SJA CONCERT SERIES
Steve Angrisano - February 24th, 7 pm
We are very excited to announce that Steve Angrisano will be leading a night of praise at St. Joan of Arc.
A veteran musician, composer and youth minister who has been featured at 7 World Youth Days, served as Emcee for ’05 ’07 ’09 and ’11 National Catholic Youth Conference, Steve Angrisano is undoubtedly one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the Church today. Those who are young (and young at heart) embrace the passionate message of faith, hope and love woven throughout his music and storytelling. Always rooted in a spirit of humility and faithfulness, Steve has a keen intuition regarding the needs of any audience and engages them with his unique blend of humor, song, story and interaction. This makes him both a natural and popular choice for diverse parish, diocesan, national and world-wide events.
SJA Table Talk is a website with fun content to help you prepare for Mass as a family and to encourage faith-based conversations at the dinner table. The goal is to get our families into a rhythm of 2 quality meals per week and 10 minutes of preparation for Mass.
See this week's discussion guide below. Then come back each week. We will be your 'Sous Chef' - finding the best morsels from the internet and Catholic teachings for your family's consumption.
THIS WEEKS TABLE TALK (3rd Sunday of Advent - Dec 14th)
- What does it mean to have a friendship with Jesus? Watch this inspring talk by Father John Riccardo as he talks to teens as to what it means to have a friendship with Jesus.
- Art & Christ as our Center -- take this interactive tour through Europe
- Advent Resources -- Next Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Prepare now for your Table Talk family activities during Advent - see the Table Talk Advent resources by clicking here>
- Below are suggested recipes for Advent
- Living the Gospel: 3rd Sunday of Advent (Dec 14th)
- Preparing for Sunday: 4th Sunday of Advent (Dec 21th)
What Does it Mean to Have a Friendship with Jesus?
Watch this wonderful talk that Father John Riccardo had with teens about what it means to have a friendship with Jesus -- and also how the Mass presumes that you already have a friendship with Jesus (the entire video is wonderful - but this part of the talk beings at minute 22:45 -- click here to start at this point>). One of his main points is that we come to Mass expecting to be evangelized... when really the Mass is for the evangelized.
Some very interesting points to ponder and discuss - you may just look at the mass and the eucharist in a different light after listening to this talk.
ART & CHRIST AS OUR CENTER - an interactive tour through Europe
Take an interactive journey with Jesus throughout Europe to see how certain pieces of art of the Gothic Cathedrals symbolize 'Christ as our Center'. The tour includes a virtual tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris - where you can view the magnificent Rose Window up close. There are also a few surprises - including French recipes and a Beatles music reference. Enjoy.
RECIPES | All Saints and All Souls Days
See below for suggested recipes for Advent
GET TO KNOW THE GOSPEL - PREPARING FOR MASS
The Lord's salvation will be made known to the poor and the oppressed.
Mary sings praise to God.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
Paul encourages the Thessalonians to rejoice and pray always.
John gives testimony that he is preaching and baptizing in order to prepare for the coming of another.
Background on the Gospel Reading
This Sunday's Gospel invites us to continue our reflection on the person and mission of John the Baptist. Today we depart from the Gospel of Mark and read a selection from the Gospel of John.
The Gospel for today combines a brief passage from the prologue to John's Gospel with a report about John the Baptist. As in Mark's Gospel, the Gospel of John contains no birth narrative. Instead, John's Gospel begins with a theological reflection that has come to be called the “prologue.” This prologue places the story of Jesus in its cosmological framework. It speaks of Jesus' existence with God since the beginning of time. In John's Gospel, Jesus is presented as the fulfillment of the Old Testament and the culmination of the Word, the light that is coming into the world's darkness.
Following this prologue, John reports on the ministry of John the Baptist. We learn about the attention that John the Baptist received from the Jewish authorities. Messengers from the Jewish priests, the Levites and the Pharisees question John about his identity and the meaning of the baptisms that he is performing. John's Gospel uses these questions to establish the relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist. John the Baptist is not the Messiah, nor is he Elijah or the Prophet. In John's denials, we hear echoes of the kind of messianic expectations that were common in first-century Palestine.
The only affirmative response that John the Baptist gives is when he quotes the prophet Isaiah. Upon answering the next question, John announces that the savior they seek is already among them, but as yet unrecognized. John's response highlights for us an important Advent theme: Jesus has already come into the world as our savior. During Advent, we pray that we will be able to recognize Jesus' presence in our midst. Advent also reminds us that Jesus will come again to fulfill the promise of salvation. We pray that we will continue to be watchful as we anticipate that great day.
The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete, a Latin word which means “rejoice,” is taken from the entrance antiphon for Sunday's Mass. This theme is echoed in today's second reading from the first Letter to the Thessalonians. It is a reminder that Advent is a season of joy because our salvation is already at hand.
PAINTING - Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks (Second Reading). Rose stained glass window in the cathedral of Notre Dame de Pari
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY - 4th Sunday of Advent
2 Samuel 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16
The Lord promises David that he will raise from his descendents a kingdom that will endure forever.
A prayer of praise to the Lord for his faithfulness to his covenant.
Paul praises God for making his revelation known.
The angel Gabriel visits Mary to announce the birth of Jesus.
Background on the Gospel Reading
This Sunday we read the story of the angel Gabriel's announcement to Mary about the birth of Jesus. This story is found only in Luke's Gospel. On this fourth Sunday of Advent, the liturgy shifts our attention from John the Baptist to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Both John and Mary serve as important figures for our reflection during the season of Advent; they both played instrumental roles in preparing the way for Jesus. Last week we reflected on John the Baptist's announcement that the Savior was among us, although not yet recognized. This week we reflect upon Mary's example of faith and obedience to God, traits which permitted her to receive the angel's message that God's Son would be born as a human person, as one of us.
We are familiar with the story of the Annunciation, and it is fitting that we recall how God announced the birth of Jesus as we make our final preparations for our celebration of the Incarnation. The angel Gabriel visited Mary, a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph. Mary greeted the angel's news with awe and wonder and asked how it could be possible that she could give birth to a child. In his reply, the angel Gabriel announced the seemingly impossible reality: the child to be born would be conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and would be God's own Son. The angel reported to Mary another miracle; her relative Elizabeth was also pregnant despite having been thought to be unable to have a child. Mary's response to the angel, which is called her fiat, is an example of complete faith and obedience to God.
The story of the Annunciation calls to our attention God's wondrous action in human history. God chose a human person to give birth to his Son so that all humanity would know God's salvation. Mary, already full of God's grace, was able to cooperate in this great plan for our salvation. Thus Jesus was born as one of us, fully human and also fully divine. This is the mystery we prepare to celebrate at Christmas, the mystery of the Incarnation. In the model of Mary, we pray that we will be people of faith who recognize God's saving plan for us and are able respond with obedience.
PAINTING - "Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High." (GOSPEL) Giorgio Vasari, Annunciation, 1571
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