Waiting Is a Lesson in Advent

The liturgical calendar offers us two seasons of waiting: Advent and Lent. The Advent season of waiting in joyful hope for the birth of our Lord Jesus often gets overlooked in the rush to prepare for Christmas. Children are notoriously impatient (as are many adults), so Advent is a good opportunity to teach the value found in anticipating the big event. We do this by choosing activities that instruct them on the importance of waiting […]

Free Advent Resources

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

Keeping Advent from Getting Lost in the Holiday Shuffle

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 next thing,” rather than taking time to stop and become aware of the blessings and graces our God is trying […]

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