2020 Advent Events Calendar

Welcome to the Advent Offerings for 2020

Check back often as we will be updating this page throughout the season.

 


Advent Prayer Books

With Advent just around the corner, we are offering two Advent/Christmas prayer books for purchase. Look for the table in the Gathering Area to pick up these resources throughout Advent. 

"Waiting in Joyful Hope" offers daily reflections and meditations based on our daily readings (suggested $1.00 donation per book). Also available for purchase from the publisher: click here

The "Little Blue Book" is a more traditional offering on devotions for the season (suggested $1.00 donation per book). Also available for purchase from the publisher: click here.

If you are unable to purchase the Advent/Christmas books in person (suggested $1.00 donation per book), please Contact Us and we would be happy to send one to you through the mail. 


Advent Story Sundays

This Advent, we invite all children to join us online each week as we share a story and a treat to help us prepare our hearts for Christmas.

Each Sunday of Advent, we will release a new video of one of our Child Ministry leaders sharing a Christmas story, such as The Legend of the Christmas Cookie, Just Nicholas, or Silent Night.  Videos will be available to all who wish to tune in; however, if you’re looking for the “full experience,” see the DIY Advent Story Sundays below.

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 connect with you this Advent season! 

Create your own Advent Story Sundays Goody Bag to share with the children in your life. Follow our suggestions here or use your imagination and start building your own today. (Download the pdf here.)

Contact Ann Ryan in the Christian Formation Office for more details (262) 782-8982.

A new video will be released each week:

Advent Story Sunday, First Sunday of Advent - Make sure to grab your cookies and hot chocolate and join Ann Ryan as she shares “The Legend of the Christmas Cookie” by Dandi Daley Mackall.

 

Advent Story Sunday, Second Sunday of Advent - coming December 6.

 

 

Advent Story Sunday, Third Sunday of Advent - coming December 13.

 

 

Advent Story Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Advent - coming December 20.

 

 


Build your own Advent Wreath

Join us this season of Advent!

We invite you to join in the lighting of our sanctuary Advent wreath by lighting your own! Don't have an advent wreath? No worries. Here is a quick and easy way to participate with things found right in your home. You will need...

  • Four candles, any size, and color (traditional wreaths have three purple candles - purple, symbolizing prayer and preparation, and one pink, representing joy. But really any candles will do!)
  • A circle shape to put them on - like a pizza pan or a large plate (the circle represents God's never-ending love for us).
  • Some small evergreen branch clippings, if you have any, (representing everlasting life).
  • You can even bless your "wreath" right before the very first time you light it by saying these simple words... Lord God, bless this wreath and all who use it as we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ. Amen.

If your home has curious hands or paws that aren't flame friendly, you might wish to print out a picture of an advent wreath and color a candle each week while we light our Advent wreath in the sanctuary during the 8:30 a.m. Mass online.


Outdoor Prayer Experience

Stations of the Nativity

Through prayer and meditation you will have the chance to walk with Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem in an open air atmosphere while maintaining social distancing.

  • Prayer stations will be available the first week of Advent (coming soon )through the end of the Christmas season, Baptism of the Lord (January 10, 2021).
  • Open daily - Dawn to Dusk - prayer stations begin in the west parking lot

This Advent offering is open to everyone. If you live outside the area or simply prefer to pray the Stations of the Nativity from the comfort of your own home, you can enjoy an In-Home Reflection right here on this webpage coming soon.

Contact Sue Switalski for more details (262) 782-8982.


Online Advent Prayer Services

Join us online for Advent Prayer Services led by Deacon Dick Winkowski and Deacon Jeff Copson. With sung prayer and scripture, this is a great way to add prayer to your Advent! A new video will be released each Wednesday of Advent (Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23)

Contact Sue Switalski for more details (262) 782-8982.

A new video will be released each week:

Advent Prayer Service, First Sunday of Advent - coming December 2. 

 

 

Advent Prayer Service, Second Sunday of Advent - coming December 9.

 

 

Advent Prayer Service, Third Sunday of Advent - coming December 16.

 

 

Advent Prayer Service, Fourth Sunday of Advent - coming December 23.

 

 


Open for Prayer

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.


Virtual Christmas Greetings

Be a part of the Christmas season here at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Send us a photo of your family to display as a holiday greeting to the parish at all Masses throughout the Christmas season. This is open to everyone joining us online or in person. You do not have to be a parish member to participate.

The photo can be formal or informal, posed or candid. Take a family selfie if you'd like. We miss you and want to see your family virtually this Christmas. 

Send your photo by email to [email protected] by December 15th to be included in the slideshow.

  • Include your family name to be displayed with the photo
  • Tell us the city & state from which you join us for Mass (online or in-person)
  • Be sure to send us the full size photo. (choose "actual size" or "large" when you email)

Submission of your family photo acts as consent to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish for its use in the Virtual Christmas Greetings as part of Seton's livestreamed Mass.


Youth Ministry Corner

The Youth Ministry teens will be busy this Advent:

  • Advent Calendar - 24 Days of Kindness Countdown to Christmas
  • Making Christmas Cards for the New Berlin Police and Fire Departments
  • Making fleece blankets for Migrant Ministry 

Celebrate with us this Christmas Season

The Nativity of the Lord

  • Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 - 4:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.
  • Christmas Day, Dec. 25 - 10:00 a.m.

We will livestream all three Christmas Masses and offer overflow seating in Sippel Hall and Seton Hall.

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

  • Saturday, Dec. 26 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 27 - 8:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.

The Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

  • New Year's Day, Jan. 1 - 9:00 a.m.

The Epiphany of the Lord

  • Saturday, Jan. 2 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 3 - 8:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.

The Baptism of the Lord

  • Saturday, Jan. 9 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 10 - 8:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m.