Congregational E-News ~ Dec. 1, 2019
As we move into the holy season of Advent, we take time to pause to “rest awhile” and to ponder who God is—both in God’s self and in our individual selves—and on our relationship with the world our all-loving God has given us.
Come Aside and Rest Awhile

Come aside and rest awhile
Tis what He bids you do
Come aside and rest awhile
And He will speak to you.

Withdraw into some quiet place
Put heart and mind at rest
And Meditate with thoughtfulness
On all the ways you’re blessed.

It’s time to think of the wrong you’ve done
And the right you would like to do
It’s a time of peace and solitude
With only God and you.

Helen Kline Paulus
Franciscan Companion in Mission
Advent Blessings
Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas. Advent means "Coming" in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. We as Catholics use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.

"My brother, Jesus. It happens every year. I think that this will be the year that I have a reflective Advent. I look forward to Sunday and this new season, Jesus. But all around me are the signs rushing me to Christmas and some kind of celebration that equates spending with love.

I need your help. I want to slow my world down. This year, more than ever, I need Advent, these weeks of reflection and longing for hope in the darkness.

Jesus, this year, help me to have that longing. Help me to feel it in my heart and be aware of the hunger and thirst in my own soul. Deep down, I know there is something missing in my life, but I can’t quite reach for it. I can’t get what is missing.

I know it is about you, Jesus. You are not missing from my life, but I might be missing the awareness of all of the places you are present there.

Be with me, my dear friend. Guide me in these weeks to what you want to show me this Advent. Help me to be vulnerable enough to ask you to lead me to the place of my own weakness, the very place where I will find you the most deeply embedded in my heart, loving me without limits."
(Source: Prayer in the Days Before Advent - Creighton University's Online Ministries)

We invite you to join us this Advent with daily reflections and action steps surrounding care for our common home and for all of creation with inspiration taken from Laudato Si .
Click here to access the four weeks of daily reflections as well as an Advent Action Step Calendar.
Brewing Faith Podcast: Episode 2 - Belief & Community
Last month we discussed the changing dynamics of catechesis in the Church. We talked about staying at the table and addressed relativism. In this episode we dig a little deeper into the question of belief and community as we talk with two young women working on Red Hill Farm–Madison Rios and our Franciscan Volunteer, Katherine Stevick. We explore what community means and what it looks like to be a part of a faith community.
Brewing Faith Episode 2: Belief and Community

Last month we discussed the changing dynamics of catechesis in the Church. We talked about staying at the table and addressed relativism. In this episode we dig a little deeper into the question of belief and community as we talk with two young...

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Upcoming Events
Discussion on Environmental Rights

December 3, 2019, 1-2:30 P.M.; Neumann University
Bruder Life Center, McNichol Art Gallery

All are welcome to attend a talk on environmental rights given by veteran activist, attorney, and author, Maya van Rossum.

Gun Violence Vigil

Friday, December 13, 2019
3:45 P.M., followed by silent candlelight vigil

Join us to come together to remember over 700,000 Americans killed or injured by guns since the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy.

Brewing Faith Coffee House

Sunday, December 15, 2019
2-4 P.M.

Our Lady of Angels Convent
609 S Convent Rd
Aston, PA 19014

In you 20s or 30s and interested in talking about faith and advocacy? Join us for Brewing Faith: The Coffee House where the sisters and the laity come together!

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