Advent 2020 Program

Advent is a time for hopeful preparation, to seek the unexpected, and to joyfully await the coming of something new!
As a parish family, we are encouraged to journey through this Advent season together — even though we are apart due to necessary COVID safety measures, we can still build community during this special season.
Below is a menu of options — perhaps this menu will help us grow in our mission as a parish family to be more “courageous, compassionate, and Catholic.”
O come all ye faithful, let us pray and celebrate together!
   Week 1: Sun, Nov 29th
   Prophet’s Candle – HOPE
   Week 2: Sun, Dec 6th
   Bethlehem’s Candle – FAITH
   Week 3: Sun, Dec 13th
   Shepard’s Candle – JOY
   Week 4: Sun, Dec 20th
   Angel’s Candle – PEACE
Dynamic Catholic: BEST ADVENT EVER
READ: “Tattoos on the Heart,” 
        by Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ
  • Advent celebrates Jesus’ birth in a manger, an unexpected place, thus challenging us to see the face of God everywhere – especially where we least expect
  • The book is about Fr. Greg Boyle’s gang intervention program, Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, and how he sees God in the homies and homegirls
  • Read 9 pages per day to complete the book during the Advent season
  • Commitment: read 9 pages per day
Sunday Mass: HOMILIES 
  • Fr. Grogan and Fr. Emmons will read “Tattoos on the Heart” with the parish
  • Within each Sunday homily both priests will connect the Advent Scripture readings from long ago to the current stories of “Tattoos on the Heart”
  • A way for us to have a shared narrative as a parish family during this season
  • Commitment: read “Tattoos on the Heart” (reading schedule provided)
WEDNESDAY Advent Testimony Series
  • Every Wednesday, 7:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Zoom and Dial-In details provided below
  • Join either by phone or computer
  • Opening carol, short prayer, testimony, closing carol
  • A way to gather during these socially distanced times
  • See below for weekly themes, cantors, and speakers
  • Commitment: 30 minutes per week
Advent 2020 
WEDNESDAY Advent Testimony Series
Time: Wednesdays @ 7PM (reoccurring)
Join Zoom Meeting (by Video):
Meeting ID: 890 0313 6367
Dial-In (by Phone): (929) 205-6099
5 minutes – opening carol
5 minutes – prayer
10 minutes – testimony
5 minutes – closing carol
WEEK 1: Wed, Dec 2nd [Prophet’s candle: HOPE]
  • Theme: Who is a prophet in your life that calls you closer to God?
  • Cantor, Barbara Purnell
  • Prayer Leader, David Scheid
  • Speaker, Deacon Ed Purnell
WEEK 2: Wed, Dec 9th [Bethlehem’s candle: FAITH]
  • Theme: Where is your Bethlehem, the place where you have encountered God and thus changing your perspective?
  • Cantor, Tom Johnson
  • Prayer Leader, Alicia Wells
  • Speaker, Special Guest
WEEK 3: Wed, Dec 16th [Shepherd’s candle: JOY]
  • Theme: What brings you joy and how do see the face of God in that?
  • Cantor, Darin Williams
  • Prayer Leader, Thomas Heverin
  • Speaker, Nina Heverin-Alvarado
WEEK 4, Wed, Dec 23rd [Angel’s candle: PEACE]
  • Theme: How do you speak peace into the world in your everyday life?
  • Cantor, Larry Moy
  • Prayer Leader, Bill Faust
  • Speaker, Mary McKenna
BIBLE STUDY (Changes during Advent)
Bible Study Meets Thursdays @ 7pm via Zoom
Kid’s Bible Study Meets Tuesdays @ 4pm via Zoom
Both are led by Deacon Ed & Mrs. Barbara
For details, contact: Veronica Alvarado, call/text at 267-825-2580 or email
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