Missing Piece To The Nativity Set? Making Advent Meaningful
A great tradition to start during the Advent season is preparing your Nativity Set with the
of Baby Jesus. A Nativity set that is (temporarily) missing the Baby Jesus is a good reminder that it’s not quite Christmas yet!
St. John Paul II started the tradition of “Bambinelli Sunday”, where he encouraged children to bring their baby Jesus from their family’s nativity set to St. Peter’s Square for a special papal blessing. The children then place their baby Jesus figurine under the Christmas tree until Christmas morning (when he then rejoins the Nativity set).
You can read more about Bambellini Sunday
Place your baby Jesus figurine under the Christmas tree until Christmas day.
As we begin a new liturgical year with Advent, I invite you spend some time listening to God's voice in prayer and Scripture study, to spend time with friends reflecting on the Gospels and saints of Advent, and to consider ways you might help others by raising money to help the clinic the parish has chosen as our Advent project.
You are encouraged to sign up to attend Sunday Masses each week.
Holy Spirit will not be offering any additional "in person" faith formation or Confirmation classes or activities during Advent.
There will be some online activities offered:
Sunday/Wednesday Gatherings via Zoom
Game/Gospel reflection/Check in/Prayer Spend 30 minutes playing a game, reflecting on the upcoming Sunday's Gospel in different ways, checking in with friends, and closing in prayer.
Sundays: December 6 and 13
Wednesdays: December 2, 9 and 16.
Advent Weekly Gatherings
Sundays 7:00-7:30 PM
Wednesdays 6:30-7:00 PM
Advent/Christmas Trivia Night
Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 PM. Open to all parishioners via zoom. What's Fr. Tom's favorite Christmas cookie? Which saint is believed to have set up the first nativity scene? Name that tune: What song contains the line "that mourns in lowly exile here?" Families can form their own teams. Get to know other parishioners during team play. Zoom link will be sent to those who RSVP Yes or Maybe.
Are you going?
might be going.
MORE ADVENT TRADITIONS/BLESSINGS
Blessing of the Advent Wreath
let your blessing come upon us as we light the candles of this wreath. May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ's promise to bring us salvation. May he come quickly and not delay. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
From Today's Missal Advent-Lent
Light the first candle of the wreath on Sunday, Nov. 29, and think about ways Jesus brought hope to the world. What ways can you continue to bring hope to the world?
Blessing of the Christmas Tree
Loving God, we stand before you once again. We stand here ready to celebrate the birth of your son, Jesus.
(Have everyone extend a hand in a gesture of blessing.)
Bless this tree, this sign of life and freshness and perseverance in our midst. It stands as a reminder that you are born anew in us each day. Bless our family and friends as we celebrate this joyous season. Keep us safe in our travels, kind in our conversations, and gracious in our giving and receiving. We ask you this in confidence, because we know you love us.
Consider bringing hope to those in need by supporting our parish Advent Project.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
This year, our parish Advent project is for Our Lady of Guadalupe Free Clinic (OLGFC) which is located in Worthington, MN. Worthington is part of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, and is extremely poor. The city has a population of 13,000 people, and more than 40% of its population is Latino. The clinic's staff lives out the corporal works of mercy by providing health care to those in need. They have been hit hard by Covid this year. The clinic also cares for the spiritual needs of clients and staff by offering prayer in the Adoration Chapel during clinic hours, and counseling services in the rectory.
Click on the box below to watch a short video about the clinic.
Ways to Help
Please pray for the work of Our Lady of Guadalupe Free Clinic.
Pray for the patients facing COVID-19 and the lingering effects of the disease. Pray for the volunteer providers who see the patients. Pray for the patients who have immigrated to escape violence in their home country and are working to build a safer place for their family.
Prayer cards for the Advent project are available upon request. If you'd like to have one mailed to you, please call the parish office or email me.
You are also invited to make an Advent offering to help the patients at Our Lady of Guadalupe Free Clinic. Your gift will provide essential tests, prescriptions and medical care to the uninsured.
If you wish to make an offering, you may do so via check or online- if paying by check, please make checks payable to Holy Spirit with "Advent Project" in the memo line, and bring to the church office, or place in one of the collection boxes in the atrium/narthex.
If you wish to donate online: click on the donate online box below for the link to give online. Please use the drop down menu to select the Advent Project: Our Lady of Guadalupe Free Clinic.
Please visit the Holy Spirit website and FB for more information on OLGFC.
Video about the Clinic
Click here to donate online
on Friday, November 27, 2020 at 1:00PM