Advent Retreat

sheet musicHeaven and Nature Sing: Exploring the Spirituality of Popular Christmas Carols
An Advent Retreat led by Fr. Michael Renninger

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the choirs of heaven responded by singing "Glory to God in the Highest." For the past 2000 years, the celebration of Christmas has been enriched by the singing of carols, hymns, and popular songs. At this time of year, we sing familiar tunes such as "Silent Night," O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Angels we have Heard on High," and "We Three Kings," but have you ever stopped to think about how these songs help us to understand the Biblical story of Christ's birth?

Join with Fr. Michael Renninger for a time of Advent Reflection, as we explore the history of some popular carols and the connection between these songs and the Scriptures. We will also explore some 'secular' Christmas songs such as "White Christmas" and "Blue Christmas" to see how their lyrics relate to the Christian message. As we study (and sing!) these songs, we will discuss how these familiar songs can lead us deeper into the spiritual mystery of the birth of Christ. Join us!

Fr. Mike’s presentation will be held in the Upper Commons on

Thursday, November 30th from 7-8:45 pm and repeated on
Friday, December 1st from 10 a.m.-11:45 am.

There is no cost for the Advent Reflection, but please let us know which session you will be attending using the form below.

Advent Retreat Registration