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Second Sunday of Advent - December 8, 2019La Inmaculada Concepción de la Virgen María, Solemnidad - 8 de Diciembre, 2019

Inviting all supporters of the Building with JOY project

Memorialize your participation in this project by signing a large canvas that we are calling the Wall of JOY. We will have a special toast to celebrate.

Wall of JOY Signing

December 13th from 5:30 - 7:00 PM Pastoral Center Courtyard

The Wall of JOY will be displayed throughout the whole project and will have a special place once the project is completed.

Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year. It is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the return of Jesus at the Second Coming.

The Meaning of Advent Candles

The candles represent Jesus coming as the light in darkness. One candle is lit each Sunday until all four candles are lit, and sometimes a fifth candle is lit on Christmas.

As Christmas draws nearer, each candle brings a little more light into the darkness.

Each of the candles represents an aspect of preparation during the season of Advent:

  1. The Candle of Hope - Purple: Purple is the primary color associated with Advent. It symbolizes penance, preparation, and sacrifice. During the first week of Advent, we look forward to Jesus' coming with hope.
  2. The Candle of Peace - Purple:During this second week of Advent, we reflect on our lives and work on becoming betterversions- of-ourselves in preparation for Jesus' coming.
  3. The Candle of Joy - Pink:This third candle is pink, symbolizing anticipation and rejoicing. During the third week of Advent, we are filled with joy for the near arrival of Jesus on Christmas day.
  4. The Candle of Love - Purple:During this final week of Advent we rejoice in the endless love that God has for us, which is made apparent in the birth of his Son.

God of power and mercy open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Florence Kruczek (right), 91, and de Lourdes Okoniewski, 87, each entered religious life in the 1940s, barely out of high school. For decades, prayer and teaching filled their days. Yet a lifetime of serving others has only increased their own gratitude. ''I get up each morning and say, 'O Lord, thank you for the gift of another day,'' says Sister Florence.

Please give to those who have given a lifetime.

For Sisters Florence and de Lourdes - and 30,000 other senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who benefit from the Retirement Fund for Religious - service is a way of life. Most ministered in Catholic schools, hospitals, parishes, and social service agencies, usually for little or no pay. Today, hundreds of religious communities lack adequate savings for retirement and eldercare. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious offers vital support for necessities, such as medications and nursing care. Please be generous.

If you graduated or attended St. Agnes Academy please stop by the welcome table to share your contact information with us.

Instagram: @sta_bears_alumni

Mass Schedule:

  • 8:00 AM - English
  • 12:00PM - English
  • 6:30 PM - Spanish

Every Second Thursday

(Dec. 12th)

Place: St. Agnes Church
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM (Mass at noon)

The meditations are preached by a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. Confessions are available in Spanish, and open to women of all ages.

To inquire about this or recollections in English, please call Grazie Christie at (305) 528-9978.

Es cuestión de segundos... Piensa antes de comenzar cualquier negocio: ¿Qué quiere Dios de mí en este asunto? Y, con la gracia divina, ¡hazlo!
St. Josemaria Escribas