Waiting Together -- Advent News
Our world abounds (already) in Christmas cheer, doesn’t it? In the stores, all the trees are up and the decorations are shining bright. In the Church, however, we’ve just begun wearing that dark color – purple (the same one we wear during Lent). And why? Because, unlike modern American culture (which revels in toys and gifts and glitz), the Church takes a much more sober view. We are a people who WAIT. And of course, waiting is HARD (especially in our digital culture). Yet, this December we begin reflecting on the miraculous incarnation of our Savior – by waiting -- and waiting patiently. And then, when the January White Sales begin at 11:59 PM on December 25th – we only THEN begin to celebrate the Birth of Jesus.
But for now – isn’t there an abundance of wisdom in the season of Advent? Let’s all try to learn to be patient and simply “wait.”
Masses on Saturday, December 8:
8:30 am at Resurrection and 9:00 am at Assumption.
On this Solemnity, we celebrate the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the womb of Saint Anne. Even though it falls on a Saturday, this feast day of America's patron saint remains as a Holy Day of Obligation.
Advent Penance Opportunites
At Assumption, Monday, December 10 at noon
Confessions will be heard after 11:15 Mass
At. St. John of Rochester, 7:00 pm, Tuesday, December 11
Penance Service & Confessions
At Resurrection, 7:00 pm, Tuesday, December 18
enance Service & Confessions
Events & Activites
All ages: Breakfast with St. Nick
Saturday, December 1, 9:30-11:30 am at Assumption.
Pancakes, live music, photos with St. Nick for kids & adults alike!
No tickets necessary. Donations accepted to support the COTA Youth Ministry.
Hosted by Youth Ministry
Adults: You are invited to Holy Hops!
Thursday, December 6, 6:00-9:00 pm
Iron Smoke Distillery, 111 Parce Ave Fairport
$5pp includes Pizza
(hosted by Resurrection's Adult Faith Enrichment)
Adults: Join us for M.A.P.S
Friday, December 7, 6:00 pm in the Assumption Chapel for Mass, Adoration, Penance, and then off to Compane Brick Oven Bistro for dinner.
(hosted by Assumption's Adult Faith Enrichment)
WAITING: An Advent Evening of Prayer
Tuesday, December 11 at 7:00 pm
Join us for quiet prayer and reflection with guest Fr. Ed Palumbo
Christmas Cantata: Sing with the Angels
Sunday, December 16, 2:00 pm at Assumption
Don't miss this wonderful annual event!
No ticket required. Donations accepted.
Reception after the concert.
Q&A with Fr. George
Sunday, December 16, 7:00 pm at Assumption
All are welcome. Ask him anything!
Hosted by COTA Youth Ministry
A Season for Giving
Can you help provide a Christmas Feast?
Share the joy with those in need by providing
ingredients for a holiday dinner. Just sign up in the Assumption foyer or contact coordinator Maureen Nupp at
will match you with a family in need and provide contact information so you can find out about dietary restrictions and arrange for delivery.
Complete your Christmas Dinner gift with a few items from the shelves outside Assumption's living room, where the Youth Group is collecting cans and dried goods.
Grocery gift cards are also welcome to help the parish fill the gap. When you leave one with Julie in the parish office, be sure to let her know that it is for the Christmas Dinner program. Thank you!
Angel Tree at Assumption Reminder:
Gifts are due back no later than 10:00 am, Sunday, December 9. Be sure to attach the tag from the Angel Tree to your wrapped gift so we can deliver to the right recipients!
Do not leave gift cards ($) under the tree
-- Instead, please bring them to the parish office. If you can help us deliver on Sunday, December 9, please contact Michele (794-3861) or Alan (794-3862). Thank you for your generous participation in this annual tradition!
Caring & Sharing at Resurrection Reminder:
Gift cards are due back no later than Sunday, December 9. Please take them to the Resurrection parish office. All other gifts should be returned the weekend of December 15 & 16. Contact Karen Hoff at email@example.com or 223-2394 if you have questions. Thank you for helping those in need this Christmas!
Warming up those in need
Reminder for COTA School of Religion Student
To participate in our Fall Service Project, be sure to drop off NEW socks, hats, scarves, and mittens in the box in the hallway no later than Monday, December 10. Our 6th & 7th graders will wrap these gifts for delivery to those in need.
Resurrection Hats & Jackets
Anxiously awaiting the Resurrection
gear you ordered? Items will be available for pickup after all Masses weekend of December 22 & 23. Thank you for supporting our Youth Ministry!
A Prayer to Slow Down this Advent
My brother, Jesus. It happens every year.
I think that this will be the year
that I have a reflective Advent.
I look forward to Sunday
and this new season, Jesus.
But all around me are the signs
rushing me to Christmas
and some kind of celebration
that equates spending with love.
I need your help. I want to slow my world down.
This year, more than ever, I need Advent,
these weeks of reflection and longing
for hope in the darkness.
Jesus, this year, help me to have that longing.
Help me to feel it in my heart
and be aware of the hunger
and thirst in my own soul.
Deep down, I know there is something
missing in my life,
but I can’t quite reach for it.
I can’t get what is missing.
I know it is about you, Jesus.
You are not missing from my life,
but I might be missing the awareness
of all of the places you are present there.
Be with me, my dear friend.
Guide me in these weeks
to what you want to show me this Advent.
Help me to be vulnerable enough
to ask you to lead me
to the place of my own weakness,
the very place where I will find you the most
deeply embedded in my heart,
loving me without limits.
~from Creighton University Online Ministries,
a wonderful resource for prayer
in Advent and throughout the year
Christmas Mass Times
Church of the Resurrection:
4:00, 7:00, and 10:00 pm
Church of the Assumption:
2:00, 4:30, 6:30, and 10:30 pm
Church of the Resurrection:
Church of the Assumption:
8:30 am and 11:00 am
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We hope you have your best Advent ever as you join us in this season of hopeful longing, joyful expectation, prayerful penance, and spiritual preparation.
Don’t forget to get your Advent wreath ready for Sunday!
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Sent by Maura Walsh on Friday, November 30 at 5:00PM