Celebrating Bambinelli Sunday

Next Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday, a day to rejoice in the Lord, as the Latin word gaudete (rejoice) indicates. During his pontificate, St. John Paul II chose this day to start a new Advent tradition which he called “Bambinelli Sunday." Bambinelli is the Italian word that means, "Little Baby Jesus." ​ Pope John Paul II invited all the Romans to come to St. Peter’s Square on that day for his Sunday Angelus. He instructed everyone to bring the Christ Child from their manger scene at home to the square. After the Angelus, everyone held up their Baby Jesus and he blessed them. The children especially enjoyed this little ceremony. Both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope F

Advent Begins!

We spring into a new Advent once again; that four-week period of prayer and preparation preceding the remembrance of the coming of our longed-for Messiah, Jesus Christ. Our liturgical celebrations during Advent make present once again in word, sign and sacrament the events of salvation history that lead up to the birth of the Savior. These events are dramatic and solemn, yet full of expectant hope as we see the dawn of our salvation on the horizon. The sacred liturgies not only recall these events but actually bring them to us once again in grace and in mercy, so that we may be immersed in the joy and hope that they promise. God is the source of all hope! In the

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