Advent is defined as the arrival of a notable person. In the Catholic Church, Advent is the period of preparation before Christmas, the birth day of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In conjunction with the beginning of Advent, which starts December 2, 2012, the Archdiocese of Washington is distributing 10,000 yard and window signs. The signs will announce the start of the “Find the Perfect Gift/Regalo Perfecto” initiative, which is an invitation to get to know more about Christ. In addition to the yard signs, television and radio commercials will direct people to a website to find more information about the Catholic faith.
At the interactive websites for “Find the Perfect Gift” and “Regalo Perfecto” (www.findtheperfectgift.org and www.regaloperfecto.org.), users can ask questions about the Catholic faith, learn more about the Archdiocese of Washington, learn how to pray during Advent, and find answers about what is peace and happiness. There is also a list of events around the archdiocese that are open to anyone wanting to celebrate the season with sacred music, prayer and service. Additionally, there are links to Catholic parishes and their respective Mass times.
“Christmas, or ‘Christ’s Mass,’ is the time in which the Christian community shares the greatest love story in the world: the story of God’s love for His people,” said Dr. Susan Timoney, Assistant Secretary of Pastoral Ministry and Social Concern. “God desires our love so much that he chose to become one of us, to be human in the form of a vulnerable, dependent infant named Jesus.” Dr. Timoney explained Christmas is an invitation to a relationship with Jesus and to joining a community that comes together to pray, learn, celebrate and serve.
More information about the “Find the Perfect Gift”/”Regalo Perfecto” initiative is available atwww.adw.org, www.findtheperfectgift.org and in Spanish at www.regaloperfecto.org. Interactive feedback can also be found on Twitter at #PerfectGift.
The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 97 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.