Seasons in the Church
Advent 2018 begins on Sunday, December 2nd and ends on Monday, December 24th.The season of Advent lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. At that time, the new Christian year begins with the twelve-day celebration of Christmastide, which lasts from Christmas Eve until Epiphany on January 6th.
Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "coming." Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for the arrival of Jesus. As Catholics, during Advent, we are called to look back upon Christ’s coming in celebration while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.