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The Season of Advent

Advent: The Biblical Roots

Though it’s never explicitly mentioned in the Bible, Advent is inspired by scripture.

Isaiah, a messianic prophet, foretold Jesus’s birth centuries before it took place:

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; the young woman, pregnant and about to bear a son, shall name him Emmanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)

In the Gospels, we see the fulfillment of this prophecy.

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,”

which means, “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25)

The Four Sundays and Themes of Advent

From homes to churches, schools, and offices – the Advent wreath is a common symbol of the liturgical season. Its purpose is literally to light the way to the true Light of the World. 

The circular wreath, typically made of evergreen leaves like pine or fir, represents God’s infinite and everlasting love for us. It also holds four candles to light each Sunday of Advent. 

First candle / Sunday: HOPE (The Prophecy Candle)

Second candle / Sunday: PEACE (The Bethlehem Candle)

Third candle / Sunday: JOY (The Shepherd’s Candle)

Fourth candle / Sunday: LOVE (The Angel’s Candle) 

Source: https://hallow.com/advent/



An Act of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Holy Mary, Mother of God and Virgin, I choose thee this day for my queen, patron, and advocate, and firmly resolve and purpose never to abandon thee, never to say or do anything against thee, nor to permit that aught be done by others to dishonour thee. Receive me, then, I conjure thee, as thy perpetual servant; assist me in all my actions, and do not abandon me at the hour of my death. Amen. — St. John Berchmans

Devotions to the Mother of God

(Source: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/overviews/months/05_1.cfm)

PRAYER FOR THE CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY FAMILY 
O Lord Jesus,  
you lived in the home of Mary and Joseph in Nazareth.  
There you grew in age, wisdom and grace  
as you prepared to fulfill your mission as our Redeemer.  
We entrust our family to you
O Blessed Mary,  
you are the Mother of our Saviour.  
At Nazareth you cared for Jesus  
and nurtured him in the peace and joy of your home.  
We entrust our family to you.  
O Saint Joseph,  
you provided a secure and loving home for Jesus and Mary,  
and gave us a model of fatherhood  
while showing us the dignity of work.  
We entrust our family to you.  
Holy Family,  
We consecrate ourselves and our family to you.  
May we be completely united  
in a love that is lasting, faithful and open to the gift of new life.  
Help us to grow in virtue,  
to forgive one another from our hearts,  
and to live in peace all our days.  
Keep us strong in faith, persevering in prayer,  
diligent in our work, and generous to those in need.  
May our home, O Holy Family, truly become a domestic church  
where we reflect your example in our daily life. Amen 
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us! 
(Source: Microsoft Word – Consecration prayer to the Holy Family (sacredheartbath.org) 

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The Parish is committed to the Christ-like care of all children, young persons and vulnerable people. By following in the example of Jesus Christ and his words to “Let the little children come!”, the Parish is doing all it can to build a community and a Church that safeguards the voice, freedom and life of children, young persons and vulnerable people. Please click on LINKS to view some of our essential policy documents.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY

Child sexual abuse is a crime. The appropriate people to deal with crimes are the police. If you, or anyone yo know, have been abused, please contact the police. Alternatively, you can contact the Safeguarding and MInisterial Integrity Office at (02) 9390 5810 or click on the link https://www.sydneycatholic.org/safeguarding-and-child-protection/

You may also want to speak to your Parish Priest – Fr Emmanuel Seo who will be able to provide support and guidance. The Archdiocese has a legal obligation to report crimes to the police.