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Advent Schedule and Programs Announced

November 22, 2013

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Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is giving us signs of the attention he has for each one of us. How often does God give us a glimpse of his love!

Pope Benedict XVI

Programs


Advent Reflections Sign up for daily Advent email reflections at campusministry@anselm.edu

Christmas Giving Tree to benefit Catholic Charities of New Hampshire.

Trees with gift tags are located in Alumni Hall 1st floor, Abbey Church lobby, and Campus Ministry. Please return wrapped gifts with tags to Campus Ministry, Cushing, by Friday, December 13. 

Fair Trade Fair to support economic justice in developing countries.

Beautiful and unique hand crafted gifts, jewelry, housewares and more that are made by artisans from around the world. Thursday, December 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Cushing Student Center.

Campus RENEW offers the opportunity to form small peer-led faith sharing groups.  Campus RENEW groups meet for an hour each week for Scripture reflection, discussion and prayer. 

Christmas Cards and Books are available for purchase in Campus Ministry, Cushing and the Abbey Church, lower level.

Calendar of Events & Liturgies


Sunday, December 1
First Sunday of Advent

  • Mass at 8:30 a.m. in upper Abbey Church choir & 7:00 p.m. in lower Abbey Church
  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. lower Abbey Church

Monday, December 2

  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Abbey Church, lower level
  • Mass, 5:15 p.m. upper Abbey Church
  • Traditional Blessing of Manger Scene and Christmas Tree, 8:00 p.m. plaza behind Alumni Hall, Christmas Carols and refreshments to follow, hosted by Knights of Columbus, Red Key Society and Campus Ministry.
  • Co-ed RENEW 8:30 p.m. in lower Abbey Church & 10:00 p.m. Bertrand Hall lounge

Tuesday, December 3
Memorial of St. Francis Xavier

  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. lower Abbey Church
  • Mass, 5:15 p.m. upper Abbey Church
  • Women's RENEW 8:00 p.m. in JOA lounge

Wednesday, December 4
Memorial of St. John of Damascus

  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. lower Abbey Church
  • Mass, 5:15 p.m. upper Abbey Church
  • Co-ed RENEW 7:30 p.m. in Campus Ministry Cushing
  • Mass at 9:00 p.m. Lady Chapel, lower Abbey Church
  • Women's RENEW 10:00 p.m. Campus Ministry Cushing

Thursday, December 5

  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. lower Abbey Church
  • A Celebration of Light, Intercultural Holiday Dinner, 5:00 p.m., North Lounge, Cushing Center
    hosted by Campus Ministry and the Multicultural Center, RSVP: multiculturalcenter@anselm.edu
  • Mass, 5:15 p.m. upper Abbey Church
  • Rosary, 8:00 p.m. lower Abbey Church

Friday, December 6
Memorial of St. Nicholas

  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. lower Abbey Church
  • Mass, 5:15 p.m. upper Abbey Church

Saturday, December 7
Memorial of St. Ambrose

  • Mass, 11:50 a.m., upper Abbey Church
  • DecemberSong, service of readings and songs of the Advent and Christmas Seasons by the Saint Anselm College Choir, 7:30 p.m., Abbey Church

Sunday, December 8
Second Sunday of Advent

  • The Second Sunday of Advent: Mass at 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 6:15 pm to 6:45 p.m. lower Abbey Church

Monday, December 9
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary

  • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (transferred) Mass at 12:30 pm lower Abbey Church, 5:15 pm upper Abbey Church, 9:00 p.m. lower Abbey Church
  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Abbey Church, lower level
  • Co-ed RENEW 8:30 p.m. in lower Abbey Church & 10:00 p.m. Bertrand Hall lounge

Tuesday, December 10

  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Abbey Church, lower level
  • Mass, 5:15 p.m. upper Abbey Church
  • Women's RENEW 8:00 p.m. in JOA lounge

Wednesday, December 11

  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Abbey Church, lower level
  • Mass, 5:15 p.m. upper Abbey Church & 9:00 p.m. lower Abbey Church
  • Co-ed RENEW 7:30 p.m. in Campus Ministry Cushing
  • Women's RENEW 10:00 p.m. in Campus Ministry Cushing

Thursday, December 12
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Abbey Church, lower level
  • Rosary prayer, 8:00 p.m., Abbey Church, lower level

Friday, December 13
Memorial of St. Lucy

  • Christmas Giving Tree gift drop off in Campus Ministry, Cushing
  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., lower Abbey Church
  •  Mass, 5:15 p.m. upper Abbey Church

Saturday, December 14
Memorial of St. John of the Cross

  • Mass, 11:50 a.m. upper Abbey Church

Sunday, December 15
Third Sunday of Advent

  • Mass at 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., lower Abbey Church

Monday, December 16

  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., lower Abbey Church
  • Mass at 5:15 p.m. upper Abbey Church
  • Co-ed RENEW 8:30 p.m. in lower Abbey Church & 10:00 p.m. Bertrand Hall lounge

Tuesday, December 17

  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., lower Abbey Church
  • Mass at 5:15 p.m., upper Abbey Church
  • Women's RENEW 8:00 p.m. in JOA lounge

Wednesday, December 18

  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., lower Abbey Church
  • Mass at 5:15 p.m., upper Abbey Church & 9:00 p.m., lower Abbey Church
  • Co-ed RENEW 7:30 p.m. in Campus Ministry Cushing
  • Women's RENEW 10:00 p.m. in Campus Ministry Cushing

Thursday, December 19

  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., lower Abbey Church
  • Mass at 5:15 p.m., upper Abbey Church
  • Rosary prayer, 8:00 p.m., Abbey Church, lower level    

Friday, December 20

  • "Confessions" Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., lower Abbey Church
  • Mass at 5:15 p.m., upper Abbey Church
  • Christmas Recess begins

Saturday, December 21

  • Mass celebrated daily at 8:30 a.m. until Sunday, January 14, except on Christmas Day.

Sunday, December 22
Fourth Sunday of Advent

  • Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, December 25
Christmas Day

  • The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
    Mass at 12 Midnight & 11:00 a.m. 

Wednesday, January 1
New Year's Day

  • The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God
    Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Celebration of the Eucharist in Advent


(When the college is in session) Abbey Church

  • Sunday: 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.
  • Monday: 5:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 7:45 a.m. lower church & 5:15 p.m. upper church
  • Wednesday: 5:15 p.m., upper church & 10 p.m. lower church
  • Thursday: 7:45 a.m. lower church & 5:15 p.m. upper church
  • Friday: 5:15 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11:50 a.m.

Liturgy of the Hours


(when the college is in session) Abbey Church

The college community is welcome to celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours with the Benedictine Monks of Saint Anselm Abbey.  Please arrive a little early and a monk will assist you with seating and orientating you with the prayer book. Seating is in the choir section behind the main altar.

Sunday
Morning Prayer Lauds 7:10 a.m.
Daytime Prayer Terce 8:30 a.m.
Evening Prayer Vespers 5:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Morning Prayer Vigils and Lauds 6 a.m.
Daytime Prayer Sext 12 p.m.
Evening Prayer Vespers 7:05 p.m.
Saturday
Morning Prayer Vigils and Lauds
6 a.m.
Daytime Prayer Vespers 5:35 p.m.
Office of Readings Vigils 7:30 p.m.

Reconciliation


(when the college is in session) Abbey Church, lower level

  • Sunday 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • Monday - Friday 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Christian Meditation


(when the college is in session) Abbey Church, lower level

  • Tuesday 8 a.m.

Rosary


(when the college is in session) Abbey Church, lower level

  • Thursday 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Abbey Church is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for prayer and reflection. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the chapel to the right of the sanctuary.

For additional resources for Advent and Christmas, see http://www.usccb.org/advent