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St. Thomas More, St. Bernadette, St. Mary's, St. Peter's

November 27

ADVENT IS COMING!!

NOVEMBER 27

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

What Is Advent Season? 

 

A very special time of year

that is sometimes lost in the bright lights

of the Christmas season

it precedes.

 

The first day of Advent begins a new Liturgical (church) calendar

and four weeks of preparation in anticipation of

the nativity of Jesus, at Christmas. 

(We Catholics first celebrate the Christmas on Christmas Eve,

then through the Baptism of Our Lord in January.)

 

It's all about reflecting

on how we can prepare

our hearts and homes

for Christ’s birth in today's world. 

 

Since the Advent season is observed by Christians around the world

there are many different and creative ways to celebrate it!

 

Click on the titles of the links below

to discover ways you can observe this special season.

REJOICE! AN ADVENT PILGRIMAGE


Pilgrimage into the Heart of Scripture for Year A

with this prayer resource that offers

daily reflections on the Sunday mass readings

to help you enter more deeply into the Advent season.

 

Together with the weekly videos,

this journal helps you grow your

understanding and appreciation

for the incredible gift of Christ's Incarnation.

THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS


Do you love Christmas traditions

but don’t know where they come from?


Tune in for Dr. Michael Patrick Barber’s Advent reflections

and learn the meaning behind your favorite Christmas pastimes.

BISHOP BARRON'S FREE ADVENT BOOKLET


The Word Became Flesh: Reflections for Advent and Christmas.

BEHOLD: GUIDED ADVENT JOURNAL

* NEW *


Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT

—author of the bestselling book Restore—

will walk with you

as you explore familial wounds

with help from Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

 

FEATURES

  • Stunning original art by Josiah Henley of Heart of IESV
  • Free weekly companion videos with Sr. Miriam
  • Free downloadable discussion guide

 

FREE Shipping + 5x7 Print with code BEHOLDPRINT*

JOURNEY TO CHRISTMAS

This unique series is designed to give you

a spiritually-rich Christmas season,

helping you prepare and keep your focus on Christ.

 

FEATURES

  • Daily devotional email 
  • Spiritual guidance video 
  • Written reflections each Sunday
  • Access to an exclusive Catholic Facebook community
  • Mid-week video check-ins 

CHRIS STEFANICK'S AS WE FORGIVE THEM


'As We Forgive Those' is a 4-part video series

to serve as a guide through the Advent season

FREE!


ADVENT GUIDE FROM THE CATHOLIC TELEGRAPH


When was the last time you had a

truly unforgettable Christmas?

To have a truly unforgettable Christmas you have to prepare for it!


"The Ultimate Guide to Advent"

is

FREE, beautiful and filled with stories that will

inspire you and

fill you with wonder.


A new issue comes out each Sunday during Advent.



Click the link below to get the Introduction on PDF!


ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ADVENT INTRODUCTION

ADVENT REFLECTIONS ON FORMED.ORG


Enter more deeply into the Sunday Mass readings

with reflections by

joining Dr. James Prothro and Dr. Israel McGrew.




Abide in the Word of God this Advent

by immersing yourself in it, thus preparing your heart for Christ's coming.


Follow along with your Bible this Sunday:

  • First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5
  • Psalm 122
  • Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14
  • Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44 


Click below to watch the video on the First Sunday of Advent readings:


ADVENT WEEK ONE ON FORMED.ORG


The Advent of

“Christmas in Bethlehem” 

 

Sunday, December 4, 2022

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

 

Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center

5440 Moeller Ave, Norwood, OH, 45212

 

 

Step back in time!

·   Experience life in the time of Jesus

·   See how bread was made in Jesus’ day

·   Smell and taste the spices of ancient Bethlehem

 

·   Enjoy food, drink, and sweets

·   Pet live animals in the courtyard

·   Check out the kids’ crafts area

·   Come to story time with St. Nicholas

 

·   Vote on your favorite Christian-themed Gingerbread Creation

·   Take a family photo in Bethlehem

·   Listen to the children’s choir in the chapel

 

·   Join a procession with Mary & Joseph to the manger

·   Sing some carols

·   Watch the star lighting on the tower and much more….

 

FREE entry for the entire family!

But REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 

And there is a cost for food and crafts.

 

Click the link below to register for:

CHRISTMAS IN BETHLEHEM



The Church gives us the whole month of November

to pray for the holy souls in Purgatory.

Knowing that the Church extends beyond those

whom we can see here on earth,

we offer our sacrifices and intentions

for all those who have died.

 

There are particular saints who will inspire you

to pray for souls in purgatory:

 

Click below for:

 

SAINTS TO INSPIRE YOU TO PRAY

 

Click below to hear Bishop Barron's homily on the Reality of Life After Death:

 

THE REALITY OF LIFE AFTER DEATH

PRAYER FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY

 

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

remembering the promise of the Resurrection,

I humbly and sincerely offer these prayers and Masses for

(Mention your intentions here...)

and all the departed.

With joy, I thank You

for what we shared in this earthly life.

With hope, I pray this offering

will help them on their journey

to the fullness of life

and happiness with You in Heaven.

Purify them from all that is not holy

so they may dwell in the mystery

of Your perfect love forever.

With blessed anticipation,

I look forward to the coming age,

when, with Your grace,

I shall be united with them again in Paradise.

Standing at the Altar

 

Being a Catholic priest is far from “business as usual.”

Father Michael Metz illuminates this in a dramatic way

as he recounts how a frightening accident

during a military training exercise was

touched by the grace of the Eucharist. 

 

Click the link below to read more:

 

STANDING AT THE ALTAR


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What is My Vocation?

 

Recent surveys indicate literally millions of young

Catholic men and women have thought of the

religious life or priesthood.

Among those men who’ve responded to God’s call,

Father Jordan Dosch shares something

very interesting that they all have in common

 

Click the link below to read more:  

 

RELIGIOUS LIFE AND THE PRIESTHOOD


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Make Time for Adoration

 

Relationships take time to cultivate. Father Josh Johnson

shares how Eucharistic Adoration provides

a beautiful context for growing in intimacy with Jesus

 

Click the link below to watch his video:

 

MAKE TIME FOR ADORATION


QUIZ! FOR THE WEEK



HOW FAST CAN ANGELS FLY?

 

Scroll down to find the answer!




THE TURKEY

 

A man stopped by the local church

to talk to the Pastor.

 

He told the Pastor,

"I stole a turkey this morning  on my way home from work."

 

The Pastor told him, "That was a terrible thing to do."

 

The man replied, "Yes, I know that now, do you want it?"

 

The Pastor replied, "No, take it back and give it to the man that you stole it from."

 

The man replied, "I tried to give it back but he refused it."

 

The Pastor told him, "In that case you keep the turkey."

 

The man thanked the Pastor and went on his way.

 

When the Pastor arrived home later that day he discovered that . . .

his was the turkey that had been stolen!



 

GOSPEL READING REFLECTION

For November 27, 2022

 

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

Year A -  Mt 24:37-44

 

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Wake up and Prepare to Meet Christ


 

"Be sure of this: if the master of the house

had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,

he would have stayed awake

and not let his house be broken into.

So too, you also must be prepared,

for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

  • From the very beginning until the very end, human beings always have been and always will be engaged in human activities: nourishing our bodies, finding pleasurable things to do, forming families, and working.


  • Because we have the faculties of reason and free will, we are responsible for what we do. We can engage in these human activities well or badly. We can do good or we can do evil. Someday Christ will hold us responsible for all our actions.


  • This is why we have to be awake: to be prepared for this moment of judgment.


  • The virtue which keeps us awake is prudence or sound decision making about our actions. The prudent person deliberates, makes a judgment, and then acts. Justice is the standard that prudence uses to make its judgment. Fortitude and temperance help us hold fast to that right judgment.


  • There are four essential habits for human beings which ensure we will always be awake, walking in the light of the Lord, and prepared to meet him whenever he should call us to account. They are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.
  • Justice is giving everyone what we owe them, beginning with God.
  • Prudence is the judgment of our reason that an action we going to take will, in fact, be just. The rule or standard of what is just is right reason and the divine law.
  • Temperance is self-control to do what is just when the unjust action seems more pleasant.
  • Fortitude is the will power to do what is just despite fear or pain.


  • God helps us develop these four virtues with his grace.
  • Because we are acting for a supernatural end (to please God) with a supernatural help (His grace), these virtues also become supernatural.
  • We cannot be the just person the Scriptures praise without them.
  • We must be awake to whether our actions are just and not fail due to pleasure or pain.



ANSWER TO QUIZ

 

This is a trick question.



After all, we are talking about pure spirits

who are without bodies

and therefore do not have the

limitations that we have.

 

Angels do not move like we do.

 

They aren’t bogged down by a sandy beach

or bullied by strong winds or

blocked by a wall.

Instead of physically running from place to place,

as we must, they are present

wherever they choose to be,

or in other words, wherever their will is acting.

 

Their presence, then, can be instantaneous.

 

St. Thomas Aquinas says,

“An angel can be in one place in one instant

and in another place in the next instant,

without any time intervening.”

 

So, according to our understanding of “fast”

—that is, moving from one place to another as quickly as possible—

the angels are indeed fast.



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RECOMMENDATION

 


We need to be armed for battle!

At all times, and especially during these crazy times in this vale of tears,

we need to lay our foundation in Christ Jesus.

Spiritual reading helps us build and strengthen that foundation.


This week's recommendation is:

 

THE LORD

 

by Romano Guardini

 

The only true and unedited telling

of the life of Christ—his life and times,

in historical context,

but not lacking the psychology

behind his physical being and spirit.


Unlike other books

seeking to strip Jesus' story to reveal only the human being,

Romano Guardini's The Lord 

gives the complete story

of Jesus Christ—

as man, Holy Spirit, and Creator.

 

Pope Benedict XVI lauds Guardini's work

as providing a full understanding of the Son of God,

away from the prejudice that rationality engenders.

 

Put long-held myths aside and

discover the entire truth about God's only begotten Son.

We pray you will be excited to embark on purposeful

spiritual reading as a way to build a more prayer-filled,

Christ centered life.