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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:

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

The Advent Expectation magazine daily meditations are based on the Mass readings of the Catholic Church, inspirational essays, stories of the saints, and more!

Advent Evening of Reflection

Mark your calendar to join us Friday, December 9th for an Advent evening of spiritual reflection and renewal.  Br. Adam Neri, director of the Catholic Campus Ministry at UCF, will facilitate the evening as we prepare for this season of Hope. Give yourself the opportunity for a quiet spiritual time as you experience Advent anew. Allow the Holy Spirit to open your heart for the coming of the Christ child. All are welcome, bring a friend!

Coffee and dessert are included!
Only $5 per person or $10 for the whole family

You can register after Mass on the Front Porch, at the Parish Office, or online (click the link below)

Spiritual Opportunities for Advent

Sign up for FORMED Daily Advent Reflections

Share the joy of the 1eason 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!

Advent Calendar

Here are some events and activities you and your family can do this Advent season as we await the coming of the Lord.

Rejoice! with Fr. Mark Toups

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 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!!!

From the first Sunday of Advent through Christmas Day, Bishop Robert Barron will send you a short email with an uplifting spiritual Advent reflection each day. Register for free at:

Reflect, pray, and live this Advent season with quick and easy Scripture-focused reflection, prayer, and achievable actions to prepare for the coming of Christ. Sign up for free at:

Prepare for Advent with the Hallow app. Pray alongside the cast of The Chosen as they trace the story of Advent through all of Scripture. Download the app for free from the app store or go to for more information.

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 devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Our Advent calendar above can help you fully enter into the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ.  More Advent resources are listed below. ( from

Advent Resources from
(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)