In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
- Isaiah 40:3
Black Friday, what a negative name! Is spending money and giving gifts the meaning of Christmas?
Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 will begin the Christian Alternative: Advent, a non commercial Christmas.
Children will receive a particular attention, from this Sunday’s Meet 'n' Mix/ Méli-Mèlo, to the old fashioned Children’s Party a week Saturday, to a liturgy of weekly candle lighting at home (download the bilingual one prepared by Judith Bricault). They remind us of the wonder we all once knew and can still discover when we live in the simplicity of the wilderness, a voluntary God-centred simplicity.
We hold in our hearts our children who are facing intrusive medical treatments, their parents and families. We pray for children who have lost a parent. We hold all children in our prayers and care!
Get ready for wonder.
Get ready to meet God in the desert.
Get ready for a more radical non-commercial preparation of Christmas.
Advent summons us
with the exuberant hopefulness of a child.
Advent holds us spellbound with child-like wonder.
Advent challenges us to care for the littlest child.
Advent amazes us, for God was made known in a tiny child. (CGP)