Advent Penance Services Scheduled for Many Parishes

‘Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Rm 13:11).

For us Catholics, the new Liturgical Year commences with the first Sunday of Advent. In this new liturgical year, the Church not only wishes to indicate the beginning of a period, but the beginning of a renewed commitment to the faith by all those who follow Christ, the Lord. This time of prayer and path of penance that is so powerful, rich and intense, endeavors to give us a renewed impetus to truly welcome the message of the One who was incarnated for us. In fact, the entire Liturgy of the Advent Season, will spur us to an awakening in our Christian life and will put us in a ‘vigilant’ disposition, to wait for Our Lord Jesus who is coming.

We must start our journey to ascend to the mountain of the Lord, to be illuminated by His Words of peace and to allow Him to indicate the path to tread. (cf. Is 2:1-5). Moreover, we must change our conduct abandoning the works of darkness and put on the ‘armor of light’ and so seek only to do God’s work and to abandon the deeds of the flesh. (cf. Rm 13:12-14). Jesus, through the story in the parable, outlines the Christian life style that must not be distracted and indifferent but must be vigilant and recognize even the smallest sign of the Lord’s coming because we don’t know the hour in which He will arrive. (cf. Mt 24:39-44). CatholicCulture.org

In addition to regular reconciliation times, many parishes are scheduling Advent Penance services to allow the faithful more opportunities to prepare themselves through sacramental confession for the coming of our Lord at Christmas. All services are open to anyone, regardless of parish. Below are services that have been scheduled. To add your parish information to the list, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your date, location and time.

HOLY FAMILY
Lindale
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7 p.m.

ST. MARY’S
Longview
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.

ST. CHARLES
Frankston
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6 p.m.

ST. JUDE
Gun Barrel City
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Moral
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 3.30 pm

OUR LADY OF LOURDES
Chireno
Sunday,December 14, 2014 at 7.30 a.m.

MARY, QUEEN OF HEAVEN
Malakoff
Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6 p.m.

ST. PETER CLAVER
Tyler
Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6 p.m.

ST. MICHAEL
Mt. Pleasant
Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6:p.m.

ST. EDWARD
Athens
Monday, December 15, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

CATHEDRAL (SPANISH)
Tyler
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6 p.m.

STS. PETER AND PAUL (ENGLISH)
Tyler
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6 p.m.

SACRED HEART
Rusk
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6 p.m.

ST. BONIFACE
Chandler
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6 p.m.

ST. MARY’S
Longview
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

ST. THERESE
Canton
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

OUR LADY OF SORROWS
Jacksonville
Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7 p.m.

PRINCE OF PEACE
Whitehouse
Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6 p.m.