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Light the Candle of Joy

Advent is a season of reflection, anticipation, and joyful hope, reminding us to look forward to the promised return of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Join us in worship for Sunday Mass at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria and at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Green Hope HS.

When we anticipate one another in love and support and service, we give the gift of the everlasting presence of the living God. We wish you and your family a peaceful Advent journey.
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You are invited to stand, sit, or kneel during Mass as you are able.
 
The Introductory Rites

ENTRANCE  please rise
Comfort, Comfort, O My People

PENITENTIAL ACT

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

OPENING PRAYER (COLLECT)
 
The Liturgy of the Word

FIRST READING  you may be seated
Zephaniah 3:14-18a
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Zephaniah
Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem! The LORD has removed the judgment against you he has turned away your enemies; the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear. On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; he will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, he will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.


R/. Thanks be to God.
The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
 
God indeed is my savior;
    I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
    and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
    at the fountain of salvation. R/.

Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
    among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name. R/.

Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
    let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
    for great in your midst
    is the Holy One of Israel! R/.

SECOND READING
Philippians 4:4-7
A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians
Brothers and sisters: Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again:  rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

 
The word of the Lord.
R/. Thanks be to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION     please rise
Alleluia!

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. R/.

GOSPEL
Luke 3:10-18
The Lord be with you.
R/. And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
R/. Glory to you, O Lord.

The crowds asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?” He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He answered them, “Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.” Soldiers also asked him, “And what is it that we should do?” He told them, “Do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone, and be satisfied with your wages.” Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people.


R/. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of the Lord.

HOMILY  you may be seated

PROFESSION OF FAITH    please rise

 
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
R/. Lord, hear our prayer.

 
The Liturgy of the Eucharist

PRESENTATION AND PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS  you may be seated
 
Bread and wine are brought to the altar table, and everything is prepared for the celebration.

Hymn
The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns

The priest prays “…that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father,” 
all rise and respond:
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
The priest says the Prayer over the Offerings; following this, the people respond: 
Amen.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER

Preface
Priest: The Lord be with you.
All: And also with you.
Priest: Lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them up to the Lord.
Priest: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All: It is right and just.

HOLY
Heritage Mass
Owen Alstott
 
MYSTERY OF FAITH
 
AMEN
 
The Communion Rite

LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Priest: 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.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.

SIGN OF PEACE

LAMB OF GOD

COMMUNION HYMN
Christ, Circle Round Us

 
PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

 
The Concluding Rites

SOLEMN BLESSING

DISMISSAL

CLOSING HYMN
On Jordan’s Bank
WINCHESTER

 
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How grateful we are to be able to gather together on Christmas Eve to give praise to God for all the blessings from above.

If you would like to help beautify our altar, you will have an opportunity to sponsor a few Christmas flowers or to purchase a Mother Teresa honorarium card as a meaningful way to honor those we cherish in our hearts.

Click here to submit the names of your loved ones to be included in our Christmas prayer list that will be placed on the altar during our Christmas Eve Mass.

Thank you for your thoughtfulness while supporting our parish this Christmas season. 
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Our Mission
Inspired by our patron saint, the welcoming community of Mother Teresa Catholic Church is engaged in service to Christ and committed to the evangelization of His people with great love.

Our People
Pastor – Father Daniel Oschwald
Deacon – Deacon Mike Walsh
Parish Administrator – Angela Sentosa, (919) 623-1751
Business Manager – Michelle Yeh, (972) 898-7995
Pastoral Care – Jean and Donna, (919) 600-1724
Communications – Matt Young, (919) 428-3404
Faith Formation (Love) – Nicole Swannack
Faith Formation (Grow) – Kim Wisniewski
Faith Formation (Shine) – Nicolle Pollaci
Pastoral Council – Ed Simanskis
Finance Council – Paul Wolf
Mercy Council – Mary Ann McNeill
Capital Campaign – Joe Steinlage
Teen Family Group – Amy, Nicolle, and Michele


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