Mass Schedule

Saturday, 4:30 pm
Sunday, 8 & 10:30 am
Tuesday-Friday, 7:15 am

Saturday, 3:30-4 pm

Eucharistic Adoration
First Friday each month
7:15 am-Noon

Centering Prayer
Tuesday, 5:30-6:30 pm

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Church & Office
1079 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Fr. Warren Sazama, SJ

Fr. R.J. Fichtinger, SJ
Associate Pastor

Hrs: 9 am-4 pm, M-F
Tel: 651-227-7669
Fax: 651-227-0847

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STM School & Office
1065 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Patrick Lofton

Hrs: 7:30 am-3:30 pm
M-F (during school year)
Tel: 651-224-4836
Fax: 651-224-0097

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Gaudete Sunday and the Church's Prayer


Each Sunday of Advent sees the lighting of another candle on our Advent Wreath - marking our progress as we approach the dawning of the Christ light - the light that dispels the gloom of sin and sadness; the light that darkness cannot overcome; the light that brings life to the world. This Sunday we light a rose colored one for Gaudete (Joy) Sunday. By lighting it we express our joyful hope that as the long night draws to an end we will, indeed, rejoice in the everlasting light of a New Dawn. The joyful hope of the rose hued dawn represented by our rose candle is also reflected in the rose colored vestments worn by priest and deacon on Gaudete Sunday. It is a joyful hope expressed not only on the third Sunday of Advent but every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer during Mass. Expanding and concluding the Lord’s Prayer with what is known as an “embolism,” the Presider prays, “Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

Advent’s Joy Sunday brings pointed focus to the joyful waiting and hope that marks the Church’s prayer throughout the year. Today we sing “O Come Divine Messiah” to open and close our worship - expressing our eager anticipation and joyful hope. Yet in full appreciation of the human experience, we also sing “Marantha Lord Messiah” during Communion — a song that captures the ancient longing of weary yet hopeful hearts. A contemporary setting of the venerable “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” this song expresses the ancient yet ever new beliefs and longings of our faith journey. The composer weaves a new tapestry of song to engage the present generation of believers with the mystery of our Advent longings but she also employs words from the native tongue of Jesus (Aramaic) - placing an ancient invocation of the Divine on the tongues of today’s faithful: “Marana tha” – Come Lord! And so we stand as an Advent People - alive in the present day to recall and proclaim the First Coming of Christ (his incarnation over 2000 years ago); to anticipate his Second Coming (at a time we do not know, when his glory and justice will be fully revealed); and to bear witness to his Daily Coming among us (in the Sacraments we celebrate and in our sacred presence to each other). As members of the worshiping assembly we act as a visible sign of Christ’s Body - connected in faith to all that has gone before us and straining in hope toward all that is yet to be. As we sing our “Marana tha’s” let us participate fully, actively and consciously in the prayer that is on our lips. We are calling out for the Lord to Come. What does that mean for us today? Who shall we be? How shall we bear witness to the Lord to whom we call?


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