This Advent, resolve to do something new: gather with family and friends, light a candle, pray together, and enjoy an evening of fellowship, or brunch, or cookies & tea. No matter how small or big your group, make it a point to invite pregnant Mary and Joseph to your gathering.
Blessed icons of the Holy Family will be traveling around the parish – between families, small groups, organizations – for the three full weeks of Advent, and returning each Sunday of Advent to St. Paul Church. At each stop, people gather to pray with the icon present. Material for suggested communal prayer will be provided: Rosary, Morning prayer, Vespers, material for prayer with children, etc.. or design your own prayer gathering. To have a common thread, we ask that intercessions include families and children to be born, migrants and refugees, and Christians facing persecution.
A sign-up list decides where Mary and Joseph are going each day; each stop may keep the icon two days (Mon & Tue, Wed & Thu, Fri & Sat); sign-up sheets are available in the church after Sunday Masses, November 17 and 24.