Monday, December 10, 2012

Advent 2012

Greetings and Holy Advent to all! Our home parish of Holy Trinity began a grand tradition a few years ago with an Advent by Candlelight celebration of a small meal and large fellowship! We were blessed to be the presenters for the first one. Later years included Matthew Kelly from Australia and this year brought Dr. Edward Sri of Colorado. Our Advent CD filled the two rooms and our daughter's voices brought this wonderful season to our hearts.

We left shortly thereafter to visit St. Mark's Church in Wilmington NC and were the guests of Brenda and Joe Wells, OFS, and Linda Perunko, OFS. We were asked to Link 2 themes we had presented recently, The Year of Faith and the Call to Holiness. We began with the Mass of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and then were joined by 50 people for a wonderful day!
 The fraternities, some of whom came from SC, had invited parishioners, and there were more than we expected. The most common comment we heard was the one that blesses anyone putting a gathering like this together: "this was exactly what I needed to hear and do at this point in my life". Linda and her team served beautifully and we were honored to be a part of this.

 The room was sunlit all day and set so there could be discussions and sharing. Several of the participants even took to the microphone in front to recall points made at their tables. Jerry's music and humor was also interspersed, and Cricket's gift of presentation and illustration was warmly received.
Our return to Atlanta was just in time to hear our daughter Geneva Adrienne solo in church with a large choir of GA Singers. Their selections of holy Advent and Christmas songs, sung with simply a gorgeous piano background, filled the church and audience with tidings of comfort and joy!