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Advent and a month dedicated to the Immaculate Conception
The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, which is celebrated on December 8 (the feast has been transferred to December 9 this year). The first 24 days of December fall during the liturgical season known as Advent and are represented by the liturgical color purple. The remaining days of December mark the beginning of the Christmas season. The liturgical color changes to white or gold — a symbol of joy, purity and innocence.
Advent is a time of to develop the spirituality of waiting. We join the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the ancients as they awaited the coming of the promised Messiah. The liturgy of Advent focuses on remembering Christ's first coming at Bethlehem which then directs our mind to Christ's Second Coming at the end of time. The readings focus on the people of the Old Testament awaiting the Messiah, John the Baptist, heralding the way for Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary and her maternal preparations.
The main Feasts of Advent are St. Francis Xavier (December 3), St. John Damascene (December 4), St. Nicholas (December 6), Immaculate Conception (December 9), St. Juan Diego (December 9), St. Damascus (December 11), Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12), St. Lucy (December 13), St. John of Kanty (December 23), Christmas Day (December 25), St. Stephen (December 26), St. John the Evangelist (December 27), St. Thomas Becket (December 29), St. Sylvester I (December 31).
Christmastide begins with the First Vespers (Evening Prayer) of Christmas on December 24th and ends on the Sunday after Epiphany. Christmas and Easter are the only solemnities with octaves attached in the revised calendar. The Christmas octave differs from Easter in that it includes some major feasts: St. Stephen (December 26), St. John the Evangelist (December 27), and Holy Family. The octave closes on January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
The feasts of St. Ambrose (December 7), St. John of the Cross (December 14) and St. Peter Canisius (December 21) are superseded by the Sundays of Advent. The feast of Holy Innocents (December 28) is superseded by the Feast of the Holy Family.
The Reason for the Season
The month of December is filled with expectation and celebration. Preparation is the key word for the first 24 days of December. Everyone is getting ready for Christmas — shopping and decorating, baking and cleaning. Too often, however, we are so busy with the material preparations that we lose sight of the real reason for our activity.
Christmas is a Christian feast — and we must reclaim it as such! In the same way that a family eagerly prepares for a baby, so in Advent should we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child. We should keep Advent as a season of waiting and longing, of conversion and of hope and keep our thoughts on the incredible love and humility of our God in taking on the flesh of the Virgin Mary. Let us not forget to prepare a peaceful place in our hearts wherein our Savior may come to dwell.
The best person we can turn to for help during Advent is Mary, Christ's and our Mother. She awaited the day of His birth with more eagerness than any other human being. Her preparation was complete in every respect. Let's crown our preparation and borrow something of Mary's prayerfulness, her purity and whole-hearted submission to God's will.
The Holy Father's Intentions for December 2014
- Christmas, hope for humanity. That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
- Parents. That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.
The Year of Consecrated Life
The Year of Consecrated Life, announced by Pope Francis, begins on the first Sunday of Advent 2014 and runs through February 2016. Resources will be available on the diocesan website and Facebook page for individuals, parishes, and others who wish to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. The resources and special events will provide an opportunity to see how men and women religious live.
Ascension Church Holiday Train Display
Dec 19 — 5:30-8:30pm
Dec 20 — 12:00-4:30pm & 6:00-8:30pm
Dec 23 & Dec 26 — 5:30-8:30pm
Dec 27 — 12:00-4:30pm & 6:00-8:30pm
Dec 28 — 9:00am-1:00pm & 5:00-8:30pm
Monetary donations will be accepted for Crafton-Ingram Food Bank!
Christmas Bake Sale at Good Samaritan Parish
Sat, Dec 20 & Sun, Dec 21, 9:00am-2:00pm
To place your order call 9 am till noon only 724-266-5742 or 724-869-7677. Day of Sale only: 724-266-6010. Nut rolls, poppyseed rolls, apricot rolls. Frozen potato/cheese pierogi, $8.00 per dozen (limited supply). All orders must be received by Tue, Dec 16, 12:00pm.
Protecting God's Children Workshop
Mon, Jan 19, 6:30pm
St. Anne Parish (Pittsburgh/Castle Shannon) 400 Hoodridge Dr., School Chapel on Willow Ave.
Contact: Leigh Ann Petulla at 412-561-0101 ONLINE REGISTRATION PREFERRED!
Rachel's Vineyard Weekend Retreat for Post-Abortion Healing
Fri, Jan 23 - Sun, Jan 25
Rachel’s Vineyard, a weekend retreat designed to heal the emotional and spiritual wounds of abortion, will be held Jan 23-25 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park. In a confidential and supportive atmosphere, Rachel’s Vineyard demonstrates God’s love, forgiveness, and compassion to women and men struggling with abortion’s aftermath. Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Pittsburgh co-sponsor this retreat. To register or for more information, call Toni Jester at 412-352-5348. Registration information is also available at www.ccpgh.org.
Protecting God's Children Workshop
Thu, Jan 25, 6:30pm
SS. John & Paul Parish (Sewickley), Upper Hall of Cardinal DiNardo Center, 2586 Wexford Bayne Rd.
Contact Krissy Brown 724-935-2104, x 228, ONLINE REGISTRATION PREFERRED!
Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
May 26 to Jun 4, 2015
Spiritual Directors: Rev. Joseph M. Mele, Rev. Kim J. Schreck
For more information please call Cathy Howe at 412-278-4673 or Chuck Wysor at Ambassador Travel Service at 412-366-7200 or Mary Ann Sarver at 412-486-8874. Visit Mother’s Pilgrims web site at www.motherspilgrims.com. Space is limited.
- DEC 1
Part of The Great Adventure Bible Study ProgramRead more
Mondays during Advent, then picking up again on Mondays during Lent
- DEC 22
- DEC 25
Christmas Eve - Wed, Dec 24 - 4:00pm, 7:00pm, 12:00amRead more
Christmas Day - Thu, Dec 25 - 9:00am, 11:00am
- JAN 1
The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of GodRead more
Mass times: Wed, Dec 31 5:00pm; Thu, Jan 1 9:00am, 11:00am
- JAN 22