FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, MASS READINGS:  Jer 33: 14-16; Ps 25: 4-5, 8-9, 10,14; 1Thes 3: 12 to 4: 2; Lk 21: 25-28, 34-36

As we approach Advent, may it be one of wholeness and holiness as we continue to enter the sacred liturgy. 

Light is a powerful symbol of Advent.  For the next four weeks we wait in prayer and hope for the coming of our Messiah, that perfect Light that will burn away that darkness within.  As we read in Isaiah 9:11, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. 

Asking God to bless each of you, and your families.  SK

St. Joseph – On the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dec. 8, 2020, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter, for the 150th  anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the universal Church. To mark the occasion, the pope proclaimed a year dedicated to Mary’s husband, Joseph, foster father to Jesus. The special Year of St. Joseph will be held through Dec. 8, 2021  Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. We place in you all our interests and desires.  Heal those who are sick with the Covid-19 virus. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist us by your powerful intercession, and obtain for us from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, and good health through Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Â Having engaged here below your heavenly power, we may offer our thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers. AMEN. 

Pope Frances Prayer Intention for DECEMBER 2021:  Catechists – Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

From Vatican City, October 23, 2020, the Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert became independent.  We want to thank Father Phillip Lawrence, Mother Hilda Scott, Mother Mary Barnes, and Mother Benedicta Phillips, and all the sisters of Jamberoo Abbey, for their support in assisting us with this transfer of a dependent monastery to a new independent monastery, working on this since 1990!  We will continue to learn more about Federations, Congregations, Constitutions, etc.  This is a big step in our history and thanks to God, for all the efforts of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life.  Please pray for us!

MISSION STATEMENT –The Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert is a monastic community of women in the Benedictine tradition.  We profess vows of stability, conversion of life and obedience. Our primary mission, is to seek God through a life of prayer, silence and solitude.  Our way of life frees us to give glory and praise to God, intercede through prayer for the needs of the world and hospitality.


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