The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. — Isaiah 9:1
A tree stump is a sobering, but timely Advent image. Compared to a stately tree with wide spreading branches, God’s chosen people eventually grew too proud. God chopped the tree down but through the prophets promised, “a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse.” Christians believe this promise is fulfilled in Jesus. Perhaps an unhealthy pride within the Catholic Church brought about the scandal of sexual abuse and its cover-up. This sad reality calls for repentance and reform down to the Church’s roots. Yet, abuse of power, in its multiple and subtle manifestations, is a sin with which many people struggle.
You are invited to a communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a spiritual practice of hope in the redeeming and reforming grace of Jesus in our midst. Approximately one hour, this service will include an examination of conscience, the opportunity for private confession, and a ritual around the Jesse Tree. Please join the parish community for this Advent prayer seeking forgiveness, renewal, and hope for ourselves, our Church, and our world.
Simbang Gabi Advent Novena Mass Tradition from the Philippines Friday, December 21 at 7:30 PM
You are invited to a Simbang Gabi Advent Mass celebration at St. Margaret Mary Church on Friday, December 21 at 7:30 PM. Since 1998, SMM has been hosting Simbang Gabi as part of a nine-day Advent Mass novena being celebrated in designated churches within the Diocese of Joliet. Liturgy in English is accompanied by Filipino music, with fellowship after the Mass.
St. Margaret Mary Parish first developed an online Advent Calendar in 1997, presenting an centuries-old tradition in a new way. We hope that the calendar will encourage you and your family to prayerfully participate in the Advent season. Please visit the calendar often during Advent.
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As a worshipping Roman Catholic parish family we are guided by a collegial partnership of laity, pastor, and ministerial staff. Together we seek to foster spiritual growth through the active practice of Christianity. By the sharing of our God-given talents and resources with all God's people we strive for peace and justice as the "Parish with Heart."