Many thanks to the Corpus Christi Foundation for co-sponsoring this Advent program.
In the sections below, you can find scripture reflection videos, resources for the four Sundays of Advent and Christmas Time, music for these liturgical seasons, personal and family devotions, information on the little way of St. Therese, and more. Feel free to browse and use what looks interesting to you. The checkmarks simply mean that you have already visited a particular resource.
During the season of Advent, we prepare ourselves for three comings of the Lord:
1.His coming in history, which we will commemorate during the Christmas season;
2.His coming today in the sacraments, the scriptures, and our ordinary lives; and
3.His coming at the end of the world to establish his eternal kingdom.
Through his incarnation, ongoing presence, and second coming, Jesus is truly Emmanuel, which means "God is with us" (Matthew 1:23). This Advent, let us dwell on the past, when God foreshadowed the coming of the Messiah and then "made his dwelling among us" by taking on human flesh (John 1:14). Let us focus on the present, since Jesus has promised that he will always be with us, "until the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). And let us look to the future, when "God's dwelling [will be] with the human race" (Revelation 21:3).
Weekly Scripture Reflection Videos with Michael Fonseca
Michael Fonseca has been the Coordinator for Spiritual Formation in the Diaconate Program of the Diocese of Victoria, Texas, since 1998. He and his wife Cherrie founded God's Embrace Ministries, which trains spiritual directors, offers formation classes, and hosts weekend retreats and parish missions on Catholic spirituality. Along with the guidebooks and leader guides for the formation programs of God's Embrace Ministries, Michael has written Living in God's Embrace and Loving the Master's Footsteps.
One Whirling Adventure: The Bible
with Greg Smith
Where did the scriptures come from, how do they relate to the Church, and why are they uniquely Catholic? Join Greg Smith for this exploration of the Bible yesterday and today in "The Bible: A Uniquely Catholic Object." This free episode premieres at 7:15 p.m. on December 1 and will be available afterward as well.
Greg is the Director of Ministry at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. He writes, produces, and hosts One Whirling Adventure, a year-long series of webinars on Catholic people, places, and things.
The Little Way
of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
What can a cloistered French nun who died more than a hundred years ago teach us about how to prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming? Join Greg Smith for an exploration of the little way to holiness in “One Whirling Adventure: St. Therese of the Child Jesus.” Then learn how to make and use sacrifice beads so you can offer your good works as gifts to Jesus during Advent. Kits for making sacrifice beads will be available in the narthex at Our Lady of the Lake.
Music for Advent
with Audrey Thomas
Most of the music we hear in December has nothing to do with Advent, or even Christmas. Don't get stuck listening to "Frosty the Snowman" over and over again this year. Instead, Audrey Thomas, the Director of Sacred Music at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, will provide playlists for Advent and Christmas Time that will help you prepare for Christ's coming and celebrate these seasons with the whole Church.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Thursdays from 3-9 p.m. (December 3, 10, and 17) Friday, December 4 from 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. (December 5, 12, and 19) Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (December 2 and 9)
Our Lady of the Lake is livestreaming Masses on Sundays in Advent (11 a.m.), the Immaculate Conception (6:30 p.m.), Christmas Eve (4 p.m.), and Christmas Day (11 a.m.). You do not need a Facebook account to watch the Mass.