December is here and full of wonderful liturgical feasts and celebrations! As if it wasn't already a busy enough month, we've got lots of ideas for you to celebrate Advent with your family to make it a truly meaningful and mindful preparation for the birth of Jesus. The first Sunday of Advent, Dec 2nd, marks the start of the liturgical new year, a perfect time to make some resolutions to increase your faith as a family. We hope some of these events and suggestions help you to do that!
First Friday Mass and All Night Adoration: Friday, December 7th, 7:30pm- 8am
Feast of the Immaculate Conception: Saturday, December 8th (Holy Day of Obligation)
See the entire Advent liturgy schedule, noting also that there are extended hours for Confession during Advent.
Monthly Mom's Night Out: Wednesday, December 12th 7:30-9pm
Join us for a warm drink as we get to know other moms in the parish, at the Starbucks on Gilman Blvd in Issaquah. Hope to see you there!
Advent Craft and Cookie Decorating: Sunday, December 16th, after 10:00 Mass
Join us for our annual tradition of cookie decorating and a craft to celebrate the third Sunday of Advent, following the 10:00 Mass downstairs in the hall, alongside coffee and donuts.
December Activities for your Domestic Church
Advent Ideas for crafts, calendars, and prayers
Christmas books are some of the most beautifully told stories, and here is a great list of books if you need ideas for presents or for a nightly reading with your family
Jesse Tree: You have probably noticed the large tree in the gathering space with tags hanging all over it-this is the Jesse Tree! Please take a tag or two and go shopping with your kids to encourage a generous and giving spirit during Advent. The unwrapped presents need to be returned to church by December 9th.
Issaquah Meals Program: In the cold of winter there are more people coming for meals, and our parish hosts a few nights a month to provide meals to about 60 people at the Issaquah fire station. If you would like to provide some food or your time to serve, contact our parish coordinator for the meals, Michele Sarlitto at email@example.com
As parents we can all relate to Joseph and Mary as they awaited the birth of Jesus-they were likely afraid yet excited for what was to come, and overwhelmed with love for their future child. Let us have that same anticipating love and help our families to prepare for the great Feast of Christmas!
We hope you have a wonderful and faith-enriching Advent and a blessed Christmas season!
Your Family Ministry Team