Advent

We prepare for Jesus' coming as a baby in Bethlehem and for his eventual return.

Incarnation: God Among Us

The mystery of the Incarnation describes the awesome reality that God became one of us in order to show us how to live, to re-unite us with Him, and to share in our humanity!

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O Antiphons

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Advent & Christmas • Celebrate Family

Advent and Christmas resources for family faith sharing

Advent & Christmas Social Activities • Gather Us In

Ideas meant to jump-start your own brainstorming for social activities for families. They are tentatively placed according to season, but many would work at different times of the year, particularly in different climates. These are an aid to your ingenuity, not a replacement for it. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

Advent & Christmas Service Activities • Gather Us In

Ideas meant to jump-start your own brainstorming for service activities for families. They are tentatively placed according to season, but many would work at different times of the year, particularly in different climates. These are an aid to your ingenuity, not a replacement for it. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

Advent Wreath-Making Session • Gather Us In

This activity is designed to encourage families to celebrate with Advent wreaths by giving them the opportunity to make them together. It will be necessary to have the families sign up in advance so that you will know how much material you will need. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

Jesse Tree Session • Gather Us In

A Jesse tree is a bare branch that holds symbols of all the people who waited and prepared for the coming of the Messiah. It is this love and preparation that make flowers burst forth from the branch, and this is why a stark branch, rather than an evergreen tree, is used. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

Advent Waiting Ritual • Gather Us In

A ritual focused on the waiting of the Advent season. • By Kathleen O'Connell Chesto

Preparing in Advent • First Steps for Families

Help parents and children explore the meaning of Advent and how we can prepare well for Christmas.

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Advent - The Messiah is Coming • Generations of Faith

Resources focused on Advent - The Messiah is Coming

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Advent - Learning Activities • Generations of Faith

Resources focused on Advent - Learning Activities

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Advent - Justice & Service • Generations of Faith

Resources focused on Advent - Justice & Service

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Advent - Home Activites • Generations of Faith

Resources focused on Advent - Home Activities

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Preparing for Christmas Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival is designed to help households be mindful as they prepare for Christmas by getting hearts and minds focused on the real celebration! • By Jane Angha

Prepare the Way: John the Baptist Faith Festival • Faith Festivals

This Faith Festival is designed to engage participants in the spirit of preparation for the Lord that John the Baptist exemplifies each Advent season. • By Jim Merhaut