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Advent

St. Pascal's 2020 Advent & Christmas Season Worship Schedule

Join us for worship, reconciliation, reflection and fellowship this season!  

 

Sign Up for Our Christmas Liturgies!

Thursday, December 24 at 4:00 PM                      Friday, December 25 at 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM

Everyone is strongly encouraged to sign up in advance for our Christmas Masses.  Because we need to know how many people to expect, we will give priority seating in the church to those who are signed up in advance.  Walk-ins will be seated in Brioschi Hall unless it is determined that extra space is available in the church.

Sign up here or phone the parish office at 651.774.1585 to reserve your spot.  Each household must sign up separately, so if you are expecting guests for the holiday, please have each household sign up separately.  Sign-ups will close at 3:00 PM on December 23. 

The 4:00 PM and 10:30 AM Masses will be livestreamed beginning at 3:45 PM and 10:15 AM respectively.  These can be accessed through our website or the St. Pascal’s YouTube channel.

 

Advent Giving Tree

Our parish is participating in the Catholic Charities Annual Giving Tree. Gift items include clothing, housewares, personal items and toys. Take a tag from the Giving Tree in the Gathering Space or download the Wish List.

 

Communal Reconciliation with General Absolution

Wednesday, December 2 at 3:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Because of the COVID19 pandemic, Archbishop Hebda has granted special permission to priests to impart general absolution to multiple persons without prior confession. For those not able to attend the Communal Reconciliation celebration or come to individual Reconciliation on Saturday afternoons, “When people find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness and accompanied by a firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (Catechism, paragraph 1452).

 

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday, December 8, at 8:00 AM

Because of the COVID-19 situation, there will be NO evening Mass, but the morning Mass will be livestreamed and available for viewing on the parish YouTube channel. 

 

An Advent Evening of Reflection: Being Light in These Times

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:30 PM

Advent is celebrated at the darkest time of the year as days get progressively shorter leading up to the winter solstice.  This year has brought its own heaviness as we have faced darkness in our nation and the world.  Yet as Catholic Christians we are called to wait in hope and cling to the promise that the darkness will not overcome us.  We are called to watch for the light. 

Join us in an evening of prayer reflecting on how we might be light for others in these times.  This service will be livestreamed and archived on our parish YouTube channel.

 

Advent Dates to Note

November 29    1st Sunday of Advent           

December 06     2nd Sunday of Advent          

December 08     The Immaculate Conception       

December 13     3rd Sunday of Advent           

December 20     4th Sunday of Advent           

 

Celebrating Advent as a Family

We parents and caring adults want to bring the beauty of our faith to our children. And at this time of year, we want to help enrich their experience of the weeks before Christmas.  But what do we adults get out of it?  The best thing about celebrating Advent with children is that they help us approach the season with fresh eyes and insight.  We know that with busy holiday schedules and commitments, it can be a daunting idea to bring the season of Advent—of joyful waiting—into your home.  Happily, you don’t have to figure it out on your own.  Check out the USCCB Family Advent Calendar and use the prompts and resources (included as live links) to celebrate Advent as a family this year.

 

Advent & Christmas Audio Retreats: God is With You

Experience Advent in a new way this year with an audio retreat featuring sacred text reflections and prompts for personal prayer and beautiful music selections. Each year Sacred Space offers two reflective retreats, one for Advent and one for Lent, in collaboration with Pray as you goSacred Space (a joint apostolate of the Irish Jesuits and Loyola Pressoffers daily prayer online throughout the year.  

This year's Advent Retreat is God is With You.  After a year of challenges, changes, suffering, isolation and social distancing, perhaps there's never been a more important time to reflect on the Incarnation; to reflect on God's incredible plan to draw as close as possible to us, by becoming one of us. 

Begin your 2020 retreat