St. Isaac’s traditional “Advent Giving Tree” is here.
When: Weekends of December 1st & 2nd, December 7th & 8th, and December 15th & 16th
How: Please take a gift tag from the tree located in the back of the church and return the gift with the tag attached and place it under the tree. If you select a tag which requests a gift card, please bring the card to the Rectory Office instead of leaving it under the tree.Please do not wrap the items, just attach the tag. These gifts will then be sorted & distributed with the help of the Youth Group.
Return all gifts no later than Sunday, December 16th.
New this year! Tags on the Advent Giving Tree will support three charities.
In addition to supporting our sister parish, St. Malachy’s in North Philadelphia, we are also collecting gift cards (tags for gift cards can also be found on the giving tree) for St. Mary’s Franciscan Homeless Shelter in Phoenixville and Dawn’s Place for Women in Philadelphia. After receiving the gift cards, their volunteers will take families in need out to use them.
Please bring the gift cards to the rectory instead of leaving them under the tree by December 16. Thank you.
Thank you all for your compassion and generosity.
Prayer for Advent
LORD JESUS, you came to bring us the fullness of joy and to free us from all the pale imitations of happiness. This Advent, remove any barriers we have put up to keep you out of our lives. Teach us to welcome your presence wherever we find it, even in the difficulties and challenges of daily life. As we reach out in love to others, especially the poor and needy, may we come to know in our hearts that we are welcoming you, our Lord and Savior. Amen
Preparing the way by Confessing our Sins
Advent resounds with the theme of reconciliation and the call to repentance. That call is not about dwelling on our sins and being even more burdened by them, but the opposite bringing them to God in sorrow and hope for forgiveness. Click here for more information about Confession.
The Origins of the Advent Wreath
The Advent Wreath has its origins in Germany in the sixteenth century. The wreath – a circle of evergreens symbolizing God’s eternal love – holds four candles, three violet and one pink. Violet is the traditional penitential color of Advent, and the pink candle symbolizing joy is lit on Gaudete (Joyful) Sunday, the Third Sunday of the season. As we light the four candles one by one, we’re reminded of how God’s light has gradually illumined the world’s darkness through history, culminating in Jesus, the light of the World and the Sun of Justice.