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Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).

Join us throughout Advent for the following:

Advent Commitment Journal

Join Father Josh and our parish community as we journey through this Advent Season praying, reflecting and re-committing to the Lord looking for “A Thrill of Hope”. 

All our parishioners should be receiving this Advent gift from Fr. Josh in the mail in the coming days.  If you would like to download an additional copy of the Advent Commitment Journal click here or on the image.

Para el contenido del Diario de Compromiso de Adviento en español haga clic aquí.  Gracias.

FREE Gift for all families!  Don’t forget to pick up this great book!

The Word Among Us magazine daily meditations based on the Mass readings of the Catholic Church, inspirational essays, stories of the saints and more!

Spiritual Opportunities for Advent

Sign up for FORMED Daily Advent Reflections

Share the joy of the season with those you love by creating a space for Christ in your day and in your heart. Join us – receive daily meditation, formation, and motivation to your inbox in preparation for Christ’s coming.  Go to: to register.  The daily Advent meditations are available in English or Spanish and there is also a kid’s version!

Rejoice! LIVE with Fr. Mark Toups

Sundays at 8PM ET, beginning November 29, 2020
Join Fr. Toups LIVE on Ascension’s YouTube page to share in the beautiful tradition of the Advent wreath. We’ll pray, light our wreaths, unpack the Sunday Scripture reading, and prepare our hearts for the coming week of Advent. Also featuring appearances from Fr. Josh Johnson and Sr. Miriam James Heidland!

The LIVE sessions are free and open for anyone to view them.

Want the video emailed to you each week?  If so, sign up at:

Is your soul shining as brightly as you—and God—want it to?

As Christians, we believe the Gospels are the instruction manuals for true, lasting happiness. So this year, BEST ADVENT EVER is all about the Advent Gospels. Join Matthew Kelly for Let Your Soul Shine and get your 2021 off to a great start!  Sign up for BEST ADVENT EVER below!!!

Enjoy this video from Busted Halo – Advent in 2 Minutes! – Great for the whole family!

 The Advent Wreath’s Meaning

One of the most popular Christian symbols used in churches and family homes to celebrate the meaning of Advent is the Advent wreath. The Catholic Advent wreath has four candles (three purple and one rose) evenly spaced along a circle of evergreen branches. Each component of the Advent wreath has special meaning for Christians who use it as a part of their preparation for Christmas.

Advent Resources from
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)