Season of Advent

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

Christmas Eve Mass Schedule
December 24
4pm , Church and Trinity Hall
5:45pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm, Church
11:15pm Lessons and Carols
Midnight Mass

Christmas Day Mass Schedule
December 25, 9:30am & 11:30am, Church

Feast of the Holy Family
December 29, Regular Mass Schedule, No Mass in Trinity Hall

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

Events at Holy Trinity

Pray in Sacred Space: Becoming Still to Become Closer to Christ
November 30, December 7, 14*, 21, 4-5pm, Chapel of St. Ignatius
You are invited to take one hour during each of Advent to pray with Advent Scripture passages using the Advent Sacred Space books. All are welcome.

Praying with the Women of Advent
December 5, 6:30pm, McKenna Hall
All are invited to join the ladies who participate in the Ignatian Spirituality Project for an evening of supper, fellowship, and prayer bringing together Ignatian and 12-step traditions. A simple meal of soup and bread will be followed by prayer and discussion.

Shop for a Cause
December 9, 8am-2pm, McKenna Hall
Maria Madre and St. Jean Baptiste are selling coffee, t-shirts, candles and cards to raise funds for our sister parishes.  Anniversary ornaments, crosses crafted from the salvaged pews, and other items will also be available for purchase.

Advent: A Season Worth Waiting For
December 8, 10:10am, Chapel of St. Ignatius
David Pennington, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy, will explore the themes and meanings which fill the Advent season and will make suggestions about how to engage the season both at church and at home. All are welcome!

Icon Exhibit
December 8, 10am-2pm, Chapel Gallery
The Holy Trinity Iconography Guild will host its annual icon show, exhibiting their icons and works-in-progress. Meet the iconographers who wrote the Holy Trinity Icon celebrating Holy Trinity's 225th Anniversary.

Jesus' Preaching on the Kingdom of God in Matthew's Gospel
December 15, 10:10am, Chapel of St. Ignatius
As we begin a new Liturgical year (Year A) that will focus on the Gospel of Matthew, this presentation by Alan Mitchell, Professor of Scripture at Georgetown University, offers insight on Matthew's lens on Jesus' mission. All are welcome to come and renew acquaintance with the Gospel of Matthew.

Advent Resources

Consider these resources for prayers, Advent calendars, and family activities:

Catholic Women Preach

Franciscan Media

Loyola Press

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 


Service Opportunities

Holy Trinity Giving Trees
Giving Tree tags are on the trees (thank you to the artistic talents of HTS students!). Please consider supporting this annual event. Your gifts will support 14 organizations working with vulnerable families, men, women and children. Our volunteer coordinators hung more than 1300 tags. If you do take a tag, please return the gift by 1pm on December 15. Often, this gift will be the only an individual may received.  You may also shop at our virtual tree and have your gifts delivered directly to the Parish Center. Thank you!

Learn more about our 2019 Partners:
A Wider Circle
Bright Beginnings
Christ House
Fr. McKenna Center
Georgetown Ministry Center
Hope and a Home
Housing Up
Maria Madre
Mary House
Northwest Center
Our Lady of Sorrows
Spanish Catholic Center
St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth & Families
St. Jean Baptiste, Haiti