Advent is off to a great start! On the first Sunday, Dan and Florence Loch led a workshop on making Advent wreaths and ornaments. 65 people attended and 25 homes have new wreaths. At the same time, the giving tree became the center of attention in the sanctuary and the gifts are piling up just in time for Confirmation this Sunday.
There is still time to take home an Advent book for daily meditation. Spending just 5 minutes a day in reflection and prayer each day of Advent can make a real difference in the quality of your Christmas season. Take one home and use it in these days of waiting, watching for hope to break out.
Also I am happy to announce that on Monday night, December 5th, our parish will be joining with Temple Shalom in Norwalk to begin introducing each congregation to the other. We are both members of CONECT and so the evening will involve some music, one on one’s (a short dialogue between two people from different backgrounds) and a report on the local issues surfaced in house meetings this Fall. It will also include a report on the issues CONECT is tackling. A sign-up sheet for attendance is in the hallway.
Next, after many years of faithful and creative service to the parish designing our worship environment, Sr. Agnes Plavcan will be retiring on December 31st of this year. Sr. Agnes has a great eye for beauty and knows how to make a liturgical space come alive. She is tremendously talented and will be missed. When you see her, make sure to thank her for all she has given us over the years. Anyone interested in being part of a new team to decorate and maintain our worship space should contact Fr. David.
Finally, On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we will have another ‘Build Your Faith’ Sunday. In place of the homily, we will have a guided meditation to help you come to know the Lord Jesus in a deeper way. So, consider inviting someone to come with you that day. Also, we are experimenting with having slides at each Mass that show both the readings and music. Most of you will get to experience it this Advent. The goal, as always, is to draw you deeper into the Eucharist.