This weekend marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. It is the start of Advent. This year we are being invited to come home for Christmas. This invitation is an opportunity to embark on a journey.

Throughout this year of 2020 we have been stymied by the Corona Virus. Our lives, routines and our families have been terribly disrupted or even derailed. We are in need of a change. We are searching for a different direction.

Coming home for Christmas via our Journey through Advent and Christmas is a grace filled moment that can help us transform this past year into an enriching experience this new year.

Whether you participate in the Vigil Project with its reflections from Wild Goose Ministries, or you simply join us for deeper prayer and reflection, this journey can be a time of great value and spiritual uplifting.

At this point of the Covid upswing who knows what the next few weeks will present to us. Just as Thanksgiving looked different this year, much of our Christmas celebrations may be altered as well.

Even if we cannot all fit into church for the Christmas holidays, we can still come home. We can enter into the spirit of this beautiful season. Our preparations can lead us to moments of great grace and joy.

My hope for you is that you find this Journey through Advent and Christmas to be fulfilling, peace filled, and rewarding.  So, I invite you to join me in prayer, reflection and longing with your hearts to welcome the Christ child into your hearts.

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To join Holy Spirit’s flock:  There are two ways to join.  Visit our network at and follow the steps to join, or using your cell phone text belong to 845876 and follow the steps.

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To join The Pastoral Center for the Diocese of Gary’s flock:  There are two ways to join. You can visit and follow the sign-up steps. Or, you can text the word GARY to the phone number 84576, which will take you to the sign-up page.  When you sign up, you’ll receive links to video messages from Bishop Hying, notifications about upcoming events and much more.

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