O Come, O Come Emmanuel!" This familiar hymn reminds the church of the season of Advent, a time marked for preparation and consecration prior to the coming of the Messiah.
The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival" and, when used with Christmas, it calls us to preparing the way of the Lord. We are called to make ourselves ready to receive the Hope offered to us in the incarnation of Christ, the Son of God.
Advent is about the Hope in the love and mercy found in the incarnation of our Lord (that God became man to offer us salvation). No matter where you are in your faith journey—just coming to the Church or in the pew every week—we invite you at this moment to take these four weeks of to turn your heart toward the Lord and prepare to invite Jesus deeper into your heart for your entire life.
Weekend Mass Schedule
Join us each weekend at our regular Mass schedule plus for our special celebrations.
- Saturdays—5:00 pm (bilingual)
- Sundays—8:30 & 10:30 am (English) & 12:30 pm (Spanish)
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 8, 2018
12:10 p.m. (English)
Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 12, 2018
7:00 p.m. (Spanish)
Confessions - Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation
God’s mercy is limitless. He calls each and everyone of to be humbled and seek the healing we need. We will have various opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this Advent Season. Come receive the grace of God’s Mercy found in this sacraments.
Saturdays @ 3:30 to 4:45 pm
Friday, December 7th @ 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Saturday, December 8th @ 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Tuesday, December 11th @ 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 16th @ 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Wednesday, December 19th @ 6:45 to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, December 21st @ 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Advent Family Night
Wednesday, November 28th, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. @ Corpus Christi Catholic School
Families gather for an evening centered on the season of Advent, with the focus of the night on creating a family Advent wreath using live evergreens. Learn more...
Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe
Celebrating the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a rich tradition from Mexico where she appeared to a poor native 1500 years ago. Here at St. Francis, we keep this tradition by praying a novena from December 4 through 12 each year. Click here to view our schedule and learn more.
Corpus Christi School
Our school is holding it’s annual Christmas Music Program on Thursday, December 14th at 6:30 pm. @ Our Lady of the Lake. Come and enjoy the music and fellowship.
St. Francis de Sales will host a Posada on Saturday, December 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. A posada is a tradition of walking praying the journey of Mary and Joseph as they look for lodging before the birth of Christ. We will begin in the Gathering Space with prayer followed by hospitality (in Spanish, English materials available). All are welcome.
Christmas Giving Tree Program
Our Giving tree program is a long tradition here at St. Francis where parishioners are able to donate Christmas presents to families in need. Please consider picking up an ornament in the gathering space the weekends of November 24/25 and December 1/2.
The gifts need to be returned to the gathering space no later than December 13th in order to be processed and given out December 14th.
Little Seasonal Reflection Booklets
...are available in the gathering space or the parish office. The book offers daily reflection throughout the Season of Advent.
Christmas Wreaths to support Youth Ministry activities will be on sale leading up to Christmas. Learn more...
Advent Small Groups
What better way to celebrate Advent than by gathering weekly with others in the parish to pray and reflect on the Sunday readings. Life is busy, so it's important to be intentional about seeking the Lord. This is your opportunity to grow in anticipation and love of the Lord, get to know parishioners, and come to better know, love, and serve the Lord. Visit the parish website to learn more and to register — www.stfrancisholland.org/smallgroups
Fr. Robert Barron's Advent Reflection (sign up for emails)
USCCB's Advent Page (includes video and audio reflections)
Loyola Press' Advent Page for Families
Catholics Welcome Home
Advent Wreath Coloring Page
Advent Reflection Guide 2017: A season to welcome the stranger
Join us as we celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our Christmas Eve and Day schedule can be found below. More details are available on our parish website.
Children’s Christmas Program
Before the 5:00 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Mass, Elementary-aged children portray the Nativity. Children who would like to participate are encouraged to sign up online at www.stfrancisholland.org/christmas-program.
Christmas Eve, December 24, 2018
- Family Mass, 5:00 pm
- “Midnight” Mass, 10:30 (trilingual—English, Spanish, Vietnamese) (Music begins at 10:00 p.m.)
Christmas Day, December 25, 2018
Mass, 10:30 am (English) & 12:30 p.m. (Spanish)