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 Fourth Sunday of Advent | December 22 & 23

Receive the Angel
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"Behold, I am the handmade of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Lk 1:38

​Blessing of Homes
Lord God of Heaven and Earth,
You revealed your only
begotten Son to Every Nation
By the Guidance of a Star.
Bless This House and all Who Inhabit  It.
Fill them with the Light of Christ,
That their concern for others
May Reflect Your Love.
We Ask This Through Christ Our Lord. 
Amen.

Blessing of a Christmas Tree
Holy Lord, we come with joy to celebrate 
the birth of your Son, who rescued us 
from the darkness of sin by making 
the cross a tree of life and light. 
May this tree, arrayed in splendor, 
remind us of the life giving cross 
of Christ, that we may always rejoice 
in the new life that shines in our hearts. 
We ask this through Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

​Blessing of a Family
We bless your name, O Lord,
for sending your own incarnate Son
to become part of a family, so that as he lived its life, he would experience its worries and 
its joys. We ask you, Lord, to protect and 
watch over this family, so that in the strength 
of your grace its members may enjoy 
prosperity, possess the priceless gift of your peace, and, as the Church alive in the home, bear witness in this world to your Glory. 
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Blessing of A Manager or Nativity
God of every nation and people from the very beginning of creation you have made 
manifest your love: When our need for 
a Savior was great you sent your Son to be born 
of the Virgin Mary. To our lives he brings 
joy and peace, justice, mercy and love. 
Lord Bless all who look upon this manager; 
may it remind us of the humble birth of Jesus, 
and raise up our thoughts to him, who is 
God-with-us and Savior of all, and 
who Lives and reigns for ever and ever. 
Amen.

This fourth week of Advent, allow yourself to receive a grace filled heart. Blessed Mother, teach us how to love without limits and trust in God's plan because your "yes" changed everything. May our Church reflect the joy of Jesus Christ, and may we all grow to say "yes" with absolute faith. Mother Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Us.

 Third Sunday of Advent | December 15 & 16

Share the Angel
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" ... He will rejoice over you with gladness and renew you in his love." Zep 3:18
  1. Share your favorite song about angels with a friend, family member or on social media.
  2. Share your favorite charity on social media and why they have been an important part of your life.
  3. Write a glowing review on social media lets the business owners know what a great job they're doing and helps spread the word about a local gem. For small businesses, a great review can go a long way, so don't hold back with the kindness.
  4. Send a positive text message to five important people in your life.
  5. Go through your closet and collect all gently used toys and prepare to donate them to a local organization.
  6. Seek hope and healing for your soul and attend our Advent Penance Service, December 19 at 7 PM.

This third week of Advent, pump the brakes on your chaotic schedule and allow yourself the opportunity to rejoice in the abundant love Christ has for you. Allow God to heal your soul, as you prepare for his coming at Christmas. Share the good news of his love with others, and remind them of the perfect baby born humbly in a stable!

 Second Sunday of Advent | December 8 & 9

​Be the Angel
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"Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths." Lk 3:5

As we enter this second week of Advent:
  1. When setting up or viewing a Nativity scene take a few minutes to explain the Christmas Story to a young child.
  2. Read the Christmas Story individually or as a family each night this week before bedtime (Lk 2-1-20).
  3. Take a cup of hot chocolate or coffee, with a note of thanks, to a Salvation Army bell ringer.
  4. Leave your phones at home and take time to soak in the season by traveling around our community to view the beauty of the Christmas lights.
  5. Set an alarm on your phone to go off at three different times during the day. At those times, do something kind for someone else.

This second week of Advent, resolve to be the angel in the lives of others. We all have people in our lives who have made an impact. Whether, great or small, these individuals served as a guiding force and aided our journey towards eternal life in heaven. How can you pay it forward by being an angel in the life of someone else? Who is God calling you to stand beside in great love?

 First Sunday of Advent | December 1 & 2

See the Angel
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"Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man." Lk 21:36

As we enter this first week of Advent:

  1. Deliver a gift to a local first responder company in our community and include a note of appreciation.
  2. Send a personal thank you note to someone who has been an angel in your life.
  3. See the angel who has shown you kindness and without hesitation pay it forward.
  4. Purchase a new Christmas gift for a child in need and deliver the unwrapped package to a Toys for Tots drop off location.
  5. Send a cookie/flower bouquet or edible arrangement to the staff of a hospital unit, nursing home, or school nurse who cared for someone you love in a time of need. 

This first week of Advent, resolve to encounter the angels in your life. Whether it's in your work place, the hallways of your school, inside the walls of St. Barbara, out amidst the people of our communities or simply in your own home, take some time to see the angels and thank them for being a gift to you.