Season of Advent 2020

Worship Opportunities

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

Young Adult Community Advent Liturgy of the Word
December 13, 4pm. Join the Zoom
As the calendar year comes to a close, the YACs will gather to celebrate and reflect on this season of joyful hope. If you have one, don’t forget your Advent candle/wreath and matches!

Lessons and Carols
December 20, 4pm (on Zoom)
Join the parish in a service of Advent lessons (scripture) and carols (music) as we look forward to the celebration of Christmas. Join the Zoom. Meeting ID: 836 7454 1155; Passcode: 777762

Christmas Eve Mass Schedule
December 24, 4pm and 7:30pm, Church
There will be a pre-recorded Mass for Adults and a Christmas Eve Service for Children available to stream at home.

Christmas Day Mass Schedule
December 25, 9am & 11:30am, Church
The 9:00am Mass will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Feast of the Holy Family
December 27, 9am (livestreamed) & 12:00pm, Church

Feast of Mary, Mother of God
January 1, 10am, Church

In-person Masses will have limited attendance and require pre-registration. Pre-register for the upcoming week's Masses at For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses, registration will open at noon on Dec. 14 on the front page of parish website.

Events at Holy Trinity

Praying in Sacred Space: Advent & Christmas
Saturdays, 4-5pm, (Join the Zoom at 3:50pm)
You are invited to pray with the upcoming Advent Sunday readings in a way St. Ignatius introduces us to in the Spiritual Exercises. During the hour, savor the contemplative silence, grow in sensitivity to your interior movements, and share with others who are seeking God's presence during these times of "not knowing" and of Advent hope. The gathering continues without a break through the Christmas season and into the New Year. Come to one session or to many! Join the Zoom. (Meeting ID: 918 323 696; Password: 546367; or call +1 301 715 8592).

Icon Exhibit
December 2 - January 6, Online
The Holy Trinity Iconographers' Guild hosts its annual icon show online this year. Please visit and enjoy the exhibit!

Young Adult Community Christmas Party
December 19, 7-8:30pm, Zoom
The YACs will be holding a Virtual Christmas Party -- join in via Zoom for fellowship and games. We'll even have a Nativity-off where we share our favorite Christmas decorations/nativity scenes. Christmas attire is encouraged. If you'd like to register please fill out this form. Reach out to Mary Cain with any questions.

Virtual Christmas Caroling
December 21, 7pm, Zoom
Please join us  as we gather together on Zoom for our annual Christmas Caroling. Hosted by Sara and Jay Keese of the Parish Life Committee, we will sing some of the classic carols of the holidays. No RSVP is required, simply join the Zoom. View or download a PDF of the song lyrics. If you are interested in leading some songs or have questions, please email Sara Keese

Service Opportunities

Virtual Giving Tree
In order to receive, wrap, and distribute gifts on time, the Giving Tree took place early this year. Due to your charitable giving, we are going to surpass our original goals for the Giving Tree. Your generosity is boundless, and our partners are so appreciative. Thank you! For those of you who may have missed the virtual Giving Tree and want to give, Holy Trinity's Social Justice Ministry invites you to support these partners:

Christ House. Christ House is receiving gifts for their residents through the Giving Tree. However, their need extend beyond razors, radios and sweatpants. Holy Trinity parishioners have been supporting Christ House with monthly meals for over 25 years. During COVID, the donations from restaurants, stores, and volunteer groups have declined, increasing the cost to feed homeless residents by 40%. Please consider donating to Christ House or stock their shelves from their Amazon Wish List . Your support will enable Christ House to continue to provide compassionate medical care to the homeless in DC.

Housing Up. A new partner to Giving Tree last year, we were not able to support them as we did last year. Consider donating a gift card for a family. For more information about donating, please contact Dillon Ficca.

Maria Madre. In early December, the Maria Madre committee typically joins the St. Jean Baptiste Committee to host parishioners for a day of Christmas shopping to benefit our sister parishes. Unfortunately we can not join together this year. We are asking you to visit the Virtual Giving site where you will be able to "shop" for a food basket for a family ($25), a deluxe basket plus internet ($200), or a teacher basket ($200).

So Others Might Eat Monthly Collection
The final collection of 2020 will be December 19 and will include coats.

Advent Resources

Advent Resources for Parents
Holy Trinity Religious Education

Advent & Christmas Guided Prayer
Pray-As-You-Go and Sacred Space

Advent Resources

Fratelli Tutti Advent Reflections
Education for Justice

Loyola Press

United States 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

Franciscan Media