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The First Sunday of Advent

It always seems to be so far away, yet it creeps up suddenly (or is time just speeding up as I age)?  This is the first Sunday of Advent, and we have entered a new liturgical year (cycle A).  Most of our gospel readings of this year will be from Matthew. In contrast to its position in the New Testament, it was not the first gospel to be written (Mark) but was probably penned between the years 80 and 90 CE.  Written from a seemingly Jewish standpoint, the person writing as Matthew speaks to those in the Jewish following of Jesus to make sure they maintained a place in a church that was becoming more and more gentile in composition.  While Matthew relies on the gospel of Mark, it also relies on other sources whose existence have been a subject of controversy among scholars.  Some of it is uniquely Jewish in socio-location, drawing equivalencies between Jesus and the Messianic prophecies of the Hebrew Bible.  Today’s readings, as the church deems appropriate, the gospel reading starts the season with waiting, but not for the baby to be born.  Instead, the gospel is about the second coming.

Mass begins at 9:00 a.m. Please log in at least ten minutes prior to the start so we can let you into the Zoom room.  The worship aid for November 27 is here, We will no longer share it on screen, so please print it or have it available on your phone.

Rev. Kate Lehman, OSB

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Sundays at 9:00 a.m. 


Shadow Rock UCC
Education Building Chapel
12861 N. 8th Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85029



St. Teresa of Ávila is united with many other authentic Catholic faith communities as a member of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC).  The ECC is a "community of communities" that share a common theology and liturgical tradition with the Roman Catholic Church, but do not participate in its canon law.

The "ECC Difference" can be seen in the inclusion of all baptized Christians at the Eucharistic table, respect for and recognition that the Spirit is at work in those of other religions, ordination of women and married individuals, offering of the sacrament of marriage to committed LGBT couples and those remarrying after divorce, invitation to follow conscience regarding birth control, and active/equal involvement of the laity in the governance of the Communion.