Friday, December 01, 2006

Advent: links for celebrating and catechizing

Here are some links from the web that might help you celebrate and teach about this wonderful season...


The history of Advent:

Try making a Jesse tree in your class:

From (Advent index)

From (includes Advent crossword, Advent bingo, Jesse Tree, etc.)

From (Mass worksheets for Advent) [scroll down]

Extend your lessons by putting on a play based on the Sunday Gospel (these could even be used for a Christmas pageant) [PDF file]:

Advent resources from Finding God site (Loyola Press)

Animated Advent Calendar on Poverty (from US Bishops website, Catholic Campaign for Human Development)

CATHOLIC TRADITIONS (for families… and classroom):

Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas:

History of the Advent wreath

The “O” Antiphons

Advent prayers and devotions

A song with “hidden meanings” teaches the Catholic Faith:
The symbolism of “The Twelve Days of Christmas


Meet the saints of December! (St. Nicholas, Juan Diego, Our Lady of Guadalupe, etc.)

The premier Our Lady of Guadalupe site (or so I am told)

Meet the real St. Nick!

A new Public Television documentary on artistic images of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(to air on Dec. 24 @ 1:00pm in Iowa):


Scriptural reflections for the First Sunday of Advent


“Christmas, Christians, and Christ” by Fr. Frank Pavone

“Advent Dynamism”

Reviews of the new movie The Nativity Story:

From Catholic Exchange:

From US Bishops Conference:

But does the film portray Mary from a Protestant perspective?

From American Papist:


Ancient Catholic customs can control Christmas materialism (This Rock magazine)

Will Christ Soon Return? (This Rock) PART I

Will Christ Soon Return? (This Rock) PART II

Listen to some beautiful Advent music from the Vatican website:


A cyber-retreat for Advent

An opening and closing prayer for Advent

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