5 Ways to Celebrate Advent at Granville
Advent is not only a preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ but also a preparation for the day when our Lord will return. Just as the Archangel Gabriel declared to the Blessed Virgin Mary that the Lord’s name would be Emmanuel— meaning “God is with us”—we await the day when the Angels will sing again, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”
So as the Church undergoes these four weeks of Advent, as the violet and rose candles of the Advent wreath slowly burn away to reveal the white candle of the true light of the world, let us join ourselves to that holy preparation by making our confession, by attending one more Mass during the week, by praying the holy Rosary, and by attending to the material needs of the parish and the poor, so that we can make ourselves fit to kneel along side the shepherds and the kings and adore God made man, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, at Christmas.
(Extract from the Granville Catholic Church Record)
1. Join our Parish Bus Trip
On Saturday, 7th of December, the Red London Bus will be taking the Granville Catholic Community to St. Mary’s Cathedral Sydney to enjoy the Lights of Christmas.
Last year’s bus trip was a great night for the young and young at heart as we watched the spectacular light show, visiting the Cathedral, shopped at the Cathedral store and enjoyed some snacks from the various food trucks available.
Make you RSVP and secure your spot on the bus by contacting the Parish Office on 0497 190 444!
All we ask is a small contribution to support the cost of bus hire:
Children – $10
Adults – $15
2. Holy Family Carols
The Holy Family Carols returns for yet another year on Thursday 12th December! Join us Holy Family Primary School at 6PM for a fantastic collaboration between Holy Family Primary School and the Granville Catholic Community.
The evening will be packed with Carols and Performances by the Primary School Students and Parishioners, making it the perfect Advent family event!
3. Carols by Candlelight
The Solemn Carols by Candlelight service is returning for its FIFTH year at Holy Trinity Church! Mark it in your diaries and keep Friday 20th December free for a beautiful evening of carols, readings and candlelight in anticipation of the birth of our Lord and Saviour.
The evening will be a mixture of sung carols and solo performances along with readings which tell the story of the first Christmas. The Church Nativity will also be blessed!
4. Visit the Piety Store
The Piety Stores at Holy Trinity Church and Holy Family Church have been stocked with beautiful Christmas items. Support the Parish and purchase items to help you with your Advent and Christmas devotions at home. Items also make the perfect Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
5. Additional Weekday Devotion opportunities
One of the greatest ways to prepare for Christmas this Season of Advent is to spend more time with our Lord. Take Advantage of the many opportunities for Weekday Masses, Latin Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacrament of Confession. Check out our website and the Granville Catholic Church Record for days and times of various devotions.