Here we are already to prepare for the second week in Advent! I hope you are making a plan and checking it twice on how best to spend this period of Advent 2020. I pray that we all use this time wisely. This week’s Gospel is focused on John the baptist. He was spreading the message for all to “ Prepare the way”.How are we doing so far... preparing the way? What are the delays and stumbling blocks in our way to the Lord. It will be a different answer for everyone. This week... let’s pray that whatever is blocking us from being ready or tripping us up , that God either uses it for a purpose or he helps us clear the path.
This week’s prayer focus: Show me what needs to be done to be ready. Help me focus on all the right things. AMEN
For Dec. 8- Feast of the Immaculate Conception
We celebrate and honor the fact that the Blessed Mother was conceived without sin. Many people misunderstand this day and think that it is about the Conception of Jesus. This day is about Mary. It is about God’s plan from the very beginning of Mary’s life- her conception!
Family Challenge: Draw Mary and Jesus
Another good challenge is to save money and give to our giving tree at St Francis Xavier! We are doing things differently this year.. you can mail in donation to C/o Chris Grenier, 1 elm street, New Milford, CT 06776. Check is to SFX and memo to Martha and Mary Fund. Due to safety ,gift cards will be purchased with funds raised. Let’s lift the spirits of someone struggling and please donate! Make it a family project! Call the office if you have questions. 860-354-2202.
For kids in grades k-4 and their families:
What are 2 things you think you need to do to get ready for Jesus? What things are your family working on to prepare?
For kids in grades 5-7 and their families:
The Gospel this week:
For Youth grades 8-12 and their families:
Things that you can ponder in your heart-
Has anyone made their own advent calendar? What kinds of things to you do for each day? How is your ADVENT going? How can this Advent change your life and strengthen your faith?