O Come, O Come Emmanuel!" This familiar hymn reminds the church of the season of Advent, a time marked for preparation and consecration prior to the coming of the Messiah.
The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival" and, when used with Christmas, it calls us to preparing the way of the Lord. We are called to make ourselves ready to receive the Hope offered to us in the incarnation of Christ, the Son of God.
Together this Advent, our parish will explore the Hope offered to us in the coming of Jesus Christ both in His birth and His second coming in a series called “Hope is on the Way”. The themes of this series is noted below. The goal of the series is the help guide our parish in prayerful reflect of the scripture together. Our priests will be focusing on these themes in their homilies, our bulletin will include resources to use at home with family and friends, and our small groups will be using them as a guide in their reflection of the Sunday readings. May God bless our time of preparation and anticipation and guide us to a more profound relationship with His son Jesus Christ.
First Week of Advent, December 3, 2017
Keep Awake for the Savior
Second Week of Advent, December 10, 2017
Have an Open Heart for the Holy Spirit
Third Week of Advent, December 17, 2017
Make straight the way of the Lord
Fourth Week of Advent, December 24, 2017
Be Open to the Will of the Lord What Gift did God Bring
Use the links above for our weekly resources throughout Advent including a question of the week, advent lighting prayer, and prayer intention. Click here to access small group resources.
Fr. Robert Barron's Advent Reflection (sign up for emails)
USCCB's Advent Page (includes video and audio reflections)
Loyola Press' Advent Page for Families
Catholics Welcome Home
Advent Wreath Coloring Page
Advent Reflection Guide 2017: A season to welcome the stranger
Weekend Mass Schedule
Join us each weekend at our regular Mass schedule plus for our special celebrations.
- Saturdays—5:00 pm (bilingual)
- Sundays—8:30 & 10:30 am (English) & 12:30 pm (Spanish)
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 8, 2017
12:10 p.m. (English)
& 7:00 p.m. (bilingual)
Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 12, 2017
7:00 p.m. (Spanish)
Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Celebrating the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a rich tradition from Mexico where she appeared to a poor native 1500 years ago. Here at St. Francis, we keep this tradition by praying a novena from December 4 through 12 each year. Click here to view our schedule and learn more.
Confessions - Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation
God’s mercy is limitless. He calls each and everyone of to be humbled and seek the healing we need. We will have various opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this Advent Season. Come receive the grace of God’s Mercy found in this sacraments.
Saturdays @ 3:30 to 4:45 pm
Friday, December 8th @ 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 13th @ 6:45 to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 15th @ 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Wednesday, December 20th @ 6:45 to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 22nd @ 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Christmas Giving Tree Program
Our Giving tree program is a long tradition here at St. Francis where parishioners are able to donate Christmas presents to families in need. Please consider picking up an ornament in the gathering space the weekends of November 25/26 and December 2/3.
The gifts need to be returned to the gathering space no later than December 10th in order to be processed and given out December 16th.
Visitors to the Homebound:
Our parish has a very active ministry to the homebound. If you or someone you know is homebound and could benefit from a visit, please contact Tom Eggleston in the parish office.
All those who visit someone in their home or in a care facility can pick up a present for the homebound parishioners after mass in the Gather Space the weekend of December 16/17.
Little Blue Books
...are available in the gathering space or the parish office. The book offers daily reflection throughout the Season of Advent.
Christmas Wreaths to support Youth Ministry activities will be on sale leading up to Christmas. Contact Ricardo Valdez, in the parish office for more information.
Advent Small Groups
What better way to celebrate Advent than by gathering weekly with others in the parish to pray and reflect on the Sunday readings. Life is busy, so it's important to be intentional about seeking the Lord. This is your opportunity to grow in anticipation and love of the Lord, get to know parishioners, and come to better know, love, and serve the Lord. Visit the parish website to learn more and to register — www.stfrancisholland.org/smallgroups
Advent Family Night
Wednesday, December 6th—6:30 – 7:45 p.m. @ Corpus Christi Catholic School
Families gather for an evening centered on the season of Advent, with the focus of the night on creating a family Advent wreath using live evergreens. Families need to bring their own Advent candles or $5 to purchase a set. All other materials are provided.
Saturday, December 9th Sacred Art in Our Diocese Tom Eggleston, our pastoral associate, will lead a pilgrimage to see depictions of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary in stained glass windows at 5 different parishes in our diocese. The group will travel by bus and have reflections and prayers at each of the places. All ages are welcome. Contact Tom Eggleston in the office with questions or to sign up (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Young Adult Advent Reading Group
Thursday Evenings Young adults (ages 21-35) as a special way of entering into the Season of Advent. We will be reading Bringing Forth Christ: The Five Feasts of the Child Jesus, by St. Bonaventure. We will be meeting on Thursday evenings, though one need not be present at all five occasions to participate. Contact Tom Eggleston (email@example.com or 616-392-6700) for more information.
Corpus Christi School
Our school is holding it’s annual Christmas Music Program on Thursday, December 14th at 6:30 pm. @ St. Francis de Sales. Snow Date– December 19th. Come and enjoy the music and fellowship.
St. Francis de Sales will host a Posada on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. A posada is a tradition of walking praying the journey of Mary and Joseph as they look for lodging before the birth of Christ. We will begin in the Gathering Space with prayer followed by hospitality (in Spanish, English materials available). All are welcome.
Join us as we celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Christmas Eve and Day schedule can be found below. More details are available on our parish website.
Children’s Christmas Program
Before the 5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Mass, Elementary-aged children portray the Nativity. Children who would like to participate are encouraged to sign up online at www.stfrancisholland.org/christmas-program.
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017
- Family Mass, 5:00 pm
- “Midnight” Mass, 10:30 (trilingual—English, Spanish, Vietnamese) (Music begins at 10:00 p.m.)
Christmas Day, December 25, 2017
Mass, 10:30 am (English) & 12:30 p.m. (Spanish)