First Sunday Of Advent
What is Advent?
Advent is the season that begins the liturgical year. It consists of four Sundays starting with the Sunday closest to November 30th. The word "advent" is derived from the Latin adventus, which means "coming" or "arrival." In the societies of the Roman Empire, the word adventus referred to the arrival of a person of dignity and great power a king, emperor, or even one of the gods. For Christians, Advent is the time when the church patiently prepares for the coming of Jesus Christ. Advent is the first part of a larger liturgical season that includes Christmas and Epiphany and continues until the beginning of Lent. Even though Advent occurs in the month of December and is often considered as a prelude to Christmas, it is not simply about waiting for the birth of Christ. The Advent season focuses on Christ's threefold coming past, present, and future. First, we remember the Lord's humble first coming in Bethlehem two thousand years ago. Second, we give thanks for His present and continual coming to us through Word and Sacrament. Finally, we look forward with hope and longing to His second coming in glory on Judgment Day. The symbolism of the Advent wreath is beautiful. The wreath is made of various evergreens, signifying continuous life.
Even these evergreens have a traditional meaning which can be adapted to our faith: Holly also has a special Christian symbolism: The prickly leaves remind us of the crown of thorns, and one English legend tells of how the cross was made of holly. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life found in Christ. Any pine cones, nuts, or seedpods used to decorate the wreath also symbolize life and resurrection. All together, the wreath of evergreens depicts the immortality of our soul and the new, everlasting life promised to us through Christ, the eternal Word of the Father, who entered our world becoming true man and who was victorious over sin and death through His own passion, death, and resurrection. The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent.
A tradition is that each week represents one thousand years, to sum to the 4,000 years from Adam and Eve until the Birth of the Savior. Three candles are purple and one is rose. The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass; Gaudete Sunday is the 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. The light again signifies Christ, the Light of the world. Some wreaths include a white candle placed in the middle of the wreath, which represents Christ and is lit on Christmas Eve. Another tradition is to replace the three purple and one rose candles with four white candles, which will be lit throughout Christmas Season.
Our Lady Of Guadalupe
You are cordially invited to the Celebration in Honor of our Lady of Guadalupe
Wednesday, December 11th
Starting at the Starlite Grounds in MLK & Powerline Rd
Come and Share with us:
Mexican Dances & food
Reenactment of the apparitions
Procession with Mariachi to San Isidro’s Parish at 10:00 pm.
Serenade to Our Lady & Holy Mass at 11:00 pm - In the Church.
Thursday December 12th
Holy Mass at 8:00 pm – In the Church.
Come Join Us Every Wednesday
We have Bible study every Wednesday at 7 pm to 8:30 pm.
We are starting a new Chapter - Please invite your friends and family to join us and Study the Book of Ruth.
For more information please contact Orazio Fichera Cell 954-856-3492.
The Religious Education Program invites you to be a part of the Angel Tree project.
The Angel Tree is designed to assist families in financial need to ensure that their children have a joyful Christmas. Each year, with your generosity, we help provide over 100 children with Christmas presents. The Angel Tree will be in front of the crying room inside of the church. If you would like to help simply choose an angel and bring a gift card to us by December 14th.
The distribution date will be Monday December 16th and Tuesday December 17th from 12 pm to 2 pm and from 3 pm to 6 pm
If you would like to register a family or make a donation, please call the office for more information. 954-971-8780 Ext. 204. Thank you!
Christmas Art Contest
You Are Invited
Free Christmas Concert
December 20, 2013 at 7 pm San Isidro Catholic Church
2310 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Pompano Beach, Florida 33069
Dinner to Follow
Adults: $10 Children 10 and under: $5
Call for tickets: (954) 444-4200
Peace an Earth. A Chrirstmas Concert
Invites you to a Pilgrimage to Holy Land and Rome
San Isidro Catholic Church
June 09-19, 2014
Cost: 3,699 per person
This Trip Includes
Roundtrip airfare from Miami to Rome & Rome to Miami. Accommodation at first class hotels for 9 Nights. 9 Breakfast and Dinners. Professional tour guide. Assistance by altura Faith Representatives and all Tour Documents.
For information and reservations please contact:
Mrs. Rosie Joseph at (954)-464-6587/(954)-933-7113
We would like to thank all of the parishioners who contributed to the 2013 ABCD Campaign
and would like to remind those who continue to have an outstanding balance
to please meet your pledge amount by the end of this year.
Thank you for your generosity and may our Lord continue to bless you abundantly.