Evangelization & Missionary Discipleship

Advent Christmas


Check out a few online resources to help you, your family and your community journey through the season of Advent.

Archdiocese of Chicago

  • Our Advent/Christmas Seasons Staff Prayer Resource was designed for prayer and faith sharing before a meeting or gathering through the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Ordinary time just before Lent. Primarily designed for parish teams, this resource can be used by groups, committees, or teams who work together and want to spend extra time in prayer before the “business of the day” commences. (PDF)

  • Liturgical Resource for Advent and Christmas. (English) (Spanish)

  • Calendar Notes for Advent and Christmas 2017. (PDF)

  • Our Immigration Ministry offers reflections for all weeks of Advent. (PDF)

Chicago Catholic

Father Donald Senior’s reflections for the First Sunday of Advent. (Link)

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

The USCCB site offers an online interactive Advent calendar, an Advent Wreath, Christmas tree and Nativity Scene blessings, prayer resources, “O Antiphons” and Bilingual Advent Calendars for the family. (Link)

Creighton University Free Online Resources

This page offers a variety of Advent resources, including bulletin resources, prayers, reflections, audio and videos resources, etc. (Link)

Dynamic Catholic: Best Advent Ever

Sign-up for their Advent season daily e-mails and videos. In addition to the personal journey, you will find resources for your parish – a guide, bulletin inserts, posters, etc. For more information visit: dynamiccatholic.com/best-advent-ever

Ignatian Spirituality Resources:

Enjoy Ignatian contemplation and reflective resources for the season of Advent, including video reflections, sign-up for daily e-mail reflections, online Advent calendar, podcasts, Advent examen, and articles: ignatianspirituality.com/advent

Loyola Press Resources

Check out activities, prayers, articles to help you in your ministry or personally. (Link)

Catholic Apostolate Center

Christmas is the "most wonderful time of the year”: trees are trimmed, presents wrapped, and the chilly air signals the coming season of festive warmth. But did you know we're not really ready for Christmas without first observing a "little Lent?" This webinar looks at ways to “deck the halls” of our hearts - and prepare our bodies and our homes - for the birth of Christ by preparing for Him in the season of Advent.

Read more: catholicapostolatecenter.org/advent-resources

Franciscan Media

A digital Advent reflection book. (Link)

Catholic Health Association (CHA)

Sunday, December 3, marks the beginning of the liturgical year and the season of Advent. To help Catholic health care organizations celebrate this important time, CHA has produced a reflection for each week of Advent as well as a Christmas reflection. We hope they are sources of comfort, joy and inspiration to be shared with others in your ministry. 

Read more: chausa.org/prayers/videos-podcasts/advent-podcasts



Daughters of Charity
Online Advent Retreat
December 10-14, 2017

Meet with a sister via Skype or phone to reflect on the Advent season and ask questions about discerning religious life. Walk through tools and materials with a retreat director and pray with us. We’re here to meet you where you are, on your time! Open to single Catholic women ages 18-40. For more information, contact Sister Virginia Ann Brooks, D.C. at sistervirginiaann.brooks@doc.org or 812.963.7559. Register online at called2.be/AdventR17.

An Advent retreat for Young Adults (PDF)



Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J.M. Nouwen: Daily Scripture and Prayers together with Nouwen's Own Words.
The inspiring words of Henri J. M. Nouwen guide the faithful on a spiritual journey through the Advent and Christmas season in this book of waiting, hope, anticipation, and celebration. Each day of the Advent season (28 in all, to accommodate the varying number of days in the season) and each day of Christmas (12 in all, ending with Jesus' baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist) contain a pertinent excerpt from the writings of Father Nouwen, a related quotation from Scripture, a prayer for the day, and a suggested activity that offers a concrete response to mark the season. (Link)



Sacred Space for Advent and the Christmas Season 2016-2017
Sacred Space—Advent invites readers to develop a closer relationship with God during this season of preparation and anticipation. What we know and trust about the Sacred Space online prayer experience is now available in a compact, portable print format to heighten our Advent prayer practice in a way that is accessible, engaging, and meaningful to daily life. (Link)






When God Comes Down: An Advent Study for Adults.
‘When God Comes Down’ is a five-week study, providing one lesson for each week of Advent and one for Christmas. Each lesson includes a key Scripture, a brief reflection, discussion/reflection questions, a brief prayer, and a focus for the coming week. In this study, Harnish explores the meaning of the incarnation…God with us in human flesh. (Link)