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 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.