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405 S. Church St., Wentzville, MO 63385 | 636-332-9225

2021 Advent

ST. PATRICK PARISH

2021 ADVENT
Begins Sun, November 28, and ends on Fri, December 24

MASS TIMES

FIRST (11/28), SECOND (12/5), & THIRD (12/12) SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Normal Mass Schedule: Sat • 5 PM & Sun • 7 AM, *9 AM, 11 AM, *1 PM (Spanish), & 5 PM

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Wed, December 8 • 6:30 AM, *8 AM, 9:30 AM, ^*7 PM
^Please note: 7 PM Mass will be in English & Spanish

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 2-10 | 8 PM
Mañanitas • Sat-Sun, December 11-12 • 9 PM-1 AM • Church
Mass • Sun, December 12 • *1:00 PM (Spanish) • Church

Join us for our celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This feast recalls the apparitions of Mary at the hill of Tepeyac in 1531 to the convert, St. Juan Diego. She was declared the patroness of the Americas by Pope Pius XII, and the day was raised to the rank of Feast for all the countries of the Americas in 1999. The program and Mass will feature the laying of roses from our Hispanic community. Please note: Events will be in Spanish.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Sat, December 18 • 5 PM
Sun, December 19 • 7 AM, *9 AM, & 11 AM, *1:00 PM (Spanish)

NOTE: 1 PM Mass held in the Social Hall & No 5 PM Mass

THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD (CHRISTMAS)
Christmas Eve - Fri, December 24
*4 PM (two separate, in-person Masses; one in church & one in gym)
6 PM
*8 PM (Spanish) 
10 PM

There will be a 20-minute music prelude before the 4 PM & 10 PM Masses.

Christmas Morning - Sat, December 25
7 AM
9 AM
11 AM
NOTE: No 5 PM Mass

HOLY FAMILY
Sun, December 26 • 7 AM, *9 AM, & 11 AM, *1:00 PM (Spanish)
NOTE: No 5 PM Mass

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
NOT a Holy Day of Obligation this year
Sat, January 1 • *9 AM

EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
Sat, January 1 • 5 PM

Sun, January 2 • 7 AM, *9 AM, 11 AM, *1:00 PM (Spanish), & 5 PM

*=livestream Mass


MASS ATTENDANCE HEALTH GUIDELINES

Parishioners who are sick, homebound, immunocompromised, or gravely concerned for their health retain the dispensation from the obligation to attend any Mass, which has always been the case, and are encouraged to stay home and watch our livestream. We will livestream all Masses marked with an asterisk (*) above on our YouTube and Facebook pages. Though we should take the obligation to attend Mass seriously, no one is ever morally obligated to do something that would jeopardize their health or the health of other people.


PREPARING OUR HEARTS

RECONCILIATION
During Advent, Fr. Brian and/or Fr. Gerson will be present to hear confessions on:

  • Wednesdays, December 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 7:00-7:30 AM
  • Thursdays, December 2, 9, & 23 at 5:00 PM
  • Saturdays, December 4, 11, & 18 from 4:00-4:45 PM
  • Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 PM

Advent Reconciliation Service • Thursday, December 16 • 7:00 PM • Church
Confessions will be heard at 7:00 PM, instead of 5:00 PM, for our Advent Reconciliation Service on Thurs, December 16. In addition to Fr. Brian and Fr. Gerson, other priests will be present to hear confessions that evening.

Confession is an excellent way to prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of Christ. All are encouraged to come and experience the healing mercy of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

No confessions on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. After December 25, the normal schedule will resume with Reconciliation on Thursdays at 5 PM and Saturdays at 4 PM (except New Year's Day).

Examinations of Conscience

FORGIVEN
For 3 weeks, the St. Patrick Voice will feature the self-guided program, Forgiven, as it communicates God’s invitation to each one of us to come experience his indescribable love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Whether you haven’t been to Confession in a long while or you go regularly, you don’t want to miss this series. Go to formed.org and search for Forgiven and then CLICK HERE to download the at-home study guide.

Week 1 - November 28: Where are You?
Week 2 - December 5: An Encounter with Mercy
Week 3 - December 12: The Rite Explained

PRAYER
Rosary & Holy Hour •
Thursdays, 10:00 AM (English) & 7:00 PM (Spanish) • Chapel

Daily Mass • Monday-Friday, 6:30 AM & 8:00 AM; Saturday, 8:00 AM • Church

Personal Prayer • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week • Code 9876 • Chapel


EVENTS

Prepare...Family Advent Afternoon • Sun, November 21 • 2 PM • School Cafeteria 

  • Create Your Own Advent Wreath
  • Story Time
  • Crafts
  • Snacks & Hot Chocolate
  • Family Fun

Along with other Advent Afternoon activities, which are free of charge, everyone is invited to make an Advent wreath for your home. For the Advent wreath, there is a charge of $13 for materials and instruction. If making a wreath, which is not required to attend Advent Afternoon, bring a pruner or heavy-duty scissors to trim the fresh evergreen branches. Register early as there are only 50 wreath kits available. Registration (CLOSED) is required to attend Advent Afternoon so we can plan for materials. Deadline to register is November 11, 2021.

 

Advent by Candlelight • Saturday, December 4 • 6:00 - 9:00 PM • Social Hall

Ladies set aside the hustle and bustle of holiday preparation and focus your mind and heart on the true meaning of Christmas. Invite your female family members, friends, and neighbors for a Christ-centered preparation for the holiday season. Space is limited so we recommend that you make your reservations early! You may register as an individual, partial group, or as a group of eight. Please bring a dish or appetizer and/or drinks to share with your table. There is no charge for this event. 

3:30 – 5:00 PM - Decorate our tables
5:00 – 6:00 PM - Mass
6:00 – 9:00 PM - Food, friends, and fellowship 

Please RSVP to Rebecca, 636-332-9225 ext. 221 or [email protected].

Advent by Candlelight Photo Album

 

Advent by Tailgate • Sunday, December 5 • 6:30 - 9:00 PM • Church

How else do Catholic men prepare for something as big as Christmas than by tailgating? St. Patrick is hosting a tailgating event to celebrate the Advent season and strengthen ourselves as men of faith. So come prepare yourself for the coming of Christ into the world with some friends and festivities. Let’s encourage one another on our journey to becoming the best brothers, husbands, and fathers we can be. We'll start inside for reflection and then head outside for our tailgate. Please bring your own beverages and we’ll provide the chili dogs. There is no charge for this event. Please come dressed for the weather.

Please RSVP to Cyndi Barclay, 636-332-9225 ext. 234 or [email protected].

 

Breakfast with Santa • Sun, December 5 • after 7 & 9 AM Masses • Social Hall
After the 7:00 & 9:00 AM Masses on Sun, December 5 at St. Patrick, Santa will visit and take pictures with children of all ages ($5 photo). The Knights will also be hosting an All-You-Can-Eat breakfast with pancakes, sausage, biscuits & gravy, scrambled eggs, and beverages! Adults $8, kids 6-12 $4 (5 & under Free). All proceeds will be donated to St. Patrick Youth Ministry for their retreat fund.

The Giving Tree
Visit The Giving Tree during the weeks of Advent. Please take a card with a gift request written on the back and then place your unwrapped gift under the tree. All donations will be given to Birthright of Wentzville. As a service project, the 4th grade PSR classes make and decorate The Giving Tree. The Giving Tree will be in the church gathering area beginning November 19.

Adopt-A-Family
Cash donations are accepted for the Adopt-A-Family program to help supplement the gifts from the adopters. Please place your donation (payable to St. Patrick) in an envelope marked “Adopt-A-Family” and place it in the collection basket or drop it off at the parish office. Volunteers Needed: You may also call the parish office to sign-up to help wrap gifts or transport items on December 11 after the 8 AM Mass.


RESOURCES

Little Blue Book
Six minutes a day. That’s what you’re asked to give during these next 43 days – the 24 days of the Advent season and the 19 days of the Christmas season. Each 24-hour day has 240 “six-minute” blocks of time. During the Advent and Christmas seasons, you’re asked to give just one of those to the Lord. Little Blue Books will be available in the narthex beginning the first weekend of Advent. 

Online Advent Reflections
FORMED - Receive a daily reminder to dive into the depths of God’s Word. You may also opt-in to receive children’s reflections to include the whole family. Sign up at formed.org
DYNAMIC CATHOLIC - A free daily video program, sent straight to your email, that will help you prepare for Christmas like never before! Sign up at dynamiccatholic.com/best-advent-ever
WORD ON FIRE - Spend your time with Christ in the Gospel this Advent alongside Bishop Barron and the Word on Fire community at adventreflections.com

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