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December 3

Elementary:

We begin in the name of the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

In the coming weeks, we will hear a many stories about beginnings in the Gospels: Mary's journey to visit her cousin Elizabeth; the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem; Jesus' birth; and during the Christmas season, the journey of the magi, or the wise men, to visit the baby Jesus, and Mary and Joseph's journey back to Jerusalem to find Jesus in the temple.

Many people today travel in search of family, shelter and hope.

Maybe you could find someone who has come to our country and community and, if you ask kindly and respectfully, they may share their story with you of how they came to be in Regina and Canada.

Let us pray

Today we offer prayers of hope and protection for all travelers seeking hope and new life for their families and for the world.  Lord help us be a people of welcome as Mary and Joseph welcomed Jesus. In each person we meet may we see the face of Jesus.  In Jesus' name we pray.

Amen

On this feast of St. Francis Xavier who shared the story of Jesus with great love, we ask his prayers for us so we may be people whose hearts are open to recognizing Christ in many different cultures and peoples.

We continue our Advent journey in the name of the Father. The Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen


High School: 

We begin in the name of the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

In the coming weeks, we will remember a series of journeys in the Gospels: Mary's journey to visit her cousin Elizabeth; the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem; and during the Christmas season, the journey of the magi to visit the baby Jesus, and Mary and Joseph's journey back to Jerusalem to find Jesus in the temple.

Much like the travels of migrants and refugees today, these journeys were taken to find family, shelter and hope.

Here's an Advent challenge: find some time to read some recent news stories of travel by migrants and refugees from all over the world.  Better yet find someone who has come to our country and kindly and respectfully ask them to share their story with you. 

"We judge ourselves as a community of faith by the way we treat the most vulnerable among us. The treatment of migrants challenges the consciences of elected officials, policymakers, enforcement officers, residents of border communities, and providers of legal aid and social services, many of whom share our Catholic faith." (USCCB, Strangers No Longer, Together on a Journey of Hope, no. 6)

Let us pray

Today we offer prayers for migrants and refugees everywhere seeking hope and new life for their families and for the world.  Lord help us be a people of welcome as Mary and Joseph welcomed Jesus. In each person we encounter may we see the face of Jesus.  In Jesus' name we pray.

Amen

On this feast of the great missionary, St. Francis Xavier, we ask his prayers for us so we may be people whose hearts are open to recognizing Christ in many different cultures.

We continue our Advent journey in the name of the Father. The Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.