The Season of Advent
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Fr. Dave’s Advent Letter
Read Fr. Dave’s message inviting you, your family, and friends to spend Advent at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church. He writes of Jesus fulfilling an ancient hope, that Jesus is the reason for the season.
Advent Message Series: You’re Invited!
Throughout Advent, the Sunday message series, You’re Invited!, will explore God’s invitation for you to deepen your relation ship with Jesus and your response to the invitation. Fr. Dave will open up the Scripture passages we hear on Sunday and trace the long-held hope and promise of a Messiah that comes to fulfillment in Jesus. You can anticipate the Sunday message series by reading the Scripture passages beforehand.
November 24 & 25 | All Masses | Giving Tree
Our Giving Trees will be available on the weekend of November 23 and 24.
Pick your choice of gift tags, then shop and return the gift unwrapped to our trees no later than December 9. If you choose a tag requesting a gift card, we encourage you to shop at our Scrip table after Mass. You will not only make the recipient happy, you are helping our parish and their ministries.
This year’s Giving Tree supports our own parishioner families, as well as our homeless friends at Casa de Clara women’s shelter, HomeFirst Shelters, Alum Rock Counseling Center, and Supportive Housing.
December 1 & 2 | Nativity Displays
After each Mass, you can stop by the hall and see the nativity scenes on display. Many are handmade by talented parishioners. Enjoy the creative variety of interpretations of the birth of Jesus.
December 2 | All Masses | Blessing of the Advent Wreath
The use of an Advent wreath is a traditional practice which has found its place in the Church as well as in the home. At Mass on the first Sunday of Advent, we will bless our Advent wreath while a family lights the first candle. On the following Sundays, we will light an additional candle while we sing the opening hymn.
The blessing of the wreath is taken from our Catholic Book of Blessings and can also be found in Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers. When the blessing of the Advent wreath is celebrated in the home, it is appropriate that it be blessed by a parent or another member of the family. You can download the blessing at link below.
The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead.
December 7 | Friday 5:00pm | Advent Family Night and Potluck
Everyone (most especially young families) is invited to our potluck, followed by making ornaments to be hung on our church’s Jesse Tree (Sunday, December 9, 9am Mass). A Jesse Tree honors Jesus’ family tree. Jesse was the father of King David, and Jesus was born into the House of David, fulfilling the long-held hope and promise of a descendent of David to return to the throne.
Contact Vicki Schwoob to let her know you will attend, or if you have questions.
December 8 | Saturday 9:00am | Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Join us for Mass as we honor the conception of the Virgin Mary free from original sin by virtue of the merits of her son Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church teaches that God acted upon Mary in the first moment of her conception keeping her immaculate and, thus, a worthy means for the birth of our Lord and Savior.
December 14 | Friday 4:00pm | Advent Reconciliation Service
A reconciliation service is an opportunity to prepare for Christmas by going to confession. Prayers, songs, Scriptures, and reflection are selected with Advent and Jesus’ birth in mind, making this service a touching way to celebrate the Sacrament.
December 21 | 6-9:00pm | Christmas Caroling
You are invited to join with others for an evening of Christmas caroling, 6–9pm, the Friday before Christmas. Youth Ministry will host the event, but everyone is welcomed. Gather in the hall for the walking and singing in the neighborhood. Contact Lucy Chai with your questions, or just show up.