Message from Fr. Jean Jadotte

St. Pius X Church

Dear Friends:

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. The word is derived from the Latin word Adventus, meaning “coming” which is a translation of the Greek word “Parousia.” Advent was at first a season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany, the celebration of God’s incarnation represented by the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus (Mt.12:10, his baptism in the Jordan River by John (Jn1:29), and his first miracle at Cana (Jn2:1).

During this season of preparation, Christians would spend 40 days in penance, prayer, fasting to prepare for this celebration.

Later around the 6th century, Roman Christians had tied Advent to the Second Coming of Christ as the judge at the end of time. It was until the middle ages that the Advent season was explicitly linked to Christ’s coming at Christmas. Today, the season of Advent lasts four Sundays leading to Christmas. It is a precious time that the Church offers us to spiritually renew ourselves and prepare for the celebration of our Lord coming into the world many centuries ago. As Israel was waiting with patience and hope for the coming of the Messiah, today Christians are also yearning for the coming of Christ into their hearts this Christmas. Therefore, you are invited to prepare the way for the Lord by freeing your hearts from all sins and making place for Jesus Christ to be born into your hearts in a new way this Christmas.

So, Advent is a period of deeper conversion, which requires spending more time in prayer, penance, fasting and sharing time and gifts with family, friends and the less fortunate. The season of Advent is also a time of reflection on the violence and evil in the world that causes us to cry out to God to make things right and to transform the hearts of people. In that sense, you are invited to join us for an Advent evening of reflection with Fr. David G. Caron on Tuesday December 7 at 5:30 pm. Priests will be available for confessions.

Let us be thankful to God for the progress made by our government with the cooperation of medical scientists in having a better control of the Covid-19 virus this Christmas. Let us pray and hope that at Christmas each one of us may experience the joy and peace of the New Born King of Bethlehem into our hearts.

Come Lord Jesus and renew the face of the earth! Happy Advent!

Fr. Jean Jadotte