Advent is a truly joyous time of year. We spend more time with friends and family, do more fun baking in the kitchen, attend parties, and listen to Christmas music.

While all these things are good, Advent is first and foremost a liturgical season that marks a time of preparation, penance, waiting, and expectation of the world's Messiah as first promised in the Old Testament. Through Advent we relive the darkness in which the world waited before the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, just as we now wait for His return at the end of the age.

When we welcome the birth of Christ each December 25th, we are also newly welcoming him into our hearts as we experience deeper spiritual conversion.

~The Catholic Company

Advent Reconciliation

Sacrament of Reconciliation Advent 2020 - OLPH Parish

Fr Martin will have additional Advent Reconciliation hours on Friday, December 2nd from 10AM - 1PM and Wednesday, December 21st from 5PM - 7PM. Reconciliation is also available Tuesday-Friday at 9:00AM following daily Mass or by appointment. To make an appointment for reconciliation call the office at 343-4248. Give yourself the gift of absolution this Christmas. Enjoy the peace of Gods loving mercy and grace.



St. John the Baptist | Praying In Adoration | Mount Vernon - Lisbon, IA

Wednesday, December 14th 7-8:30PM. This is an evening of learning and experience for our confirmation candidates, their sponsors, and their families. We open this evening up to the entire Parish community. Come learn about this devotion and worship of Jesus Christ, truly present in body, blood, soul, and divinity, under the appearance of the consecrated host. Experience and enjoy the presence of Jesus in the exposed eucharistic bread following a brief lesson. For questions or information contact the office at 343-4248.


Our Divine Savior Nativity Exhibition

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There will be a Nativity Exhibition at ODS the weekend of December 17th - 18th. Do you have a special Nativity Creche that you would like to display? There will be sign up sheets at the entrance of church. You can also register to participate by clicking the link below. We are so happy to make this an annual event. What a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty and glory of Christmas. Volunteers will be needed to help out during the exhibition, so check out the times needed on the hand out sheets.

Nativity Exhibition Registration Form


Las Posadas Celebration

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Join us in the social hall for a traditional Las Posadas celebration following the 5PM Mass on Saturday, December 17th. Prayer, food, fellowship and pinata. This event will coincide with the Saturday Nativity Exhibition. Join us for an evening of food and fun.


Christmas Eve Gospel Dramatization

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We need little angels and shepherds to help us with our Children’s Christmas Eve Gospel dramatization! If your child is 4+ and interested in participating in the 4PM Christmas Eve Mass, email the office of Religious Education no later than December 16th at [email protected] Costumes are minimal and available to borrow. All participants must be able to attend a mandatory dress rehearsal on Dec. 21st at 6pm in the Social Hall. We are so excited for your involvement; hope to see you there!


Our Divine Savior Baby Shower for the Infant Jesus

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Check out the board outside of church with tags to purchase baby items and gift cards for clients at the Women's Resource Clinic. If you are able, please take a tag to help ODS support these women and families in need. 


Christmas Pointsettia's

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Help us decorate our church this Christmas with a donaton to purchase a Christmas Poinseta for you or your loved ones. Intentons for these Poinseta can be in memory of, in honor of or in thanksgiving. You will fll out an envelope found on a specially marked “board”. State your wishes/names on the envelope and, at Christmas, the Poinsetas will be displayed in the Sanctuary. Intentons will be included in the Prayer of the Faith during Christmas season. Your Christmas Poinseta donatons are only $15. There are a limited number of them available so be sure to pick one up soon.


The Pray More Advent Retreat

2020 Advent Retreat

Inspiring talks to help you grow closer to Christ this Advent Season! The Retreat is self-paced. This means that you can participate wherever you are and whenever you have the time. It’s like a do-it-yourself retreat, but you’re not doing alone — we’re doing it with you! We hope you’ll join us.

To register click on the link:



Other Prayers and Resources

Advent Wreath Prayers

Christmas Tree Blessing

Blessing of a Chrismas Manger or Nativity Scene

USCCB Advent Resources

Avoiding Sleep and Being Alert to Jesus' Comings In Advent