Advent in the Collaborative
Please plan to take advantage of the special programs being offered in the Collaborative of St. Ann and St. Brendan this Advent. Each provides a wonderful opportunity to prepare to celebrate the gift of Christ’s life among us!
The Light is On For You – Sacrament of Penance
Wednesdays of Advent 6.30 to 8.00 PM (November 30, December 7, 14 & 21) – Confessions will be heard at St. Ann’s – stop in before heading off to Christmas shop!
Advent Lecture Series
Two special talks will be offered to help us prepare to celebrate Christmas and to live our Catholic faith in our world today:
Tuesday, December 6th, 7.00 PM at St. Ann’s
“Living our Catholic Faith with Firm Intention”
Father Michael Drea will reflect on witnessing to Christ in our lives.
Thursday, December 15th, 7.00 PM at St. Brendan’s
“Preparing for Christmas: Music, Mary, Mass”
Come hear Boston's three youngest priests (Fr. Patrick Fiorillo, Fr. Anthony Cusack and Fr. Gerald Souza) offer an evening of reflections and music on the season of Advent and how to be prepared for the coming of the Savior!
Special Blessing of the Christ Child
Mark your calendar for the weekend of December 10th and 11th – Gaudete Sunday– please plan to bring the Christ Child figure that will be placed in your family’s home Nativity scene to be blessed at all the Masses. As we prepare for Christmas, what a wonderful way to help the children (and, in fact, all of us) better understand the true meaning of Christmas by preparing a home Nativity scene. The Nativity scene or crèche dates to 1223 when St. Francis of Assisi created the first representation of the birth of Christ in the Italian town of Greccio. St. Francis hoped to assist the faithful in understanding the greatness of God’s love through the humility of His birth in the Bethlehem manger.
An Evening of Christmas Music with the Choir of St. Paul’s
Saturday, December 17 at 7.00 PM at St. Brendan’s
The renowned choir of boys and men from St. Paul’s, Harvard Square will offer inspiring music of the season followed by a festive reception in the church hall. Admission is free and all are welcome!
Coming soon to a mailbox near you!
Please be watching your mailbox for an important
letter of update about our parishes of St.
Ann and St. Brendan that you will be receiving
from Father Drea. This letter will detail information
about the finances in both parishes and
how we hope to address this important issue.
Saint Ann Neponset
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