Winter Seasonal Spotlight

The Winter season features resources focused on the events of parish life that occur during the months of December, January, and February, including Advent and Christmas seasons. For the topics listed below you will find intergenerational programs, peer learning sessions, home activities, and ideas for the individual to live his or her faith in the wider community.

Faith Themes

Advent

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

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Christmas Season

We celebrate Christ's birth—the incarnation—so that God could be with us in a more intimate way.

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Epiphany

Christ is made known to all the nations, as the magi visit and offer their gifts.

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Holy Family

We learn from Jesus' family—the examples of Mary and Joseph—how to be holy ourselves.

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O Antiphons

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

The themes of Our Lady of Guadalupe—unity of all humankind, dignity for all God's children, hope for a better life, love and support from God and our Blessed Mother—are all embodied in this brown-skinned woman.

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Faith Festivals

December Faith Festivals • Faith Festivals

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February Faith Festivals • Faith Festivals

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January Faith Festivals • Faith Festivals

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FamilyFaith@Home

Winter FamilyFaith@Home

These resources are designed to help families engage in shared prayer, faith sharing, service and reflection about justice together for the Advent and Christmas seasons.

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Weekly Justice Challenges

2020-21 Winter Weekly Justice Challenges

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First Steps for Families

February First Steps for Families • First Steps for Families

These are all the resources for First Steps for Families for the month of February.

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January First Steps for Families • First Steps for Families

These are all the resources for First Steps for Families for the month of January.

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March First Steps for Families • First Steps for Families

These are all the resources for First Steps for Families for the month of March.

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Celebrate Family

Advent & Christmas • Celebrate Family

Advent and Christmas resources for family faith sharing

Winter • Celebrate Family

Family faith sharing resources for the months of January and February, including Mardi Gras

Gather Us In

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 & 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 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

Winter & Lenten 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

Winter & Lenten 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