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December 5


Friday of the First Week of Advent

  • On this first Friday of Advent, start a Friday family tradition of praying a decade of the rosary before bedtime. Brush up on rosary prayers here.
  • Last year, the people of the Philippines suffered greatly in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Find out how Filipinos are recovering and rebuilding with the help of Catholic Relief Services and consider a donation to help CRS their work in the Philippines and around the world.  
  • Learn about Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the Philippines and Sri Lanka and his plans to visit typhoon survivors and their families.

  • Today's Jesse Tree Symbol & Reading:
    Today’s ornament has a lamb on it. God instructs Moses and Aaron to slaughter a year‐old male lamb for each member of Israel, smearing the blood to mark every doorpost, thus beginning the tradition of Passover and marking the exodus of the Israelites out of slavery. You can read the whole Passover story in
    Exodus 12:1‐14:31.
    — Anne-Marie Welsh for Faith magazine, published by the Diocese of Erie

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