Don’t forget Mass for the feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8 (vigil Masses Dec. 7), first Friday eucharistic adoration (try a list of locations… not up-to-date). Also, quite a few Advent and Christmas activities this weekend plus ways to honor our diocesan patron, Our Lady of Guadalupe:
Foundation Friday for young adults — 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Diocesan Pastoral Center in Phoenix. Join young adults (college age and working professionals) for the monthly time of confession, eucharistic adoration, a motivational talk and fellowship. Info.
Honor Your Mother — Dec. 8 at Immaculate Heart Parish and Diocesan Pastoral Center in Phoenix. Flyer.
- 10 a.m. Join or watch a procession from Immaculate Heart Parish to Diocesan Pastoral Center. Also visible from westbound light rail if you take that in.
- 11:30 a.m. Bishop’s blessing
- 12 p.m. Outdoor Mass with Fr. Gary Regula, pastor of St. Benedict, giving the homily
Advent Night of Worship — 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Tempe. Matt Maher and his band will lead music. Doors open at 6 p.m. Suggested donation: $5 at door. Event flyer.
Christmas pageant — 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Xavier College Preparatory. Celebrate the story of the child Jesus through joyful and prayerful music and dance. Free tickets. Reserve by calling (602) 240-3161, email firstname.lastname@example.org or at the door. Box office opens at 1 p.m. the day of the performance. Info.
Breakfast with St. Nick — 7:45-10:45 a.m. Dec. 9 at Sacred Heart Parish in Prescott. Visit with St. Nick and receive a photo of the jolly pair. Plus breakfast from the Knights of Columbus. Event co-hosted by Sacred Heart School Boosters.
After 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Masses Dec. 9 at St. Luke Parish in Phoenix (7th Avenue just south of Loop 101). Tickets: $8 adults, $5 kids under 13 and under. Kids under 3 are free. Includes photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Info on p.4 of bulletin. Donations also accepted to support Phoenix seminarian Chris Tuttle.
Clothing collection — 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8 outside of Auto Zone on Guadalupe Road west of Dobson Road in Mesa. Make an Investment in Love and Kindness, a group of local Catholic youth and young adults working to end human suffering through social outreach, will be collecting clothes with Clothing Cycle, which pays groups per pound of clothing collected. Funds will help provide a Christmas for the Ojo Encino Chapter in Navajo Nation (where many live without electricity and running water) and the clothes will be somehow repurposed. Read how it works. Here’s the event page.
Prayer and a bear — 2-3 p.m. Dec. 9 at Legacy Assisted Living Center (McKellips Road east of Higley Road) in Mesa. Join local M.I.L.K., a local outreach of Catholic teens and young adults, in singing and visiting and passing out bears to the residents. Event page.
And from our Sunbeams daily events calendar:
- Miracle of the Roses Pageant: Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 8 in Scottsdale
- Advent Day of Reflection Dec. 8 in Phoenix