Check out a few online resources to help you, your family and your community journey through the season of Advent.
Archdiocese of Chicago
Catholic Relief Services
CRS Gift of Hope Catalog
“Gift of Hope” catalog: https://gifts.crs.org/?_ga=2.9109878.2141558658.1541430138-1183567694.1535116981
Families or communities can purchase a symbolic animal or other life-saving gift. It covers a wide range of CRS programs around the world- Health, Education, Clean Water, Emergencies- and your donation is directed toward that specific program. The Gift of Hope catalog is also available as “ornament cutouts” for parishes who have an annual Giving Tree – available in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF).
CRS Advent Calendar
During such a busy time of year, it can be difficult to stay focused on the reason for the season and find time to reflect and pray. The CRS Advent calendar (Link) offers brief daily inspiration with quotes and images to help you take time throughout Advent to reflect and prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Sign up for reminders for the CRS Advent calendar, and check back each day throughout Advent for a new reflection.
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)
Find reflections and stories that will inspire you during this Christmas season. (Link)
Catholic Health Association (CHA)
Sunday, December 2, 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.