4th Sunday of Advent Parishioner Reflection

“ it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived”  Matthew 1:20


In today’s Gospel, we are given a detailed account of how the son of God was to come into this world. 

Joseph had decided to divorce Mary quietly, but that night he had a dream. An angel appeared and delivered a message so miraculous, so unbelievably impossible that I often marvel at Joseph's unfailing faith. These two 'ordinary' people's lives were about to change dramatically. They had no idea how or even why this was happening and I am certain they were unsure and perhaps even frightened of what their future may hold. It must have been terrifying to say the least. However, they did know one thing for sure, God had sent this message and that was enough to instill in them an obedience so strong, it was to carry them through the entire, incredible story of Jesus.


I am also amazed at the power of the Holy Spirit in today’s gospel. So strong is its presence here that I almost want to include it in our traditional portrait of the Holy Family: Joseph, Mary, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. For whatever reason, I have always felt some kind of connection with the Holy Spirit. Perhaps it is because I can actually see it working in our world today. It leaves its mark on so many unsuspecting and 'ordinary' people...even when you least expect it.


I hope and pray that the Holy Spirit comes into the lives of our families this Christmas season and shows us just how extra-ordinary our world in Christ really is.


Stephanie Brickey

Masses this Weekend

4th Sunday of Advent
Saturday, 4:30 - Father Craig
Sunday, 8am - Father Rafi
Sunday, 10:30 - Father Craig

The Homily this weekend: Jesus, the Fresh Prince of Bel Air: "This is the story all about how my life got flipped upside down"!

Donuts on Sunday! 

All are welcome at St. Joan of Arc: 5821 Pernod Ave, 63139

3rd Monday of Advent Holy Hour

3rd Monday of Advent Holy Hour
Meditation: O Come All ye Faithful: The Father’s Perpetual Invitation to His People

1. O come, all ye faithful,                                          O come, let us adore Him
Joyful and triumphant,                                             O come, let us adore Him,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;                      O come, let us adore Him,
Come and behold him,                                             Christ, the Lord.
Born the kings of angels.

2. Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above!
Glory to God, glory in the highest!

3. Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
born this happy morning,
Jesus, to thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!

First Point for Meditation: The Catechism teaches: “Adoration is the first act of the virtue of religion. To adore God is to acknowledge him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful love.”  What is my definition of adoration? How do I worship, adore and cherish God in your life and in your prayer?

            Scripture: Psalm 95:1-7; Daniel 3:26-90

Second Point for Meditation: St. Ignatius of Loyola teaches, “The Father desires only to give consoling Love at the foot of the Cross.”  God speaks through the Prophet Isaiah, “Because you are precious in my eyes and glorious, and because I love you, I give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for you.” Here the tables are turned: it is God cherishing us. How do I experience God cherishing me, loving me? Prayer? Consolation? The people in my life? How does God love me through them? What about when I suffer in any way? Can I still feel God cherishing me, loving me? How does the Father to that?

            Scripture: Isaiah 43: 1-8; Psalm 139; Matthew 23:37

Third Point for Meditation: My place of metanoia: ‘ongoing conversion of heart’. Where can I do better at cherishing, loving those around me? Is there a relationship that needs mending: what words can the Father give me so that I can begin to heal that relationship? In what other ways might I truncate my ability to love people around me: prejudice? Intolerance? Gossip? Apathy?  What can I start doing tomorrow to begin to cherish the people, both known and strangers, that I meet? Jesus ministry of healing is all about cherishing the people who come to him. How can I share I this ministry of healing and giving?

            Scripture: Mark 10:21; Matthew 9: 35-37; Luke 9:10-17


Sing Over your Children
By Matt Maher

I flirt with the world
It steals my love for You
My fear grips my faith
And I am left unmoved

Your gaze stops my heart
Your voice fills the dark
Your love is the spark that lights this life
So we rise

Out of the depths you cry
Come and be satisfied
Father, You sing
Father, You sing over Your children

You quiet the storm
Inside my shipwrecked soul
Your spirit will lead
It calls the wayward home

At the sound of Your name
Our sin is washed away
In Christ we're crucified
In You we die, in You we rise

Out of the depths you cry
Come and be satisfied
Father, You sing
Father, You sing over Your children

Let us see through Your eyes
We are Your great delight
Father You sing
Father, You sing over Your children

And we're singing along
Your daughters and sons
We're singing Your song
We are Your children

Out of the depths you cry
Come and be satisfied
Father, You sing
Father, You sing over Your children

Let us see through Your eyes
We are Your great delight
Father, You sing

3rd Sunday of Advent Parishioner Reflection

Third Sunday of Advent


“Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord.”  (James 5:7)

We enter the 2nd half of advent and James reminds us to be patient.  As an adult, I think how this time of year I am usually frantic wanting more time to do – not hoping for Christmas to come faster!  The words made me stop and think of how I have viewed the Advent season at different times of my life.  As a child advent was always a special season – separate from Christmas – and yet leading to Christmas.  I remember enjoying our advent wreath at church and at home.  I recall counting down to Christmas with our family advent calendar.  Looking forward to Christmas with anticipation…it seemed to take forever to arrive.  During my college years advent became the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  A time filled with trips home to see family, preparing for exams and then returning home for rest and fun.  As a young adult I began to enjoy the activities of the advent season: Church, caroling, gift giving and charitable giving.  As a young mother I thought about the journey of Mary and Joseph and how their advent was awaiting the arrival of their first child.  Now I find myself trying to allow advent to be more than just a rush of activities…both fun and hectic, secular and holy.  Be patient seems odd advise. 

Then I look at our readings.  In the first week of advent we hear Matthew tell us to stay awake.  Don’t become complacent for God is coming.  In our second week we hear of John the Baptist calling us to repent.  He advises us not to rely on our outward goodness but to seek the lord.  This week John asks, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” (Matthew 11:2-11)  Jesus’ answer is to look at the miracles he performs.  It is in learning about Jesus that we come to know God.  This learning and growing is our lifelong advent.  We should always be awake, always repenting, always learning. 

During this third week of advent Jesus calls me to seek his example.  He invites me to spend the time I have asking and learning about him.  He asks me to reach out to others and share the gifts he has given me.  He invites me to love him more by loving all that he has made and created.  He asks me to be patient.  Jesus has not yet returned to complete his kingdom…but He will.  


Jennifer Shearer