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Browse the collection of Advent articles for catechists from the contributors at Catechist’s Journey. Highlights include:

For even more Advent ideas, including the e-mail series Sacred Advent, visit Advent Resources from Loyola Press.

Advent Imagination: Wouldn’t That be Great?

One of my favorite movie quotes is from Breaking Away when Daniel Stern’s character, Cyril, daydreams out loud to his buddies: “You know what I’d like to be?  A cartoon of some kind.  You know, like when they get hit in the head with a frying pan or something, and their head looks like the frying pan, with the handle and everything?  They just go boi-ing—and their head comes back to normal?  Wouldn’t that be […]

Advent: Love is Coming!

Back in the day, 1970 to be exact, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young released a song titled Carry On. In the refrain they sang, Carry on. Love is coming. Love is coming to us all. I thought of this song this past Sunday while at Mass for the First Sunday of Advent. No, my mind wasn t drifting! Actually, quite the reverse. The pastor was delivering a splendid homily about the Gospel’s call for us […]

Welcome Advent! A Prayer Service

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I did! 🙂 Here we are in the First Week of Advent! Hard to believe this great season of joyful anticipation is upon us already. Tonight, we’ll be celebrating an Advent Prayer service with the kids in church. I had the privilege of working with my DRE, Arlene, to put together the prayer service. Here it is: Advent 2010 Prayer Service After the prayer service, […]

When Putting Together a Prayer Service

I was just working with my DRE, Arlene, to put together an Advent Prayer service and it occurred to me that it would be good to share a few resources you might want to check whenever you’re putting together a prayer service. One rule of thumb to follow is to seek to make your prayer service bear a “family resemblance” to the Mass, our central form of prayer. In other words, select elements from the […]

An Advent Examination of Conscience

Tonight, our 8th graders will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the church. Advent is indeed an appropriate time to celebrate this sacrament, making straight the path to the Lord. I found the following examination of conscience which is based on the scripture passage of the Visitation and the Magnificat (Luke 1:39-56) which makes it quite appropriate as an Advent examination of conscience. Advent Examination of Conscience

An Online Advent Calendar and an Advent Calendar with "Bite"

I came across the following online Advent Calendar, provided by St. Margaret Mary Parish in Naperville, Illinois. http://www.smmp.com/Advent/Advent.php Also, here is an unusual version of an Advent Calendar that I located at http://www.buynothingchristmas.org/resources/youth-guide2.html. This can be used to raise awareness about world poverty and the blessings that we take for granted in our own lives. (the poster at left is also available from this site) This is an Advent “calendar” that has a bite to […]

Advent Adventure in Good Deeds

I received the following from Barb G. in an email and am happy to pass it along…some nice ideas. Thanks Barb! Advent Adventure in Good Deeds Advent is a season of preparing our hearts to be more and more like Jesus, the light of the world.  Invite your young people to let the light of Jesus shine through them. Challenge them to reach out to others by taking an “Advent Adventure in Good Deeds” and […]

An Advent Retreat!

Here’s another opportunity for you to find enrichment during this wonderful Advent season. Loyola Press is hosting an Advent retreat on the Days of Deepening Frienship Web site. The retreat features a new Advent article each week written by some pretty talented authors! November 30: James Martin, SJ, shares tips on going from the secular to the spiritual in our Christmas preparations and celebrations. December 7:  Liz Kelly will share some insight on Advent rituals […]

An Evening of HOPE

Last evening’s class went very nicely. I was especially grateful for the very relaxed rapport that the 8th graders seem to have developed with me. They are upbeat and pleasant, smiling and talking with one another and with me. They genuinely seem to enjoy being there and we seem to be very comfortable with each other. With Advent, beginning, our focus was on the theme of HOPE. Because of the good vibes, we were able […]

A Light Shines in the Darkness

Happy Advent! I hope that your Thanksgiving weekend was an opportunity to enjoy family, friends, and some recreation and renewal! Well, it’s back to “work” for me tonight, wrapping up the short unit on Church history. Here’s my plan: As the kids enter, I’ll give them pages from daily newspapers and set them to work finding examples of “bad news.” Each of the kids will share their examples of bad news stories with the group and I’ll talk […]

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