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Advent

“You observe days and months
and seasons and years.”
~Galatians 4:10

Advent: A Time of Preparation

Advent_BoxAdvent gives us time to slow down and take a look at ourselves—where we are going. As Christians, its gives us a vision of our lives, reminds us of God’s actions in the lives of our ancestors in the past and shows us the new possibilities of what our life can be.

The vision of life that Advent gives us is twofold; it looks back to the first coming of Christ at Bethlehem, and it looks to the future when Christ will come again. In the interval between these two events we find meaning for our life as a Christian.

First, we celebrate Christ-become-human. We view his life and experience his presence as a human being in our history. Christ came to show us what life can and should be. He gave us true and valid principles by which we can live true and valid lives. But Jesus knew that the human heart could not live in isolation. He formed the Church around the concept of a people held together by love. In that community we discover unlimited possibilities and meaning. Alone we can do nothing. Together we find real meaning.

Advent Dates 2017

  • December 3 – First Sunday of Advent
  • December 10 – Second Sunday of Advent
  • December 17 – Third Sunday of Advent
  • December 24 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Communal Penance Services

  • Monday, December 18th
    Saint Mary in Huntley @ 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 19th
    Ss. Peter & Paul in Cary@ 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 20th
    Saint Thomas the Apostle in Crystal Lake @ 7:00 PM
  • Friday, December 22nd
    Saint Margaret Mary in Algonquin @ 7:00 PM

Individual Reception (in Chapel Reconciliation Room)

  • Wednesday, December 20th
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 21st
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Friday, December 22nd
    12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 23rd
    9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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