Season of Advent 2022

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 preparation that directs 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. (From usccb.org).

Worship Opportunities

World AIDS Day Mass — Thursday, 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 10
3:00pm, Chapel of St. Ignatius
Celebrate the Feast Day of the patron saint of Mexico and the Americas. Mass will be followed by a Christmas potluck in Trinity Hall. All are welcome!

Christmas Eve — Saturday, December 24
All liturgies take place in the main church unless otherwise noted
4:00pm (also livestreamed)
4:00pm in Trinity Hall
5:45pm
7:30pm
9:30pm
11:20pm - Carols and Readings with organ, string quartet and trumpet
Midnight Mass

Christmas — Sunday, December 25
All liturgies take place in the main church
9:30am (also livestreamed)
11:30am

Events at Holy Trinity

Praying in Sacred Space: Advent
Saturdays in Advent (starting November 26), 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.

Advent Youth Prayer Group
High school students are invited to join Youth Ministry’s weekly Advent prayer group on Wednesdays at 7:30pm on Zoom. The dates are: Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21. Pre-registration is not necessary, and students are encouraged to attend whichever dates they can make. The link will be on the Youth Ministry website and in the Youth Ministry eLetter. Meetings will last 20-30 minutes and focus on trying out different forms of prayer in community.

Annual Icon Show
December 4, 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 4-10

More than 35 individuals are making this Ignatian retreat in daily life. Please keep them in your prayers!

Mary's Magnificat and Hannah's Song
December 11, 10:15am, Trinity Hall
A special faith formation event sponsored by the Women Who Stay to celebrate the Women Who Sing!  Hannah, the mother of Samuel, and Mary of Nazareth, the mother of Jesus, are two prophetic voices of Advent that are muted in our Catholic Sunday Lectionary.  Many of us know Mary’s Magnificat in the first chapter of Luke, but did you know that the entire song she sang while visiting her cousin Elizabeth is never read as the Gospel on any Sunday during any liturgical cycle?  And the prophetic song of Hannah that Mary echoes is also never heard in any Sunday Mass either?  We’ll explore these voices absent from the Lectionary.

Shop for a Cause
December 11, following all morning Masses, McKenna Hall
Haitiain 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.

Christmas Caroling in Georgetown
December 12, 6:30pm
Join together with the parish and school for Christmas Caroling in Georgetown. Wear your festive attire and bring your singing voice. Meet in the Lower School Cafeteria and afterwards, come back to the courtyard for hot chocolate and cookies around the fire. No RSVP required

 

Service Opportunities

Support the 2022 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 11. Learn more

Advent Resources

Advent Resources for Parents
Holy Trinity Religious Education

Ignatian Resources for Advent
Holy Trinity Ignatian Spirituality & Prayer

Advent Resources
IgnatianSpirituality.com

Loyola Press

Down to Earth: Advent 2022
Pray-As-You-Go

Advent Calendar
US Conference of Catholic Bishops

25 Days of Ignatian Spiritual Gifts
Jesuits of Canada and the United States

Advent Simplicity Challenge
Ignatian Solidarity Network

Discerning Advent
God in All Things Blog

Virtual Posadas, Dec. 16-24
Ignatian Solidarity Network

Catholic Women Preach