The word Advent comes from the Latin “arrival” or “coming.”
This is the season during which we prepare for Christmas – the arrival of Jesus. More then just one day, it is the coming of Jesus into our hearts and lives each day.
This Advent the Sisters have been preparing by actively waiting to celebrate Christmas.
The First Week of Advent – “Watch”
The Sisters entered into Advent with the theme “O Emmanuel, Hope of the Nations, Come and Bring Us Peace” to remind us to pray to the giver of all peace for peace in our hearts, homes, cities, and nations.
Advent Sunday evening prayer services in the Chapel began as well.
The first Christmas Cookies were baked just in time for St. Nicholas day.
The Four young women volunteering for a year of service as Redeemer Ministry Corps members surprised the Sisters with a caroling visit at dinner one evening.
The Second Week of Advent – “Prepare”
The Sisters also offered an Advent Retreat Day for women – a time of quiet reflection in preparation for Christmas.
The Province celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with a day of quiet reflection and sharing facilitated by the film “The Human Experience.”
Two women made their first commitments as Redeemer Associates – a commitment to prayer and service while maintaining their own lifestyles.
Third Week of Advent – “Rejoice”
In anticipation of Christmas rejoicing decorating around the Provincialate began little by little. Sisters and Employees working at the Provincialate started their holiday tradition of “door decorating.” All signs the Christmas is drawing near.
A couple of the Sisters rejoiced with the school children at a local parish as the PREP program held their pagent and prayer service.
The Sisters rejoice to welcome back a Sister after her week long visit at the Motherhouse in Germany.
The Sisters now await the Fourth week of Advent and the joy of the Christmas Season.
May you and your loved ones know the joy and peace
of the greatest gift that is Jesus this Christmas.