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Experience Advent

A Season of Faith, Hope & Waiting

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A Message from Father Joy...

December is the time when we start a New Liturgical Year with the season of Advent! It is a time of prayerful anticipation, to keep our hearts open for the Lord’s coming. And the main message throughout this season is “Prepare the Way of the Lord” as we await the coming of Jesus, the Savior of our World. The Prophets of the “Chosen Nation” had been preparing the people of God to welcome the Promised Messiah, and now it is our turn to be that prophetic Voice for the Good in our modern world.

Special Advent Gatherings

Guest speakers, scripture, volunteer opportunities, and special events for all ages.

Mass & Services

Allow the peace of Christ Jesus into your heart this Season!  Join us in-person or online.

Pray With Us

We have designated prayer times for the Advent Season or use our online resources.

Special Advent Gatherings

Encounter - Adult Speaker Series

Dr. Lorrie Wenzel

Sunday, Dec. 3rd at 9:30am

Scripture with Sue

Monday, Dec. 4th at 6:00pm

This presentation will identify some of the early Christian followers whose stories are etched into the statues and stained glass of cathedrals around the world. Recalling holy lives gives us hope in times of heartbreak. Christian saints and martyrs show us it is possible to carry the Light of Christ in the face of grievous despair and give us the courage to do the same.

Advent - Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas

Youth Ministry Christmas Party

Sunday, Dec. 10th at 6:30pm

Come celebrate Jesus' birthday with us! Enjoy Christmas-themed games, snacks, and a reflection and prayer time. Invite your friends & wear your best Christmas outfit!

Advent Come & Serve

Sunday, Dec. 10th at 9:30am

Monday, Dec. 11th at 6:00pm

Location: Sippel Hall

Location: Sippel Hall

All are welcome to join the Disciple Formation Team as they prepare items to serve our extended community! Individuals, couples, and families are invited to come for a bit or come for the whole time and rotate through numerous stations of service opportunities to assist with needs from around the New Berlin & Waukesha area. There are projects for all ages to help spread love and joy this Advent & Christmas season. We hope you can join us.

Advent Story Night

Sunday, Dec. 17th at 6:30pm

This Advent kids of all ages are invited to wear their PJs and bring a blanket or favorite stuffed animal to help them get cozy as members of the Child Ministry team read Christmas stories around the altar. Hot cocoa and cookies to follow.

This opportunity is open to ALL children - so tell the children in your life about it (they don't have to be a parish member). We want to see you this Advent season!

Mass & Services 

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday, Dec. 8th at 8:00am

Friday, Dec. 8th at 6:30pm

In-person Only

In-person and Online

Advent Penance Service

Thursday, Dec. 14th at 6:30pm

Advent is a wonderful opportunity to prepare our hearts for the rebirth of Christ in our lives. Reconciliation can help us by giving the gift of God's love and mercy. Our Advent Sacrament of Reconciliation service will be offered on Thursday December 14 at 6:30 p.m.  You are invited to participate in this evening that allows the peace of Christ Jesus to enter your heart.  Please note - several priests will be available for individual Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Pray With Us

Advent Prayer Service with Communion

WEEK 1
Dec. 6th at 6:30pm

WEEK 2
Dec. 13th at 6:30pm

WEEK 3
Dec. 20th at 6:30pm

Deacon Dick Winkowski

Sue Switalski
Includes music of Walk By Faith

Jim Schutte
Includes music of Walk By Faith

Join us in the Sanctuary on Wednesday evenings, December 6, 13, and 20 at 6:30 p.m. for an Advent Prayer Service. With a brief Liturgy of the Word, a reflection, and Communion, this is a great way to add prayer to your Advent! Come and be part of this Seton tradition. All are welcome!

Labyrinth

DECEMBER 7
8:30 to 10:00am
6:30 to 8:00pm

DECEMBER 14
8:30 to 10:00am
5:30 to 8:00pm

DECEMBER 20
8:30 to 10:00am
6:30 to 8:00pm

We invite you to join us in walking prayer at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s indoor labyrinth. The labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool used for quiet reflection. It has no dead ends and is used as a path for a prayerful walk. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton's indoor labyrinth is open Thursdays during Advent.

Stations of the Nativity

Deepen your Advent journey to Christ as you walk with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Experience the birth of Christ and live out several moments in Scripture that frame our Advent and Christmas season. The Advent Stations of the Nativity offers a pre-recorded video that you can upload to your phone or device allowing you to pray these stations with the music of Linda Halverson, Director of Music and Liturgy, Joe Kopinski, gifted lector and Seton parishioner, and Sue Switalski, Pastoral Minister.

Pray the Stations of the Nativity from the comfort of your own home and access this prayer experience anytime you choose. You may even wish to share it with others, inviting all to welcome Christ into their hearts this season. Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.

Advent With Laudate Deum

A Pilgrimage of Reconciliation with the World that Is Our Home:

Advent 2023 with Laudate Deum

Open For Prayer

Monday - Friday | 8:30 to 4:30 pm

Our Sanctuary and Reservation Chapel are open for prayer and meditation Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Drop in for some quiet reflection. Use the Parish Office entrance.

Advent Prayer Resources

“Emmanuel.” God WITH us!  We, as Catholic Christians celebrate the season of Advent (from the Latin word "ad-venire" meaning "to come to").  Each week is an opportunity to prepare our hearts just as we prepare our homes in this season of joyful hope.  Just imagine if our interior souls were as decorated as Candy Cane Lane or Country Christmas!  How can we make this happen?  Well, one of the ways is through prayer.  Keep in mind prayer takes many forms! 

So here is an offering of prayerful ways “to come to” know Christ in a deeper, more profound way this Advent Season provided by our Seton Formation Team.  Together, we pray that all of us can grow in understanding and acceptance of God’s abundant love for us.  May we, as the community of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, become that understanding, acceptance, and abundant love for everyone we meet!

Maranatha everyone ~ Come Lord Jesus

 

God's Peace ~ Sue Switalski 

5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath
By: Lisa M. Hendey

Spend just five minutes a day praying around your Advent wreath with popular author Lisa M. Hendey’s heart-felt reflections and you’ll experience the promise, renewal, and hope of the Advent season. Hendey—founder of CatholicMom.com—invites you to take up the centuries-old tradition of lighting candles and gathering around an Advent wreath in prayer with family and friends. These scripture-based devotions are perfect for any age and setting, and offer a few minutes of simplicity, focus, and sacred longing as you contemplate and prepare for the great gift of Christ’s birth.

12 Catholic Advent Activities for Families
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