Church of the Immaculate Conception

  The Roman Catholic Community of Glenville, New York


Advent, which comes from the Latin word for "arrival" or "coming" is a period of preparation for the birth of our Lord.  Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and is the start of our Christmas season, which lasts through the Baptism of Our Lord.  The first Sunday of Advent also marks the beginning of the liturgical year, the Church's "New Year's Day", at which time we change the cycle of the readings we are using at Mass.

Advent is a time of joyous anticipation, but also of penance and preparation for the great Christmas feast.  The liturgical color of the season is purple, a sign of penance, which is also used during Lent.  Then Church discourages excessive ornamentation, boisterous music and even weddings during Advent, in order to forest a sense of quiet hope.

Christmas Letter from Fr. Jerry

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

During these Advent days, we wait in faith for our Savior to be born, confident that the season of his Light is almost here. Although we know that Jesus Christ was born among us, to be like us, still we wait in wonder, and respond in awe to his birth.  Each year we are reminded that the face of Christ is present in everyone we meet.  This season of Emmanuel, "God with us" is at the core of our faith - God is with us, God is one of us in Christ.

Many of us find ourselves busy at this time of year.  We want peace, but we fell stress over many tasks and demands.  Now is when we might want to pause to pray to our God with a human face, preparing to allow Him .... continue reading

Printable Seasonal Calendar 2019

Blessing of the Advent Wreath for the 3rd Week of Advent

Light the 1st two purple candles

Lord our God,

We praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:

He is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,

He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,

He is the Savior of every nation.

Light the 3rd candle (pink)

Lord God,

Let your blessing come upon us

As we honor the second candle of this wreath.

May the wreath and its light

Be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.

May he come quickly and not delay.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Feast of the Immaculate Conception, our parish feast day, is celebrated this year on December 9, 2019
We will have Mass at 9am - followed by hospitality and Mass at 6:30pm

Advent Reconciliation Service
Monday, December 16th at 7:00pm

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Arrangement by Alec Noll
Violin - Jordan Manocchi

Piano - Alec Noll

Recorded in our Parish December 9, 2018

2018 O Come Emmanuel Noll and Manocchi