Evangelization & Missionary Discipleship

Advent Christmas

Español: Reflexiones para la temporada Polski: Rozważania adwentowe

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

Archdiocese of Chicago

  • Calendar Notes for Advent and Christmas 2018 available in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF)

  • Advent Reflections 2018 available in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF).

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)

Franciscan Media

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. 

Read more: https://www.chausa.org/prayers/video-audio-reflections/advent-reflections

Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions

The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions offers A Liturgy Preparation Aid for the Seasons of Advent and Christmas. Available in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF)

Advent and Christmas Prayer Resource

Meeting Jesus (English) (Spanish) (Polish)

RECOMMENDED BOOKS FROM AMAZON.COM

 

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)

 

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)