Season of Advent 2023

Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. The Advent season is a time of waiting in joyful hope, directing our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord.

Worship Opportunities

World AIDS Day Mass — Friday, December 1
5:30pm, Chapel of St. Ignatius
Join the LGBTQIA+ Ministry and other parishioners as we mark the annual observance of World AIDS Day in prayer and worship.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass — Saturday, December 9
3:00pm, Church
Celebrate the Feast Day of the patron saint of Mexico and the Americas with the Migrant Familia. Mass will be followed by cookies with Santa in Trinity Hall.

Christmas Eve — Sunday, December 24
(Note: Sunday morning Masses on the 24th are as usually scheduled)
All Christmas Eve liturgies take place in the main Church unless otherwise noted
4:00pm in Trinity Hall
11:15pm - Carols and Scripture
Midnight Mass

Christmas Day — Monday, December 25
All Christmas Day liturgies take place in the main Church

Events at Holy Trinity

Praying in Sacred Space: Advent

  • Saturdays in Advent (starting December 2), 4:00pm, Zoom
    Praying in Sacred Space returns for the season of Advent! In this hour of prayer and faith sharing, all are invited to encounter the Advent scriptures in a way St. Ignatius introduces us to in the Spiritual Exercises. Register for the Zoom link here.

Sunday Youth Group in Advent

  • Our high school youth group will meet three times during Advent on Sundays at 10:10am in Walsh 399, across the street from Wisemiller’s. Dates: Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 17. Please join us as we prepare to welcome Christ into the world and our hearts!

Praying with the Women of Advent

  • Thursday, December 7, 6:30 pm, McKenna Hall. Come and experience the co-mingling of the 12 Steps with Ignatian spirituality. Share a simple meal and be led in prayer with the women who make Ignatian Spirituality Project retreats. The Ignatian Spirituality Project invites those recovering from homelessness and addiction to experience God’s unconditional love. For more information, or to volunteer for the event, contact Catherine Heinhold at

Annual Icon Show

  • Sunday, December 3, 10:00am-1:00pm, Parish Center Rotunda. Holy Trinity’s Iconographers’ Guild is pleased to present its annual Icon Show in person this year. Let this unique prayer form draw you deeper into the gifts of Advent.

Emmanuel: God With Us Retreat

  • December 3-9. More than 36 individuals are making this Ignatian retreat in daily life. Please keep them in your prayers!

Shop for a Cause

  • December 3, following all morning Masses, McKenna Hall. Haitian coffee, Mexican crafts, Salvadoran art and more will be available for purchase. Learn more about our sister parishes in Haiti and El Salvador and meet members of our Migrant Team while you shop.

Concerts At Holy Trinity presents The Thirteen: "I Wonder As I Wander"

  • Saturday, December 16 | Doors 7:00pm/Concert 7:30pm, Church
  • Tickets are available at this link. (Holy Trinity parishioners can obtain a discount using the promo code HolidaySavings)
  • The highly-acclaimed choral ensemble “The Thirteen” returns to historic Holy Trinity for a concert celebrating the wonder and awe of the Christmas story in song, under the baton of Matthew Robertson. Click here for more information.

Christmas Caroling in Georgetown

  • Monday December 11, 6:30pm. Come join parishioners of all ages for Christmas Caroling around the Georgetown neighborhood.  Meet in the Lower School Cafeteria at 6:30pm to gather and pick up a song sheet. No singing experience is necessary, only holiday cheer. Afterwards, Jay Keese coordinates the firepit to toast s'mores and sip hot chocolate. For information e-mail Sara Keese at

Service Opportunities

Support the 2023 Giving Tree

  • Giving Tree tags are available at the rear of the Church and there are opportunities to shop online through our website. The Giving Tree team is partnering with ten organizations this year to support families and individuals in experiencing the joy of the holidays. You are shopping for Casa Chirilagua, Christ House, Fr. McKenna Center, Georgetown Ministry Center, Hope and a Home, Mary House, Northwest Center, Spanish Catholic Center, St. Ann’s Center and St. Jean Baptiste (Sister Parish). All gifts should be returned to the church by December 10. Learn more

Advent Resources

Advent Resources for Parents
Holy Trinity Religious Education

Ignatian Resources for Advent
Holy Trinity Ignatian Spirituality & Prayer

Advent Audio Reflections
Jesuits East - Office of Ignatian Spirituality

The Cry From The Manger: Advent Retreat 2023

Advent Resources

Loyola Press
Inspiration during Advent, Activities, Arts & Faith, Calendars and more.

Advent Calendar
US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Catholic Women Preach