Our Advent journey begins with the words of the Prophet Isaiah, “Oh house of Jacob come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!” (Is 2:5) and with the words of our Lord in the Gospel “Stay awake!”. Advent is a time of holy longing, of joy-filled expectation of the coming our Savior … both He who was, He who is, and He who shall be.
To make our time of Advent preparations fruitful, the staff of Holy Family invite you to look into the following online resources to make this your best Advent ever! We also invite you to see below how the staff of Holy Family prepare their homes and their families for the coming of the Christ child. Together, may we walk in the light of our Lord this Advent!
The USCCB (United State Council of Catholic Bishops) provide a wonderful online Advent calendar and the readings for the day, along with suggestions for your family. Catholic Relief Services also provide a number of ways in which we can incorporate the poor and the suffering in our Advent journey.
DynamicCatholic.com (home of renowned Catholic speaker Matthew Kelley) offers “Best Advent Ever,” a daily email subscription that draws us all into the spirit of the season, as well as many inspirational videos and resources to guide us on the way.
Liturgical Publications Inc. (our parish bulletin provider) provides a daily email that runs all throughout the season of Advent. “This Advent season prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth through prayer and reflection. Sign up today to receive a daily Advent Reflection Email beginning Sunday, November 27, and ending Sunday, December 25.”
There are a number of religious orders and spiritual websites that offer special Advent reflections. Check out http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/advent for many resources, including daily reading reflections, an Advent examination of conscience, and weekly video reflections. Also, Creighton University, a Jesuit college in Omaha, Nebraska, provides a host of online reflections at http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent.
A good way for to involve our 5-12 yr old children in our Advent journey can be found at Holy Heroes. Here you can sign up for a daily Advent reflection or activity as well.
Finally, if you’re looking for a catholic-styled gift for that special someone on your Christmas shopping list, be sure to check out the annual National Catholic Register’s annual Christmas Gift guide … it’s full of lots new gift ideas for 2016! And don’t forget to support our local Catholic book and religious goods stores in the area:
- Cathedral Book & Gift, Green Bay
- St. Patrick’s Bookstore, Appleton (mention Holy Family to earn a donation to our school or youth ministry)
- On This Rock Christian Books & Gifts, Oshkosh
“The season of Advent is a very busy time in the life the parish, but to personally prepare myself for the coming of Christ I enjoy taking my Nativity set out at the beginning and only adding a piece or two at a time … first, just the manger, then a week later, have Joseph and Mary somewhere in the home, making their way (much like from Nazareth to Bethlehem) and move them closer each day … and add pieces throughout the season.” “I also found an easy way to make an Advent wreath to use for my own Morning and Evening prayer each day is to find a Glade candle in the Advent wreath colors – three in purple, one in pink – and wrap them in evergreen garland, then lighting them accordingly throughout the weeks.” Fr Timothy Brandt