Sunday, November 30, is the First Sunday of Advent. Advent has a twofold character: as a time to prepare for the solemnity of Christmas when the Son of God’s first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reasons, the season of Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation.
Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and of hope:
• Waiting-memory of the first, humble coming of the Lord in our mortal flesh; waiting-supplication for his final, glorious coming as Lord
You and all members of your family are invited to join us this Thursday morning for our Thanksgiving Day Mass at 8:00 a.m. Since its inception, the catalyst for the initial Thanksgiving was the pilgrims' belief in God's providence. It is reassuring to realize that the core of this holiday continues to remain for most of us the gathering of family and friends for a communal remembrance of God's goodness and blessings during the past year.
A special Thanksgiving Day blessing for your Thanksgiving bread & wine . As bread and wine are the gifts we use in the
Our Annual Christmas Luncheon is a Christmas Tradition. Join the celebration on Friday, December 5, at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club beginning at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $45.00 per person. For the first time this year, the luncheon is open to everyone, so invite your spouse, other family members, and friends.
Make your plans now to be part of the holiday fun! A delicious lunch, a beautiful setting, wonderful people & fabulous prizes! All our parish priests will be there in their Christmas sweaters. Rumor has it that a certain priest may be dressed up as Santa Claus.
We’re approaching that time of year again to help a Family-in-Need celebrate Christmas! All parishioners are invited to participate in OLMC’s 16th Annual ADOPT-A-FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS Program.
You may sign-up as a (1) sponsoring family, or (2) as a group of friends, or (3) solo. When you sign-up you will be given the name of a family-in-need and provided with their individual names, along with their ages and clothing sizes. Your commitment is that you will purchase “actual gifts” (and not just “gift cards”) for each member.
You will be expected to bring your adopted family’s
Chill is in the air and autumn is here - a beautiful time of year with the changing of the colors. Fall anticipates the death of leaves, flowers and grass. We know that winter soon follows, but then comes spring and there is new life again. Similarly with human life: beauty and maturity eventually gives way to death. But like the changing of the seasons, we know that when this life ends, there is another life to come. Do we think about the next life – for ourselves and for our loved ones?
Today is All Souls’ Day, a time to remember and pray for those who have gone before us.
Recent high-profile cases involving professional athletes are bringing attention to the issue of domestic violence. Domestic violence violates the dignity of the human person, and is a threat to our families and communities. Therefore, it demands our attention and Bishop Vann has designated today as Domestic Violence Awareness Sunday.
What is domestic violence? It is behavior that a person uses to control another close to them through fear or intimidation. It can be physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, or economic actions or threats.