As this historical year brought our school physical distance, Marymount’s annual Advent Mass, held virtually on Friday, December 11, harmoniously brought our community of students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators, alumnae and Les Anges (parents of alumnae) together to celebrate the approaching holidays.
The overarching message of the Mass was to find joy during the waiting periods of our life and remembrance of the grace surrounding us, which offered timely reassurance to navigate challenging times.
Led by Fr. Mark Villano, member of the Marymount Board of Trustees and Associate Director at the University Catholic Center at UCLA, his homily encouraged all who attended to celebrate the relationships we hold with our families and friends - a gift in which God has brought to us this holiday season; which beautifully parallelled the gospel reading, Matthew 11:16-19, asking, “To what shall I compare this generation"?
Our Campus Ministry Team presented readings from Isaiah 48:17-19 and the Responsorial Psalm: Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life. Marymount students also showcased an abundance of talent and grace through songs and performances including, "Carol of the Bells," beautifully performed by The High C's for the Song of Sending.
From Latin, the word “Advent” directly translates to “coming.” The Advent season is an important time for reflection and preparation, where we direct our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming, and prepare for the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas.
As with many other "firsts" this year, this was Marymount's first virtual Advent Mass, which was successful due to the contributions of many students, faculty and staff including: the Campus Ministry Team, Marymount’s Religious Studies Department, the Technology Department, Head of School Jacqueline L. Landry, Fr. Mark Villano, Dean of Students Dawn Regan, CAP Teachers David Conley, Alexa Constantine, Julie Carson, and all of our CAP student performances.