Our Church Seasons

Liturgical Seasons of Our Church
 
Let us explore the Liturgical Seasons of our Catholic Church:
Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, and Easter.
Ordinary Time

Advent

Christmas

Easter

Lent

Advent

 
Advent (ad-venio in Latin or "to come to") begins the Church year
and consists of the four Sundays before 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 four candles represent the four weeks of Advent.
Three candles are purple and one is rose.
The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance,
and preparatory sacrifices and good works undertaken at this time.
The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday.
Gaudete Sunday is a Sunday of rejoicing,
because the faithful have arrived at the
midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now
half over and they are close to Christmas.
The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation
and hope surrounding our Lord's first coming into the world
and the anticipation of his second coming to judge the living and the dead.
 
 
 
 
 
Wait for the Lord; His day is near. Wait for the Lord; be strong, take heart.

Hope

 Week One

Proclamation

As we begin the season of Advent, we cry out with John the Baptist: "Prepare the way of the Lord." It is time to become aware and alert, waiting anew for the coming of the Lord. Let us pray that the Reign of God be near and bless out world with justice and peace.
 

Peace

Week Two

Proclamation

The coming of Jesus into our world brings surprises and challenges. Like the wolf and the lamb, living together peacefully, may we prepare ourselves for the surprises that the message of Jesus will bring. Let us pray that the Reign of God inspires us to repentance and harmony.

Joy
Week Three

Proclamation

Because of his coming, Jesus offers healing to all who suffer. He brings glad tidings to all who are ready to listen. Let us pray that the Reign of God strengthens us and makes our hearts firm for the coming of the Lord.

Love

Week Four

Proclamation

In today's Gospel we are reminded that Mary conceived Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. His name was to be EMMANUEL which means God-is-with-us! Let us pray that the Reign of God fills us with the Spirit of holiness.

Christmas

Christmas Mass Schedule 2017
 
Sunday, Dec. 24th, at 4:00 p.m.: Children's Christmas Program
with Family Mass at 4:30 p.m.
  
Mass time for our "Midnight Mass" on Sunday, Dec. 24th is 8:00 p.m.

 
Christmas Morning Mass is on Monday, Dec. 25th at 8:30 a.m.

Blessing of Nativity Scene

God of every nation and people,

from the very beginning of creation

you have made manifest your love:

when our need for a Savior was great

you sent your Son to be born of the Virgin Mary.

To our lives be brings joy and peace,

justice, mercy, and love.

Lord,

bless all who look upon this manger;

may it remind us of the humble birth of Jesus,

and raise our thoughts to him,

who is God-with-us and Saviour of all,

and who lives and reigns forever and ever.

Amen.

 

Christmas

 

Christmas

 

Lent

Into the Desert…

Each year during Lent our Church beckons us to reflect upon our lives through prayer,

fasting and almsgiving. We are urged to evaluate who we are as disciples of Christ

and how we live out our discipleship. Do we live lives of gratitude, prayer, service and

generous sharing? This challenge to confront our faith lived out, our stewardship,

begins in prayer and in our relationship with God. It is also through prayer and

spiritual renewal that we are able to discern God’s ongoing personal call.

 

 

As we go into the desert, we know that we will not be alone.

We will go together as a Church to support, encourage and challenge one another.

Our hope is to bring to Easter morning the hearts

and lives of Christian stewards that will be a beacon in the world. It’s time…let’s go.

 “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile” Mark 6:31
 

2017 Holy Week Schedule; Triduum

Holy Thursday, April 13th: 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 14th: 1:00 p.m.

Saturday's Easter Vigil, April 15th: 8:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 16th: 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m

Stations of the Cross
 
During Lent:
Every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. before our 10:00 a.m. Mass
 
 
Lenten sites

 

Easter

Easter, Church Photo Tour
 Easter is the sacred celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead. It is the oldest and holiest Christian festival, the climax and center of the liturgical year,

and the holy day to which all other holy days point.

Morning has broken at Saint Paul's, Plainfield

Easter Season, 2016

Spring Morning

He is Risen! Alleluia!

Easter decor; an oasis for the weary

Those who journeyed through the RCIA process are welcomed into the Church by receiving the sacraments.

Come to the waters of baptism!

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Dale and Julie Craig and Family

This page is dedicated to

Julie Craig,

our Liturical Environmental Coordinator,

her family and our wonderful

volunteer decorators.

Thank you for your God-given talent!

Pentecost

We celebrate the "Birthday" of the Church by wearing red
and proclaiming Christ's peace in different languages.

The Choir led songs in different languages!

Fr. Jim Vennix

In Spanish by Leticia Barcenas

In Polish by Frank Nale

In Hebrew by Linda Golla

Ordinary Time

The English name "Ordinary" is intended to translate the
Latin term per annum (literally "time through the year"). This doesn't mean that Ordinary Time was nothing special, because Jesus preformed miracles all throughout the year. This means that, because Ordinary Time takes up more than half of the liturgical year, it is referred to as: Tempus per annum, or "time through the year." Ordinary time are those periods throughout the liturgical year when the church is not commemorating a special season such as  Lent, Advent, Christmas and Easter.

The gardens on the north side of the front entry.

The gardens on the south side of the front entry.

St. Peregrine, the patron saint of cancer patients, survivors, and their caregivers

In loving memory of Jeanne Muschinski from her friends, 2010