Saint Joseph Parish
Serving the West End, Beacon Hill, Government Center, North Station Community
68 William Cardinal O'Connell Way, Boston,MA 02114
DECEMBER 2020 WORSHIP SCHEDULE
MASS 9:00 AM AND 4:00 PM
(The 9AM Mass is LIVE-STREAMED WEEKLY and can be found just below on this page. All our Masses from past weeks are archived on our Facebook Page.)
Click here: https://www.facebook.com/stjosephwestend for viewing them at anytime
ADVENT & OUR LADY of The IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Patroness of the United States of America
LESSONS & CAROLS
Join us virtually Sunday November 29 - Tuesday Dec 8 on our FB Page https://www.facebook.com/stjosephwestend
Advent reminds us that we ought to model our waiting on the Old Testament Prophets, John the Baptist and most particularly on Mary, the Holy Mother of God. For us Catholics in the United States, both Marian observances during Advent are patronal feasts: The Immaculate Conception is the patroness of our nation and Our Lady of Guadalupe is patroness of both continents of America
This Advent 2020 we are most aware that waiting can be a time of great uncertainty. The Gospel reading for the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Gaudalupe and this year, the fourth Sunday of Advent - is Gabriel’s announcement to Mary (Luke 1:26-38) when Mary affirms that she is and will be God’s handmaid. For Mary, her “fiat” her yes, was truly a great act of faith and trust. Mary waited, overwhelmed, tired weary and worn, she waited in hope. She knew all that God had done for those who had come before her; how God had humbled the mighty and fulfilled the promise to Abraham.
Yes, this season of Advent 2020 is a season that invites us to deeper conversion. As disciples of Christ, we learn both anew and differently this year what it means to wait. We light the candles on our wreaths, place ornaments on trees, virtually take ornaments from our giving tree and worship and we shine lights in the darkness. Yes, we wait actively, figuratively trimming the hearth and setting the table while literally assisting those in need and praying.
Advents’ twofold meaning is firstly about preparing for the coming of the Lord. Celebrating that first humble coming and the birthing through Mary. Secondly and equally we faithfully acknowledge there shall be a second coming in glory (Mt 25)
Winter comes with cold and darkness prompting us to seek the warmth of shelter and the lights that illuminate and sparkle. Consider dedicating four lights/candles, each to a week of Advent. Light them sequentially crescendoing our prayer and marking of time. Light them with us nearest the early evening darkness and praying to,with, for, and by the power of faith, trust and hope of Mary.
During Advent we look back and we look forward. We remember the future! We look back reflecting on the promises of salvation history that were fulfilled in the Incarnation-birth. We look forward to the promised Day of the Lord and the fulfillment of all things.
Usually at this time of year people are at their busiest, running around preparing for and already celebrating with Christmas festivities. This year a simple place of Advent quiet, of retreat and of prayer may be more possible than ever. Join us (virtually & around) 5:00pm each evening.
Let Us Sing the Praises of Mary and let us present our needs and those of our nation to the Lord Jesus, Christ our Emmanuel-God with us.
Come Lord, Come Lord Jesus, give your people hope
Come Lord, Come Lord Jesus lead your people home.
Truly, amidst this fragile and challenging time of 2020, this Advent affords us an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of the season.
HELP US HELP OTHERS
Please consider taking an ornament from our GIVING TREE (located inside our rectory entranceway) and then returning the corresponding unwrapped gift beneath the same tree. Gift Cards are greatly appreciated as well, and should be slipped under the Office Door.
Be good to yourself as well as others
Peace & Good things
Following the Sunday 9AM Mass
for St. Joseph Parish's "Virtual Coffee & Donuts"
on SUNDAY DECEMBER 13th, at 10:30AM
Connect with Fr. Joe and other participants in this online meeting as we rebound and move forward with others who also miss worshipping and gathering together regularly before or after mass. We will continue to find creative ways to stay connected as we celebrate the Lord and life as Catholic Christians.
If interested, please email [email protected] to sign up and to receive further instructions.
*Get your name on the list NOW! You will be sent a reminder along with a sign-on link two days prior.*
(Do not be intimidated by technology as all that is needed for video participation is an email address, along with a computer, a smart phone or a tablet/i-pad device. An audio-only, dial in option will most likely be an option as well.)
**These post-mass virtual meet ups will be scheduled to reoccur following the 9 AM mass
on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Any changes to this intended schedule will be posted here.**
First Sunday of Advent
Carols and Lessons of Advent/Sunday November 29, 2020
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St. Joseph Parish68 William Cardinal O'Connell Way
Boston, MA 02114