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4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Saturday, Dec. 23rd - 4:00 pm - St. Joseph's
Saturday, Dec. 23rd - 5:45 pm - St. Mary's
Sunday, Dec. 24th - 9:45 am - Holy Trinity
Sunday, Dec. 24th - 11:30 am - St. Mary's (Latin)

CHRISTMAS
Sunday, Dec. 24th - 4:00 pm - St. Mary's
Sunday, Dec. 24th - 6:30 pm - St. Joseph's
Sunday, Dec. 24th - 8:30 pm - Holy Trinity
Monday, Dec. 25th - 9:30 am - St. Mary's
Monday, Dec. 25th - 11:30 am - St. Mary's (Latin)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Saturday - 4:00 pm - St. Joseph's
Saturday - 5:45 pm- St. Mary's
Sunday - 8:00 am - St. Mary's
Sunday - 9:45 am - Holy Trinity
Sunday - 11:30 am - St. Mary's (Latin)

WEEKDAY SCHEDULE
Tuesday - 8:00 am - St. Mary's
Wednesday - 8:30 am - St. Joseph's
Thursday - 11:00 am - Pleasantview Home
Friday - 8:00 am - St. Mary's

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Wednesday - 12:30 pm - St. Mary's
Wednesday - 5:30 pm - St. Mary's

(The times listed above are the regularly scheduled times. Please double-check the schedule inside the bulletin as times are subject to change.)

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Eucharistic Adoration is available at 12:30pm and 5:30pm every Wednesday at St. Mary's in Riverside.  The Eucharist will be exposed for about 45 minutes and you can come at any time.

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Treasures From Our Tradition

      Advent calendars appear now in many homes, and newfangled formats are even available on line. Children have fun opening the doors and windows keyed to the days counting down to Christmas. Behind each door is a picture related to the Christmas mystery, perhaps a scripture verse or saying, but more and more these days something totally unconnected to religious life, like a small toy or a chocolate treat, appears instead. The Advent calendar is not very old as traditions go. We can trace it back to German-speaking Christians, both Protestant and Catholic. Lutherans might have originated the custom by placing chalk marks on doors starting December 1, lighting candles every day, or placing a new religious picture on the wall each day during Advent. The oldest known hand-made calendar goes back to 1851, and the first printed ones appeared in 1908 in Germany with Bible verses behind the doors. By far the most interesting calendar is a building, the town hall (Rathaus) of Gengenbach in Germany’s Black Forest. Every year the townspeople invite an illustrator of children’s books to create twenty-four paintings or motifs for each of the twenty-four main windows of the building. Every night the people gather to see a new window opened and illuminated.

      Very few commercial Advent calendars pay much attention to the core values of our liturgical calendar: the pivotal place of Sunday, the importance of Advent feasts like Saint Lucy and Saint Nicholas, and the clear shift in tone on December 17 from Advent longing and preparation toward imminent hope in Christ’s coming. That kind of creativity is left up to you!

—Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

 

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