Welcome to the Advent Offerings for 2020
Prepare your heart for the greater coming of our Lord Jesus into your life.
Check back often as we will be updating this page throughout the season.
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!
A new video was 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 - Make sure to grab your gold coins and join Ann Ryan as she shares “Just Nicholas” by Annie Kratzsch.
Advent Story Sunday, Third Sunday of Advent - Make sure to grab your Nativity ornament kit and join Johannah Lee as she shares "Silent Night, Holy Night" by Joseph Mohr.
Advent Story Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Advent - Make sure to grab your Christmas prayer cube and join Barb Lee as she shares "Christmas is Coming" by Tama Forner.
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.
Stations of the Nativity
Deepen your Advent journey to Christ as you walk with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. The fifteen Stations of the Nativity is an interactive prayer experience located outside, in the West parking lot on our Church grounds. Just seek out the large red "Welcome" banner to locate the first station. The stations run along the back road of the church proper from West to East. 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 offer 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, Seton parishioner and gifted lector, and Sue Switalski, Pastoral Minister. Tap the Stations of the Nativity picture above to watch now.
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 access this prayer experience anytime you wish. You may even wish to share it with others, inviting all to welcome Christ into their hearts this season. Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.
- Prayer stations are available now 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
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.
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.
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
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.