Immaculate Conception and Advent Mission

December 06, 2012

From Father Jacek Kopera, O.P., Campus Minister:

In his short homily during Vespers which began this year Advent, pope Benedict XVI speaks of two comings of Christ, the first is Incarnation, the other one is the glorious return at the end of time. The latter has a surprising aspect to it; it is continuous, “the world must be infused by His presence. This permanent coming of the Lord in the proclamation of the Gospel requires our continual collaboration; and the Church, which is like the Betrothed, the promised Bride of the crucified and risen Lamb of God (cfr. Rev. 21,9), in communion with her Lord collaborates in this coming of the Lord, in which His glorious return is already begun… It is to this that the Word of God recalls us today, tracing out a line of conduct to pursue in order to be ready for the coming of the Lord.” Benedict XVI concludes his homily pointing our attention to the role of Jesus’ Mother. “The Virgin Mary perfectly embodies the spirit of Advent, which consists of listening to God, a profound desire to do His will, and joyful service to others. Let us be guided by her, so that God who is coming may not find us closed or distracted, but might extend to each of us a small part of His kingdom of love, of justice, and of peace.”

It is exactly in the spirit of those two aspects of Advent, coming of Christ and pondering the meaning of these in our hearts that I would like to invite you all to Aquinas College retreat preached by Fr. Albert Trudel, O.P.. He will begin with his homily during Sunday Eucharist at 6:00 PM, December 9th, and then will give his reflections during 30-minute Adoration at 4:00 PM, December 10-11th. All of those will take place in St. Jude Chapel.

And this coming Saturday, December 8, we are celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is a holy day of obligation. Please join our Aquinas College community in celebration of that feast for Holy Eucharist in St. Jude chapel at 9:00 AM.

Advent Campus Retreat
Preached by Father Albert Trudel, O.P.

Sunday, December 9, 6 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday, December 10-11, 4 p.m.

St. Jude Chapel

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m.
St. Jude Chapel