Although the Extraordinary Jubilee Year has concluded, we are still living in a “time of mercy.” That was the message of Pope Francis in a lengthy Apostolic Letter, entitled Misericordia et misera, (“Mercy and Misery”), issued on Monday following the close of the Year of Mercy.
Read the full text of Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter here: Misericordia et misera
Español: Carta Apostólica del Papa Francisco “Misericordia et Misera”,
Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.
The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs 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).
Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Our Advent calendar above can help you fully enter in to the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ. More Advent resources are listed below.
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1. Friday, January 1, 2016 - the solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God
2. Sunday, May 8, 2016 - the solemnity of the Ascension (Transferred)*
3. Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - the solemnity of All Saints
4. Thursday, December 8, 2016 - the solemnity of Immaculate Conception
5. Sunday, December 25, 2016 - the solemnity of Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ