Advent, which comes from the Latin word for "arrival" or "coming," is a period of preparation for the birth of our Lord. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and is the start of the Christmas season, which lasts through the Baptism of Our Lord. The first Sunday of Advent also marks the beginning of the liturgical year, the Church's "New Year's Day," at which time we change the cycle of readings we are using at Mass.
Advent is a time of joyous anticipation, but also of penance and preparation for the great Christmas feast. The liturgical color of the season is purple, a sign of penance, which is also used during Lent. The Church discourages excessive ornamentation, boisterous music and even weddings during Advent, in order to foster a sense of quiet hope.
November 13, 2013, WASHINGTON—The U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a “Special Message” at the
conclusion of their fall General Assembly, November 13, in Baltimore. USCCB
regulations regarding statements and publications define a Special Message as a
statement, only issued at general meetings, that the general membership
considers appropriate in view of the circumstances at the time. The message was
Full text of the Special Message follows:
The following is a listing of Penance Services throughout the diocese. If you do not see your church parish listed, contact your church office for more information.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
6:30 p.m. -- St. Rita Church, Alexandria
Tuesday, Dec. 17
6:30 p.m. -- St. Joseph Church, Marksville
Wednesday, Dec. 18
6:30 p.m. -- Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Alexandria
6:00 p.m. -- St. Anthony of Padua, Bunkie
6:00 p.m. -- St. Mary's Church, Winnsboro
It’s fun to celebrate Christmas with all the lights, shopping, and Santa visits. But remember -- Jesus is the reason for the season.
All Saints Day was observed across the diocese on Nov. 1. Click here for a photo gallery of images.
A second collection to aid the people of the Philippines will be taken up the weekend of December 15, 2013. These funds will then be used to support the efforts of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services (our official international humanitarian agency representing the U.S. Catholic Church) as we respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter and medical care and assist in the long-term recovery from the disaster.
Pope Francis has announced that Blessed John Paul II will be canonized on April 27, 2014 (Divine Mercy Sunday) in Rome.
Yesterday morning at 10:00 a.m. (Vatican Time) in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father presided over an ordinary public consistory for the canonization of the blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. During the course of the consistory, the Pope decreed that blessed John XXIII and John Paul II be inscribed in the book of saints on Sunday, 27 April 2014, Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday.
Sts. Francis and Anne parish in Kolin invites everyone to attend a special presentation by Father Carlos Martins, of the Companions of the Cross, titled Exposition of Sacred Relics: Treasures of the Church on Monday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at the church.
Come hear the stories behind more than 150 sacred relics – including relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.
St. Frances Cabrini Church in Alexandria will host In Your Senior High Face on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Open to all teens in grades 9-12, the event includes talks, break-out sessions, praise and worship, games, Adoration, Rosary and Stations of the Cross. The cost is $25. For more information, contact Joseph Buzzetta at jbuzzetta [at] cabrinichurch [dot] com.
When we place our confidence in Christ who loves us beyond all comprehension, we become the faithful who proclaim and live the word of God by celebrating the sacraments and exercising the ministry of charity. It is in this spirit you are invited to share you God-given gifts and blessings with the broader diocesan community by contributing to the 2013 Annual Diocesan Appeal.