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The Coming of the Son of Man and Exhortation to be Vigilant

November 28, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

JER 33:14-16 PS 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 1 THES 3:12—4:2

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The Coming of the Son of Man and Exhortation to be Vigilant

Jesus said to his disciples:

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,

and on earth nations will be in dismay,

perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.

People will die of fright

in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,

for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

And then they will see the Son of Man

coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

But when these signs begin to happen,

stand erect and raise your heads

because your redemption is at hand.

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy

from carousing and drunkenness

and the anxieties of daily life,

and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.

For that day will assault everyone

who lives on the face of the earth.

Be vigilant at all times

and pray that you have the strength

to escape the tribulations that are imminent

and to stand before the Son of Man.”


meet our extended family

Servant of God Constance Helen Gladman

December 23, 1922 – November 30, 1964 

Constance Gladman was born in a small rural town in southwestern Australia. At a young age, Connie (as she was called) felt a calling to religious life.


Connie attended a teaching college in Melbourne. She wanted to go into the convent but her dad would not let her. He felt that his oldest daughter needed to be exposed to the world before making such a decision. Heeding her dad’s wishes, Connie taught in regular schools after graduation, but her desire to teach the poor and impoverished never left her.


When she was in her mid-20s, her father, seeing how his daughter had never lost her desire to become a nun, relented and gave her his blessing. Connie then joined the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. Connie took the religious name of Sister Mary Rosina, and, from that point on, she dedicated her life to the missions. She was sent to Papua New Guinea to teach. Sister Mary became highly respected and was elevated to the post of Teacher’s Supervisor. The government held her in high regard and, needing qualified people to help train local teachers, she agreed to assist them. Training others to teach was something she came to truly love.


On November 30, 1964, while Sister Mary Rosina was working with a novice teacher, a man quietly moved up behind her and killed her. She was 41 years old. She has been declared a Servant of God, the first step in becoming a saint, and her cause is now before the Congregation for the Causes for Saints. 


Take time to chat

  • In today’s Gospel, Jesus wants us to be ready when he comes again. We do not know when that will be. What are some ways you can stay vigilant and be ready for Jesus?
  • The word “redemption” means being saved from sin. Does everyone in the world need to be saved from sin? Explain your answer.
  • What does it mean to “stand before the Son of Man” at the end of time? How can we prepare for this now?
  • Constance Gladman had a gift for teaching. Who is/was your favorite teacher? Why is this teacher so special to you?


Recipe of the week

Veggie-Stuffed Holiday Crescent Wreath

Speaking of wreaths, enjoy this dish as a first course!

6 slices bacon

½ cup chive-and-onion cream cheese spread (from 8-oz container)

2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent rolls

2 cups frozen broccoli florets (from 14-oz bag), thawed, finely chopped and patted dry with paper towel

1/3 cup diced red bell pepper

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp. sesame seed

Fresh rosemary, if desired

Heat oven to 375°F. Cook bacon as desired until crisp. Drain on paper towel; crumble bacon and set aside.

Unroll both cans of dough; separate into 16 triangles. On ungreased large cookie sheet, arrange triangles with shortest sides toward center (in the shape of a star), overlapping in wreath shape and leaving 4-inch round circle open in center. Crescent dough points may overlap edge of cookie sheet. Press overlapping dough to flatten. Spread cream cheese spread on dough to within 1 inch of points. In small bowl, mix crumbled bacon, broccoli and bell pepper; spoon onto widest part of dough. Pull end points of triangles over broccoli mixture and tuck under dough to form ring (filling will be visible). Carefully brush dough with beaten egg; sprinkle with sesame seed. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. With broad spatula, carefully loosen wreath from cookie sheet; slide onto serving platter. Serve warm. Store in refrigerator.


Family Fun

Create an Advent Wreath

Advent wreaths help us to “prepare the way of the Lord.” Create an Advent wreath for your home or to give as a gift. There are a variety of ways to create an Advent wreath. Here are two ideas:


4 toilet paper tubes

Purple construction paper and/or marker

Pink construction paper and/or marker

Green construction paper (or green marker or crayons)

1 piece of yellow paper (construction paper, Post-it notes, highlighted paper, etc.)

A round plate (a paper plate is fine)

Cut the green paper into a circle so that it fits on top of the plate. Trace handprints on the green paper to make leaves for on the wreath. Wrap 3 of the toilet paper tubes in purple construction paper or color them purple. Wrap the remaining toilet paper roll in pink. Place the tubes on the plate, spaced evenly around the perimeter. Secure them with tape. Make flames from the yellow paper and tape the flames on the candles as appropriate.

Option 2

12” wire wreath frame

Soft greenery garland (if you have a dollar store near you, check them out for this.)

Purple poinsettia flowers or other purple flowers

Advent candle set

4 candle holders

white Christmas ribbon

greenery ties

glue gun

Wrap garland around your wire wreath until it is completely covered. Use hot glue to hold it in place. Next, take the white ribbon and wrap it around until you’ve found your desired placement. Secure it with a small dab of hot glue. Using a little bit of floral wire or greenery ties, space out the candle holders as evenly in place as possible and secure in place. Fill in empty areas of your wreath with purple poinsettia flowers and use a little bit of hot glue to hold them in place. Add the candles and you’re done!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Blessing of the Advent Wreath

Begin with the sign of the cross.

Leader: Our help is in the name of the Lord

All: Who made heaven and earth.

[A reader proclaims Isaiah 9:1-2, 5-6.]

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Leader: This wreath reminds us of God’s promise and his never-ending love. What should we pray for tonight?

[Family members share intentions.]

Leader: We lift all of these intentions and those in our hearts up to you as we pray the prayer You taught us. Our Father…

All: Amen

Leader: Let us ask for God’s blessing.

Lord our God,

we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:

he is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,

he is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,

he is the Savior of every nation.

Lord God,

let your blessing come upon us

as we light the candles of this wreath.

May the wreath and its light

be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.

May he come quickly and not delay.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

You can include a verse of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, if desired.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. What changes do you notice in the décor of the church?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Decide as a family a way that your family can volunteer your time in service to others during the season of Advent.

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Fun Facts!

Text Link

Advent means “coming” or “arrival” in Latin. We are preparing for the coming of Jesus into our hearts and into the world.