World Meeting of Families
Philadelphia, PA, 2015
September 22-27, 2015
November 30 - December 24
The liturgical color for Advent is purple, just like Lent—as both are seasons that prepare us for great feast days. Also Advent (like Lent) includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas. This penitential dimension is expressed through the color purple, but also through the restrained manner of decorating the church and altar: "During Advent the floral decoration of the altar should be marked by a moderation suited to the character of this time of year, without expressing in anticipation the full joy of the Nativity of the Lord…[also] the use of the organ and other musical instruments should be marked by a [similar] moderation…" (GIRM n. 305 and n. 313)
The third Sunday of Advent is called "Gaudete" Sunday (coming from the first word of the Latin Entrance Antiphon for this day, meaning "Rejoice") and the liturgical color may be rose instead of purple. This is the Church's way of further heightening our expectation as we draw ever nearer the Solemnity of Christmas.
December 24 - January 11
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A Christmas Prayer
Jesus, the Light of the World, as we celebrate Your birth,
may we begin to see the world in the light of the understanding You give us.
As You chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor
to receive the greatest news the world had ever known,
so may we worship You in meekness of heart.
Lord Jesus, help us by Your grace to remember our brothers and sisters
less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving. Amen.
"Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not expensive presents that demand time and money.
We can transmit this joy simply:
with a smile, with a kind gesture, with some small help, with forgiveness.
Let us give this joy and the joy given will be returned to us."
—Pope Benedict VXI, Homily at Mass on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2005
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all
goodness and love, please look kindly upon us
and receive our heartfelt gratitude
in this time of giving thanks.
Thank you for all the graces and blessings You
have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal:
our faith and religious heritage, our food and
shelter, our health, the loves we have for one
another, our family and friends.
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please
grant us continued graces and blessings
throughout the coming year.
This we ask in the Name of Jesus,
Your Son and our Brother.
2014 Adult Confirmation
Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 3:00 PM
Our Lady of Mercy Church,
445 Marquette Ave., Baton Rouge
Again this year, Bishop Muench will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to adults from throughout the diocese who for one reason or another have not yet been confirmed and are properly prepared. The celebration will be on the Solemnity of Pentecost: Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 3 pm at OUR LADY OF MERCY CHURCH, BATON ROUGE.
Due to renovations at St. Joseph Cathedral, another location was required.
2014 Spring Clergy Formation Letter from Bishop Muench
Dear People of God of the Diocese of Baton Rouge,
One of the important ways in which the priests of our diocese are formed for ministry occurs through what is called the annual Spring Formation [Continuing Education] days held for all priests in the diocese in May of each year. 2014 will be the last year these formation days will be held in the Spring. Beginning 2015, the Continuing Formation of the Clergy Committee decided to change these days to the ‘Annual Priests’ Formation Days’ to be held in the second full week in January. These formation days offer the priests opportunities for growth in intellectual and spiritual formation, emotional maturity and physical well-being. Since these days are offered once a year, and is a commitment by the diocese for their on-going formation, participation by the priests is mandatory. However, on occasion, ministry needs arise at the same time preventing the priests from participating in these Spring (Annual) Formation days. read more
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