Comic Surprises of an Advent God
While Catholic churches are still singing Advent hymns, secular society is already feasting Christmas. Abounding are commercial ads that try to reinvent Christmas as a season of consumerist spree for all buyers of any creed. Yet what sustains its quasi- religious aura is the ambient replaying of traditional carols in homes, megamalls, and public media –online or offline.
Christmas without carols is like a cowboy movie without horses. But just what again is the original gospel message that these songs are resounding?
ADVENT RETREAT * 9-11 December 2018 Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish * Lakeside, CA 92040
9 December * 6:00-7:30 pm * Matthew 1:1–3:17
JOSEPH THE DREAMER
A man fathers a child –so common sense tells us. But Matthew’s gospel reverses that: it is a helpless child, pursued by a vicious despot, who “fathers” a virtuous guardian.
10 December * 6:00-7:30 pm * Luke 1:1–3:38
MARY OF THE ANGELS
In our age that questions the existence of God, Christmas comes around with its décor peopled with lovely angels. Luke’s gospel makes them sing of His surprising presence.
11 December * 6:00-7:00 pm * Sacrament of Reconciliation follows ◄☼
SANTA VERSUS SCROOGE
Pop culture also offers its own Christmas stories. Some trivialize the very spirit of this holy season ... while others do reveal the nourishing omnipresence of the Divine Word.
When: December 9, 10 & 11, 2018 - 6pm - 7:30pm
Where: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Barona Clubhouse
More Information: 619-443-3412
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About PIO ESTEPA, SVD
PIO ESTEPA SVD was ordained a priest in the Philippines in 1978. From then till 2003, he worked as missionary in Congo, Mexico, Fiji, and Australia. From 2003-2006, he served as SVD secretary general, then as SVD mission secretary till 2012. While in Rome, he also was consultant to the Pontifical Council of Culture at the Vatican. Having an MA in Philosophy and a PhD in the Social Sciences, he lectured in universities and seminaries among which were the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), Universidad Intercontinental (Mexico City), Pacific Regional Seminary (Fiji), and Yarra Theological Union (Melbourne).
Since his arrival in the USA in 2013, he was first assigned to teach at the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago), then to work full-time in parish ministry at Sacred Heart Parish (Memphis), and is now teaching at Divine Word College (Epworth, Iowa).
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