Family Feast Day Fun: Advent edition

The symbols and colors of the Church during each liturgical season can be brought home in simple ways and help our kiddos understand the Church and her teachings in their everyday space. This is what we Catholics can call liturgical living.

ADVENT is coming! If you don’t already follow the liturgical calendar at home, Advent is the perfect season to start! How to do that with kids? The first thing I had to learn was that Advent is a separate (purposefully so) season from Christmas. Holding off on Christmas-specific décor/songs has made a huge difference in our household anticipation for the true Christmas season. Here are 2 ways to start Advent traditions.

Advent Wreath: Beginning dinner every night ceremoniously lighting the candle(s) designated for that week is something my kids adore. Talk about what that week’s candle represents (hope>peace>joy>love). You can easily make or buy one. Here’s more info on the wreath.

Straw for Jesus: If you happen to have a manger, that’s great. We started with a shoebox. Collect pine straw from outside (or use real hay) and put some in a jar next to it. Explain that for each good deed they do throughout Advent, they get to put a piece of straw in the manger to help prepare baby Jesus’ place for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, swaddle a baby doll, sing Away in the Manger while placing it inside (tip: Hobby Lobby now sells these kits pre-made!).

Days to remember!

Dec. 6- Feast of St. Nicholas: On the night before we have the kids put a shoe by the door/fireplace, and read about St. Nicholas (aka Santa Claus) and his passion for sharing God’s love by giving gifts. Put chocolate gold coins in each shoe, and a simple gift if you like. This is when I also start to put out their Advent/Christmas books for the season. Speculaas is the traditional treat to make, or gingerbread if that’s easier.

Dec. 8- Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary: A solemnity is the highest of feast days! This day we celebrate Mary’s conception within her mother, St. Anne’s, womb. Go to mass and feast on a dinner of all blue or white foods, since those are often Our Lady’s favorite colors.

Dec. 13- Feast of St. Lucy: She is the patroness of light with a heroic story. We wait until this day to put up our Christmas lights and make a big deal about lighting them that night in her honor. For breakfast, form a circle of cinnamon buns (or legit St. Lucy buns if you prefer), add some candles, and enjoy!

The anticipation for Christmas builds so beautifully during Advent. Our kids love the traditions we’ve made, and often remember more than we do! Then when Christmas officially arrives, we can celebrate it merrily for the 12 days all the way to Epiphany, without the burnout we used to have.

These are just some of the examples of how we live liturgically during Advent. Feel free to email me for more resources, book lists, Advent songs, recipes, or anything! Lindsay at aldridge0222@gmail.com.

Live Nativity on December 16

All are invited to join our parish’s Live Nativity brought to us by Sisters of the Home of the Mother and friends on Saturday, December 16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. There will be a showing every half hour starting in Jordan Hall. Questions? Contact the Sisters by emailing hmretreat@gmail.com

Our Tree Lot is Open!

Keep Christ in Christmas with real Christmas Trees! Come to the Assumption Men’s Club tree lot across from Assumption Church Office and in front of Bishop Kenny High School. The lot is officially open and hours are 5:30-8:00pm weekdays and 9:00am-8:00pm weekends. Don’t wait!

Our trees are blessed, our workers pray the Rosary for our customers intentions, our customers take home Christmas Tree blessings to their family, and the profits from the sale go to Assumption Ministries. This is a real Christmas Tree that keeps giving. All trees are Frazier firs freshly cut from the mountains of North Carolina.

Capital Campaign: Planning Study Results

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thank you again to everyone who participated in our important planning study. We mailed every registered household a results letter. If you did not receive the letter, I ask that you please call the parish office to make sure we have your correct contact information. The results of the planning study can be found below.

Love,

Fr. Jason

Welcome Fr. Sebastian Musa!

Reverend Sebastian Musa, a priest of the Archdiocese of Abuja, Nigeria, was ordained on the 13th of July, 1996. Over the past twenty-seven years, Reverend Musa has served in various capacities in his home diocese as pastor, diocesan project coordinator, chancellor, chaplain and spiritual director to diocesan groups. 

Between 2008 to 2010, Reverend Musa took up Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and served as chaplain while at St. Mary of the Assumption parish, Brookline, MA. 

It is a wonderful coincidence that as Reverend Musa returns to the US for priestly ministry, his first assignment finds him at Assumption Catholic Church, Jacksonville. 

Reverend Musa is looking forward to serving this faith community!

Very Rev. Jason Trull named Vicar General for the Diocese of St. Augustine, effective Jan. 20, 2023.

After the announcement of my appointment as Vicar General, I have had numerous questions regarding what a Vicar General is/does. According to Canon (Church) Law the following canons pertain to the Vicar General:

Can. 475 §1. In each diocese the diocesan bishop must appoint a vicar general who is provided with ordinary power according to the norm of the following canons and who is to assist him in the governance of the whole diocese.

Can. 479 §1. By virtue of office, the vicar general has the executive power over the whole diocese which belongs to the diocesan bishop by law, namely, the power to place all administrative acts except those, however, which the bishop has reserved to himself, or which require a special mandate of the bishop by law.

And from our Diocesan website:
The duty of the vicar general is to assist the bishop in the governance of the Diocese of St. Augustine. “A vicar general and an episcopal vicar must report to the diocesan bishop concerning more important affairs which are to be handled or have been handled, and they are never to act contrary to the intention and mind of the diocesan bishop” (Canon 480).

In short, the Vicar General must maintain a broad view of the work of the diocese and assist the bishop in shepherding the diocese. This will be a challenging assignment, but I think it will also be an exciting one! I hope this description helps. I again ask for your prayers as I take on this responsibility and please know of my continued prayers for all of you!

Love,

Fr. Jason

16th Anniversary of Home of the Mother at Assumption

On the feast of Pope St. John Paul II, October 22, 2006, marks the 16th an anniversary of the foundation of the Sisters of the Home of the Mother here at Assumption when Sister Teresa (superior), Sister Clare, Sister Maria Elena and Sister Ruth began here. Happy anniversary Sisters!!

All are invited to join them for a meeting on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 5:30 in Kohls Hall to celebrate!

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