Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of 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 final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).
Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Our Advent calendar can help you fully enter in to the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ. Click for more Advent resources (from the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops website) and St. Paschal Catholic Church-ADVENT.
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Our Mission Statement
Centered on the Gospel of the Lord, we West Ouachita Catholics are a community committed to being a positive and life-giving presence to one another and to our world - a presence witnessed by our vibrant worship, our deep love for the poor, our heartfelt concern for the spiritual growth of Catholics of all ages, and our cordial welcome of everyone we meet. We are further committed to help each church member discover and develop their God-given talents for ministry, in the imitation of Jesus Christ.
The Christmas Season! A time of wonder. A time of joy. A time of giving. A time for family.
As we celebrate the feast of God becoming a human being, let's not let the commercialism and secularism all around us take precedence over what we are really celebrating.
Also, don't forget those for whom the holidays are a time of depression and sadness. Remember them in any way you can - especially in prayer.
May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas Season!
Fr. Frank Coens, OFM
Upcoming Events at St. Paschal
CHRISTMAS MASSES - December 24 @ 6:00 p.m. + December 25 at Midnight and 10:00 a.m.
JANUARY 1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass at 10:00 a.m.
First Reconciliation - January 31 at 10:00 a.m.
St. Blase Blessing of the Throats - January 31 - February 1 after the Masses