Advent Resource for Families:


The Offices for Liturgy, Youth Ministry and Evangelization and Catechesis are happy to provide a resource for families to encourage prayer and celebration in the home during the Advent Season.  Please click here for suggestions, videos and a simple prayer to be prayed around the wreath each Sunday of Advent.  We invite you to share this resource with those in your communities who may benefit.

Advent Retreat on line from St. Mary's in Owen Sound


St. Mary’s and the Missions Parish is presenting a special retreat for the Season of Advent, live from St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church in Owen Sound.  This online retreat will bring to your homes an experience of God’s Holy Word through sacred music, Bible reading, and reflection by Fr. Kuzma.  Four sessions will be streamed live on the 4 Wednesdays of Advent: Dec. 1, 8, 15, and 22 starting at 7pm. 

Please join us live or watch it later by going to the home page of our parish website www.stmarysandthemissions.ca  and clicking on the “YouTube channel link” button.

Happy Advent!

The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. The first 24 days of December fall during the liturgical season known as of Advent and are represented by the liturgical color purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart. The remaining days of December mark the beginning of the Christmas season. The liturgical color changes to white or gold — a symbol of joy, purity, and innocence.

The month of December is filled with expectation and celebration.

Preparation is the key word for the first 24 days of December. Everyone is getting ready for Christmas — shopping and decorating, baking, and cleaning. Too often, however, we are so busy with the material preparations that we lose sight of the real reason for our activity.

Christmas is a Christian feast — and we must reclaim it as such! In the same way that a family eagerly prepares for a baby, so in Advent should we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child.

We should keep Advent as a season of waiting and longing, of conversion and of hope and keep our thoughts on the incredible love and humility of our God in taking on the flesh of the Virgin Mary.

Let us not forget to prepare a peaceful place in our hearts wherein our Savior may come to dwell. The best person we can turn to for help during Advent is Mary, Christ's and our Mother. She awaited the day of His birth with more eagerness than any other human being. Her preparation was complete in every respect.

Let us crown our preparation and borrow something of Mary's prayerfulness, her purity and whole-hearted submission to God's will.

The Liturgy and Time, A.G. Mortimort



LIVE MASS, 7:30 am, MON - SUN (see here)

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