DECEMBER 9, 2018, Vol 68, No 25

Advent is a time of penance, anticipation and joy

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Father Ignatius Yeo

Catholics may find some similarities between the season of Advent and the season of Lent.

For a start, both seasons employ the use of purple vestments, a “rose” Sunday (Gaudete in Advent and Laetare in Lent), and the elimination of the Gloria in Mass – all identifying them as “penitential seasons”.

The seasons in fact lead up to an important Solemnity of the Lord (Christmas and Easter) and that’s the reason why they are “penitential seasons”.
Diana Lee, a volunteer, shares her experiences

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Catholic AIDS Response Effort volunteers and staff (facing camera in black and white tops), together with residents having a singalong session.

Four years ago, at the blissful age of 67, a nagging desire to be a volunteer enveloped me. Whenever I hear a homily, read a spiritual book or watch my Korean TV dramas, my conscience would suddenly come alive, telling me to “do something”. But what was I to do, where, and with whom?