My Dear Parishioners,
It was nice that Fr. Jim stepped in for few weeks to write the Pastor’s column. That was a good break; I enjoyed it; glad to give him more opportunities. (Less work for me hahaha) But the fact is, we work together as a good team. You might have noticed our parish bulletin content and lay out has modified. Fr. Joao has taken responsibility to bring the flavour of Catechism through his YOUCAT session. Very impressive. If you like the lay out modification, credit goes to Joanita, our parish secretary. Please note that the Mass intentions are published in our glass notice board in the foyer.
Hey, we are already in Advent; the new liturgical year. The Advent season invites us to prepare 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). This week you will receive an Advent Calendar to help you prepare for Christmas.
Violet or Purple is historically the main colour used for Advent because it reflects penitence, fasting, and the color of royalty to welcome the Advent of the King (Jesus Christ). The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his first Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his second Advent. Some churches use other colours in recent times. For example, some churches mark the third Sunday of Advent with pink or rose, colors that represent joy.
Advent Wreath & Candles
The Advent wreath first appeared in Germany in 1839. A Lutheran minister working at a mission for children created a wreath out of the wheel of a cart. Traditionally, Advent wreaths are constructed of a circle of Evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted, representing the four weeks of Advent. Ideally, three candles are violet, and one is rose, but white candles can also be used. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead. We will be inviting families at each Mass to light the Advent candle. If any family prefers to do it in the following Sundays, kindly see a sacristan and sign up. Please come 10 minutes before Mass to the sacristy to acknowledge your presence; so that the celebrant priest can invite you to the altar.
Wishing you all blessed Advent,
Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor