Rejoice! – Advent Mission 2020

Advent is a special season for the Church – it is the time when the world prepares to celebrate anew the coming of Christ. Often, we lose sight of the point of this season because we get caught up in our preparations for Christmas and arrive at Christmas no more transformed than we were at the start of Advent.

This Advent, join us for Rejoice! Advent Mission with the Holy Family to prepare for Jesus’ birth and experience true transformation. We will walk with Mary and Joseph as they prepare to welcome their son, the Savior of the World.

The Rejoice! program includes an inspirational journal and weekly videos to enrich our Advent. We will join author and presenter Fr. Mark Toups, Sr. Miriam Heidland, and Fr. Josh Johnson in these inspirational video presentations.

The program is offered in-person and online. To register, call 570-645-2664, ext. 1 or email The cost is $20 which includes refreshments, a program book, and additional resources.

For in-person, you may register for Tuesday evenings at the Shrine of St. Therese, Madonna Hall from 6:30-7:30 pm on November 24, December 1, 8, 15, and 22. On Wednesdays mornings at the Rev. James J. Burdess Social Hall from 8:30-9:30 am on November 25, December 2, 9, 16, and 23.

For more information on this program, visit

Tune in LIVE on Sundays for the lighting of the Advent Wreath.

This year on Sundays in Advent join Fr. Mark Toups LIVE via Ascension’s YouTube page. We’ll be coming together to share in the beautiful tradition of the Advent wreath to pray, unpack the Sunday Scripture reading, and prepare our hearts for the coming week of Advent.

Each Sunday Father will begin by leading us together in lighting the Advent wreath and praying the prayers found on the backs of the Rejoice! Advent Prayer Cards. We look forward to seeing you there.

  • November 29th 8PM ET – The Blessing of the Advent Wreath and Lighting of the First Candle
  • December 6th 8PM ET – The Lighting of the Second Candle
  • December 13th 8PM ET – The Lighting of the Third Candle
  • December 20th 8PM ET – The Lighting of the Fourth Candle

Virtual Mission Instructions & Links

For the week of November 22-29, please watch the Parish Mission Video below.

Then continue with the four short videos, one for each week of the Advent Mission.

Week 1 – Watch November 30th – December 6th

Week 2 – Watch December 7th   – December 13th

Week 3 – Watch December 13th – December 20th

Week 4 – Watch December 20th – December 25th

If you have a problem with viewing the above videos, please try here: Rejoice! Advent Mission with the Holy Family.

Zoom Meeting Information

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Topic: St. Joseph Parish of the Panther Valley Advent Mission
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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Deacon Joe Cannon via email to or call 570-645-2664 ext. 7.