Advent, a time of quiet rejoicing and expectation, begins on the Sunday nearest to Saint Andrew’s day, November 30. We are waiting: for the coming of Jesus at the end of the world; for the coming of Jesus at the end of our lives; for the coming of Jesus as the precious Child of Bethlehem.
How can we observe Advent in all its richness?
For daily activities, see the interactive Advent Calendar from the American bishops.
If you’d like a hard copy for your fridge, you can download a PDF.
At your lighting of the first candle, bless your Advent Wreath.
At table, begin with the Advent Meal Prayer.
The First Sunday of Advent is the beginning of Year A, the Year of Saint Matthew the Evangelist, in the three-year cycle of readings for Sunday Mass. To see how the Advent Gospels fit in with the Gospel plan for the whole year, go HERE.
View the listing of events on the right or select the Full Liturgical Calendar link below to do the following:
- Stay current with the liturgical calendar and life of St. Jude parish.
- Prepare for Sunday Mass by reflecting on the Scripture readings.
- Read stories of the saints and how they tried to follow the gospel.
- Learn about the catholic customs for the feasts and festivals which are celebrated by the church throughout the world.
- Bring liturgy into your home to celebrate the season.