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Sunday, November 27

First Sunday of #Advent. Today's readings: IS 11:1-10, ROM 15:4-9, MT 3:1-12. Light the first candle on your Advent wreath!


Monday, November 28

Are you following us on Facebook for daily #Advent inspiration?


Tuesday, November 29

On #GivingTuesday, consider a gift to one of the national collections that support the Church's works of social justice, evangelization, and education


Wednesday, November 30

Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle.
How are you called to be an apostle?


Thursday, December 1

Find an #Advent event in the Diocese of Syracuse


Friday, December 2

In case you missed it - an #Advent message from Bishop Cunningham


Saturday, December 3

The Light is On for YOU in the Diocese of Syracuse, Dec. 19 from 4-7 pm


Sunday, December 4

Second Sunday of #Advent. Today's readings: IS 11:1-10, ROM 15:4-9, MT 3:1-12. Light the second candle on your Advent wreath!


Monday, December 5

Lectio Divina ('divine reading') for week two of #Advent


Tuesday, December 6

”If we love God and our brothers and sisters, we walk in the light; but if our heart is closed . . . then darkness falls within and around us.” (Pope Francis, Dec. 24, 2013) #Advent 


Wednesday, December 7

Jesus said to the crowds:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest. 
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves. 
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” MT 11:28-30 #Advent


Thursday, December 8

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: read LK 1:26-3.   Mary said 'yes' to God.  How will you say yes to God during #Advent, and beyond? 


Friday, December 9

Feast day of St. Juan Diego, the 15th century Mexican native who was privileged with a vision of the Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Guadalupe.  St. Juan Diego, pray for us!  #Advent


Saturday, December 10

As a family, bless your Nativity scene by the light of the Christmas tree: #Advent


Sunday, December 11

Third Sunday of #Advent - Gaudete Sunday. Today's readings: IS 35:1-6A, 10, JAS 5:7-10, MT 11:2-11.  Light the third candle on your #Advent wreath! 


Monday, December 12

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Blessed are you, holy Virgin Mary, deserving of all praise; from you rose the sun of justice, Christ our God! #Advent 


Tuesday, December 13

Feast of Saint Lucy, Virgin & Martyr: Saint Lucy, you did not hide your light under a basket, but let it shine for the whole world, for all the centuries to see.  We may not suffer torture in our lives the way you did, but we are still called to let the light of our Christianity illumine our daily lives.  Please help us to have the courage to bring our Christianity into our work, our recreation, our relationships, our conversation -- every corner of our day.  Amen!


Wednesday, December 14

God of Love,
Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us.
He is a sign of your love.
Help us walk in that love during the weeks of #Advent,
As we wait and prepare for his coming.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior.


Thursday, December 15

Christmas at the Cathedral:


Friday, December 16

Today Central & Latin Americans begin to celebrate Las Posadas.  Learn more about this cultural Catholic tradition: 


Saturday, December 17

Today, include the O Antiphons into your evening Advent prayer routine (through the 23rd):


O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!


Sunday, December 18

Fourth Sunday of Advent readings: IS 7:10-14, ROM 1:1-7, MT 1:18-24.

Light the final candle on your Advent wreath!


O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty power!


Monday, December 19

The Light is on for YOU today throughout the Diocese of Syracuse from 4-7 pm.  

Making confession during Advent is a wonderful way to spiritually prepare for Christmas! 

Find a parish by clicking here.


Tuesday, December 20

"Surely in her heart she said to the baby in her womb: Come, I want to see your face, for they have told me you will be great!" - Pope Francis, 12/23/13

Watch a beautiful version of Mary, Did You Know by the Pentatonix:


Wednesday, December 21

Feast of Saint Peter Canisius, Jesuit preacher. 

Pray today for vocations to the priesthood and religious life! 


O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the
shadow of death.


Thursday, December 22

Many people feel stressed out right before Christmas - so much to do!  Things to buy!  Places to go! 

Take a moment and listen to Josh Groban's version of O Holy Night, set to scenes from The Nativity Story:


Friday, December 23

Read today's Gospel and reflect on the wonderful, beautiful events leading up to the eve of Jesus' birth!


O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!


Saturday, December 24

Most Loving Father, thank you for this night and for all it represents. Thank you for the hope you bestow, the peace you bring, the love you pour out, and the joy you give. We praise you most of all for Jesus, your Word made flesh. May he light our way as the holy star lit the way for the wise men.  Amen!