To enrich your Advent days, we offer you ways to more fully enter into the season!
Our opening song for the season
Our sung prayer after Communion
A blog featuring guest authors, experts in theology, culture, music, art, and spirituality. . . to help you get the most of the Advent season.
Provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on their website. Click on each date, and a door opens to a short opportunity to read, reflect, pray and act. A wonderful daily devotional for Advent!
Weekends in Advent:
Saturday 4 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. ASL interpreted
Sunday 12 Noon in Spanish
Sunday 5 p.m.
Your Manger at Home
A simple but very beautiful Advent custom comes from France where children prepare a manger bed for the Christ Child.
Throughout Advent, for every act of kindness and every sacrificial act, a child places a piece of straw in the manger, so that the infant Jesus will have a soft, warm bed to sleep in on Christmas.
A good time of day for this would be just before the child says his or her prayers at bedtime in order to draw a connection between praying and doing. The empty manger could be set up in a prominent place in your home, with a small supply of straw nearby. The children could add straw as they share the things they have done that day to be kind to others and help those in need. A variation on actual pieces of straw might be to cut up small strips of beige colored paper to serve as the straw, and a child who is old enough could write on the paper how they acted in a Christ-like manner during the day.