Worship At Home
The First Sunday of Advent



Also available: A video recording of this Mass recorded here at Corpus Christi.






Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The First Sunday of Advent


Whatever your present status in the Catholic Church, whatever your
current family or marital situation, whatever your past or present
religious affiliation, whatever your personal history, age, background,
race or color, sexual orientation, whatever your self-esteem…
you are
invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected by the
Catholic Community of Corpus Christi.
Let us know your needs, your hopes, your gifts.
There is a place for you here.


Call To Worship

Our liturgy begins with a Call to Worship to consider as we prepare ourselves while waiting for salvation.
Today we begin a new liturgical year focusing on the Gospel according to Mark.
This is the first week of Advent. The gentle glow of one candle reminds us that we wait in hope. Jesus teaches his disciples that the coming of the Son of Man will catch many people unprepared. We must be ready for the day of the Lord!
As we come together today, we long for the hope of unity. There are many who are feeling hopeless and in need of our prayers. We pray for the hope found in Christ to enter our hearts.
Let us take a moment to embrace the silence and prayerfully consider:
How can we be a daily instrument of unity in the presence of tension and division?
Help us to recognize your coming in the poor, the lonely and the oppressed.
Help us remember your family, where ever they may be, as we wait in prayer together.



Opening Song

When You Come:

Wide (often best for monitors and tablets):

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Opening Prayer

We begin in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,


We begin with Jesus’ words from today’s Gospel:
“Be watchful! Be alert!”
For the times we have grown weary and apathetic in faith or towards our sisters and brothers,
let us ask for God’s healing and mercy.

The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah
You, LORD, are our father,
our redeemer you are named forever.
Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways,
and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?
Return for the sake of your servants,
the tribes of your heritage.
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
with the mountains quaking before you,
while you wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for,
such as they had not heard of from of old.
No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you
doing such deeds for those who wait for him.
Would that you might meet us doing right,
that we were mindful of you in our ways!
Behold, you are angry, and we are sinful;
all of us have become like unclean people,
all our good deeds are like polluted rags;
we have all withered like leaves,
and our guilt carries us away like the wind.
There is none who calls upon your name,
who rouses himself to cling to you;
for you have hidden your face from us
and have delivered us up to our guilt.
Yet, O LORD, you are our father;
we are the clay and you the potter:
we are all the work of your hands.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God



The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
Brothers and sisters:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God always on your account
for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus,
that in him you were enriched in every way,
with all discourse and all knowledge,
as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you,
so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift
as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will keep you firm to the end,
irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful,
and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God



The Gospel

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ




Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

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Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday marks the beginning of the New Liturgical Year in the Catholic Church. Every year we are given the gift of the season of Advent to slow down, reflect, and prepare our hearts for transformation. In this preparation we look in two directions, so to speak: backwards to the Lord’s first coming as a child born to Mary and Joseph, and forward to his second coming at the end of time. This year we hear from the earliest written Gospel, from Mark, written around the year 70 CE. These were years of great conflict for the early Christians and war between Rome and the Jews. The Gospel reading for this Sunday echoes the theme of faithful waiting. Jesus tells the parable of a man who goes away to a far-off country, leaves his servants in charge, and then returns unexpectedly. Jesus uses this parable to deliver a wake-up call to the disciples. He tells them to remain on guard because the Master might return at any time. This is now our wake-up call too. We are called to stay awake and alert to do what we are meant to do. These words ring true “He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work.” We have a particular role with particular gifts to share for this phase of human history, a deep-down intuition, prompted by the Holy Spirit. How will we respond? Are we ready to respond?
The last year has given us the time and space to listen to others. We have been forced to “die” to so many things: expectations, routines, celebrations, institutions, and most importantly, treasured relationships. We have been asked to leave familiarity and security of the past we hold dear and embark upon a journey into the unknown. The current global pandemic, political struggles, systemic racism, and continued Church sex abuse cover ups, all find us waiting for solutions to problems, resolutions to conflicts, vaccines for disease, and leadership that can truly be effective and trusted. Many things that surfaced have gone on far too long and we need to go about the work of making substantial changes. The first week of Advent focuses on hope, but before we can go there, we need to awaken and expand beyond our normal view point and possibly see the pain in front of us. Many of us are physically, emotionally, and spiritually tired, but the divine light that burns within every soul cannot be extinguished. Even when nothing makes sense, God’s love is steadfast and our constant center. Generation to generation, God’s power remains constant. Take the time this season for moments of prayer, regardless of how deep or profound, and see God’s creative and restorative will at work. What changes do we need to make this Advent? How can we open our hearts more fully to Jesus? What material things distract us or focus us on individualism? Where can our voice be used to help the common good? Take the time also to be watchful of what is going on inside of us; our thoughts, our fears, our anger, the emotions that overtake us, the choices we make, the words we speak, the actions we take. Do they help spread the light of Christ? Take this time to critically take a look at how we are living our lives and allow the things that we have been too busy to see to come into view. Trust in God to carry our burdens so we may awaken to see the work to be done today. The journey still requires patient and joyful watching, all while keeping a vigilant, alert eye and heart to what is right and true. Now is the time for patient endurance and joyful hope. A weary world is still waiting to receive its Savior and rejoice.



Profession of Faith

Let us together profess our faith:

I believe in one God the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.




Prayers of the Faithful

The people of God have always been a people watching and waiting. As we struggle to stay awake, we remember those throughout the world who need our prayers.


Our Advent sung response:



For patience, perspective, and quiet reflection as we prepare our hearts for your Son’s coming:
May we be transformed…
We pray to the Lord


For peace and unity across barriers of language, color, and creed:
May all people be inspired to serve the common good uniting the human family in bonds of love…
We pray to the Lord


For the protection of the earth and all its resources:
May we leave our children’s children the legacy of beauty and abundance that we had been given…
We pray to the Lord


For those whose view the future is dark, fearful or discouraging:
May we bring life-giving rays of hope and joy to the world…
We pray to the Lord


For the grace to be alert so that the barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease:
May our divisions heal as we live in justice and peaces…
We pray to the Lord


We remember our beloved dead…
For all who will die this day…
For all who die alone…
And for those who grieve their loss in isolation; comfort them in their sorrow…
May all souls find rest…
We pray to the Lord



God of hope and mercy,
it is hard to stay hopeful when times seem dark in our lives and in the world.
We need your help to stay focused amid compelling distractions that confront us every day.
Help us to see the face of Christ in all those we meet.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.




Spiritual Communion Prayer

(Said together)

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You, as You are already there,
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.




Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
you are the source of life, of hope, and of all good things.
We look forward to the coming of the light of Christ at Christmas.
Help us turn toward that light in out lives.
Help us to be a people of peace,
to speak about it in an uneasy world,
and to live that peace among the people you have put into our lives every day.
Come, heal us and help us to be part of the healing as you lead all peoples closer to you,
dispelling the darkness of our world with the light of your love.
Unite us with all people in bonds of love, that the whole earth and all its peoples may have hope.
United with our sisters and brothers everywhere,
together we pray in the words Jesus taught us:

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done.
on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours now and forever.





These are read by a different member of our community every week.

Note: this is actually a link to the video of our Mass for this weekend, but it should begin at the point in the Mass where the announcements are read.





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