Free Advent Resources

Preparing for Advent

As you know, Advent begins on Sunday, November 30, 2014.

Last year, I created an Advent PowerPoint that was very popular. This presentation includes a script (in Notes Pages view) to assist you in effectively leading your students to a deeper understanding of this wonderful season. When you download the presentation from authorSTREAM, you can sign in with your Facebook account, or you can sign up for authorSTREAM—which is a great way to get some of my other presentations!

Likewise, don’t forget the free Advent Prayer Packet that I’ve put together this year. This packet includes the following:

  • Two fully organized Advent prayer services, one specifically designed as a Penance service.
  • A guided reflection on the name Emmanuel, “God with us.”
  • A family prayer card to encourage families.

And finally, don’t miss the great variety of Advent resources available from Loyola Press.

Let us approach the season of preparation and waiting with anticipation and excitement.

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community of children

This is the second article in a series on the five characteristics of Catholic identity and how we can nurture those in our children. Children often see “church” as a pretty building to which they go to pray. They often are unaware that the Church is first and foremost a community of people. Jesus told […]

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Marian Devotions—Free Poster

Marian Devotions

Our Lady. Blessed Virgin. Queen of Heaven. Madonna. Maria. Mary. The mother of Jesus and the Church is known by many names, which reflect just how revered she is all over the world. The importance of Mary as Mother of God lies not only in that Mary was the woman who gave birth to Jesus, […]

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boy lighting Advent candles

The parish is abuzz with questions already: “Have you started your baking, shopping, planning, list-making, wrapping…?” No sooner has Halloween moved on than we find Christmas bursting onto the scene in every grocery store, department store, catalog, and flyer. It is a cycle that encourages us to be always thinking of and preparing for “the […]

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How to Host Parish Small Faith Groups, Part 2

planning calendar

Today we continue a series here on Catechist’s Journey that will lay out for you the steps to successfully implement small faith groups in your parish with an eye on Lent as a target. I am drawing on the successful experience of St. Barnabas Parish in Chicago, where last year over 200 parishioners gathered in […]

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A New Look at the Phrase “Church Militant”

St. Barnabas Veterans Day Mass

I was impressed by the Mass for Veterans that was celebrated at St. Barnabas parish in Chicago this past Sunday. Military personnel, past and present, from all five branches of the military were invited to participate in a rousing entrance procession complete with flags representing each of their branches. The music, which was splendid, was focused […]

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The Spiritual Life of Catechists, Part 5: Missionary Zeal

enthusiastic woman with megaphone

This is the fifth article in a series about the spiritual life of catechists, inspired by the list of characteristics in the National Directory for Catechesis. Have you ever met someone who was “on fire” for God? When you encounter someone who speaks about faith with contagious enthusiasm, that’s missionary zeal. It’s memorable—and contagious. Zeal […]

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Setting the Tone for Classroom Management with Respect

word respect around a handshake

This post is by Denise Gorss. Denise is Web Editor at Loyola Press and a catechist with 15 years experience, mostly in junior high. She appreciates the gifts of Ignatian spirituality and likes sharing various types of prayer with the young people in her groups. She enjoys seeing the world on pilgrimages and lives in […]

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How to Host Parish Small Faith Groups, Part 1

small faith group

During these past few months, as I’ve begun exploring the world of adult faith formation, I have become convinced that one of the key principles of AFF is that it is most effective when it is relational. In other words, we can’t simply gather adults and talk at them—they need to talk to one another! […]

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