This third Sunday of Advent is often referred to as Gaudete Sunday, meaning the Sunday of Joy.
In Italy, on Gaudete Sunday people bring the figurine of baby Jesus from their crib to Mass for a blessing. They then wrap the figurine up in Christmas paper. The figurine is the first present to be unwrapped on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning and is a lovely reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. If anyone would like to bring the figurine from their crib to any of the masses this weekend Fr. Robert will be doing this special blessing.
Fr. Robert will also explain to our students that throughout Advent, we are preparing and looking forward to the birth of Jesus. He will talk about how we can prepare for the birth of Jesus, by being kind, respectful, truthful, and by sharing with others.