sunday December 10th
Saint James Church
Pope Francis says, "Everyone say to himself: ‘When was the last time I went to confession?’ And if it has been a long time, don’t lose another day! Go, the priest will be good. And Jesus, (will be) there, and Jesus is better than the priests - Jesus receives you. He will receive you with so much love! Be courageous, and go to confession,” urged Pope Francis.
You’re asked to give six of those 1,440 minutes to prayer for the next 43 days. This Little Book will be your companion, and you can take it with you wherever you wish. You can write in it, tear out a page and put it in your pocket or mail it to friends or family members and have a sense of praying with them. The left-hand page is like a buffet table with a variety of thoughts about the Advent and Christmas seasons, the feast of the day, or various traditions and customs. The key is the right-hand page where we’ll reflect on the first reading assigned for the Mass each day. This will give many people a chance to reflect on and pray passages from the Old Testament that they may have seldom heard proclaimed or preached about at liturgy.
Remember getting ready for Christmas as a child? From decorating the tree to baking cookies, each moment brought you excitement and joy. Preparing for Christmas can be as joyful as it was then. Don’t let this be another Advent where you get distracted and busy. Rediscover the joy in the season with Best Advent Ever, a free email program that will help you prepare for Christmas in a way that will allow you to have a Christmas as memorable and joyful as when you were a child. You will receive short inspirational video, practical tips, and real life stories of hope. Get ready for the best Christmas of your life! Sign up at DynamicCatholic.com/advent. The emails will begin on December 3rd, the First Sunday of Advent.
Wednesday Dec. 6 and Dec. 20
Saint Bartholomew Meeting Room
10:00-11:30 AM or 7:00-8:30 PM.
The Christmas story seems very familiar to us, we have heard it since we were children. This Advent you are invited to go deeper into the story. Reading from the gospels of Matthew and Luke, we will revisit the Annunciation and the Incarnation (Jesus becoming human). What do those events say about us and say about God? Joe Marcucio will be the presenter. Joe is a long time parishioner of St Bartholomew and former RCIA coordinator. He has a great love of scripture and is an engaging presenter.