BEHOLD: Advent Journey

Make this Advent a season of Transformation

This free event is open to all parishioners, friends, family, and guests. 

We will be meeting each Sunday in Advent in the church from 8pm – 9pm.


An invitation from Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT

The days leading to Christmas are a time to spend with loved ones and share the joys of the birth of our Savior. However, this season can be bittersweet when it reminds us of strained relationships or loss of connection.

Advent is an important time to consider the restoration of the family. We see within our family lines the traces of the rupture of Adam and Eve, such as factions, divisions, loss, and sin. We long for our families to bear the marks of the Holy Family: love, fidelity, joy, truth, safety, belonging, rest, and peace. These longings are beautiful, but how can we make them a reality?

This Advent, I invite you to journey with the Holy Family as you prepare your heart for Christmas. In this beautiful guided journal, you will spend each week with one of the members of the Holy Family with daily meditation, prayer, and journal prompt to help you find joy, peace, and healing through Christ.


About the Author

Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, is a popular Catholic speaker, cohost of the Abiding Togetherpodcast, and the author of the bestselling book Loved as I Am.

A former Division I athlete who had a radical conversion and joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity in 1998, Heidland has shared her story on EWTN’s The Journey Home, at numerous SEEK and Steubenville conferences, and at the USCCB’s Convocation of Catholic Leaders.

In addition to speaking, Heidland has served in parish ministry and as the director of novices for her SOLT community. She also has served as an assistant to both her provincial and general superiors.

Heidland earned a master’s degree in theology from the Augustine Institute and speaks extensively on the topics of conversion, authentic love, forgiveness, and healing.

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