Area Christmas Masses
sponsored by the St John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter’s Interfaith Ministry Team
Thursday, December 20, 2018
6:40 p.m. Outdoor Silent Walk of Peace
7:00 p.m. Interfaith Prayer Service
Hosted by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish
413 St. John Street
Downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301
Each year since 1990, on or near the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has sponsored National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness, the lack of affordable housing, and to remember our friends without stable housing who have paid the ultimate price for our nation's failure to address this crisis. This event is open to the public; all are invited to participate in solidarity with those who believe health care, housing, and physical safety are basic human rights, not benefits to be earned.
FACS Elementary Christmas Program, December 6th at 6pm, St. Matthew
FACS Middle School Christmas Concert, December 18th at 6:00pm, Resurrection
How does God reveal himself in middle school and high school?
What does it mean to be a Catholic teen today?
All teens and preteens are invited to come to REVEALED nights. Regardless of where you go to school or even your parish, REVEALED is for you.
Each REVEALED night will have time devoted to building relationships, serving others, and growing in our Catholic faith. There will be just-for-fun games, mini-stewardship projects, faith-sharing, and even science experiments to explore some of the elements of our faith. As a community, we will discover how God wants us to live.
REVEALED 7/8 (for 7th & 8th Graders)
Monday, Dec. 10 @ 3:15-5:00pm
REVEALED 5/6 (for 5th & 6th Graders)
Tuesday, Dec. 11 @ 3:15-5:00pm
REVEALED HS (for Freshmen-Seniors)
Wednesday, Dec. 19 @ 5:00-6:15pm
Meet in the POD in the lower level of the parish office.
BLESSING OF YOUR HOME’S ADVENT WREATH
One of the strongest symbols of Advent is an evergreen wreath holding four candles, three purple/blue, and one pink for the third Sunday of Advent. The use of candles during the darkest and coldest days of the year is an ancient custom adopted in the sixth century by European Christians. The Jewish people have a similar tradition. Even as we light candles, they will be lighting the candles on their menorahs in celebration of Hanukkah.
+Begin with the Sign of the Cross together.
Leader: Echo after me. “Come, Lord Jesus!” (all echo)
“Come quickly!” (all echo)
Leader: It is wintertime, when days are short and nights are long. We need the light, the warmth, and joy of Christ. Bless this wreath as a sign to us of Jesus our Light. The circle of the wreath is a sign of God’s loving care for us, which has no ending. The evergreen branches are a sign of the faithfulness of God, which is always alive and fresh. The light of these candles will remind us of the coming of Christ at Christmas, who is the Light of the World.
(Light the 1st candle.)
Lord God, your son Jesus is Emmanuel, the hope of all peoples. He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us. He is the Savior of every nation. By the light of this Advent wreath we shall wait in patience for your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. His coming comforts our fears and brings hope to our waiting world and helps us spread the Light of Christ to all we meet.
Leader: “Come, Lord Jesus!” (all echo)
“Come quickly!” (all echo)
End with the + Sign of the Cross together.
New this year! As the first Sunday of Advent falls on December 2nd, the annual Advent Prayer Partner Bread Exchange will take place at every mass on the weekend of December 1/2. Should your household of faith wish to participate as an Advent Prayer Partner, please bring a fresh loaf of bread of any kind to the liturgy of your choice that weekend, a loaf of fresh bread to be blessed/shared/exchanged. Please clip out the prayer card below, add the last name(s) of your Household of Faith and then attach it with scotch tape to the bread you bring to church. The loaf you then bring home in exchange will be marked as such so that our parish family of faith may be more deeply connected throughout all of Advent through acts of prayer, charity and justice. Questions? Concerns? Please contact Susan for more information —- and thank you in advance for your consideration of this Advent Prayer Partner Bread Exchange.