Advent

***Suggested Age Range - Our suggestion of an age range for which the resources are best suited. This is just a suggestion to help you in your planning.***

ADF International - Praying Together for Persecuted Christians

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult

ADF International is inviting us to pray for all persecuted Christians this Advent. Sign up for free updates on their work, including prayers.

Advent Mission: The Fulfillment Of All Desire - Webinar Series

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
From the website: This LIVE, online Advent Mission will help you build a solid foundation for the spiritual journey! Each Sunday in Advent, from 8-9 p.m. ET, Dr. Ralph Martin will teach and answer questions on the first stages of the spiritual journey, as found in his book The Fulfillment of All Desire.

This Advent Mission is for everyone! Ensure your foundations are still strong, or discover the basic decisions and practices necessary to make further progress in the spiritual life!

Registration is FREE, but required and there is a viewership limit, so register soon and log in early on each day of the event to ensure access to the live feed and ability to participate in the Q&A sessions!

ADVENT JOURNEY WITH MARY - WOMEN OF GRACE

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
The Daily Gracelines, "Advent Journey with Mary" program is a free daily reflection that will help you to prepare for Christmas and grow closer to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Her Son, Jesus. Beginning the first Sunday of Advent, December 3rd and continuing every day until December 31st, you will receive short inspirational reflections to help you to wait, watch, and prepare for the coming of the Christ Child whose life and death bring us eternal salvation.

Advent Made Simple

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
Franciscan University’s Advent Made Simple website can help stir our hearts to greater devotion throughout the Advent season. The site includes inspirational videos, blogs, quizzes, music, and many other resources. Please drop by every Sunday to receive ongoing insights and encouragement so your Advent truly becomes a time of deeper faith and greater love for Jesus and for others. You can also sign up for weekly email updates during Advent.

Advent: More Than A Chocolate Calendar

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
A short video presentation by Ascension Presents with Father Mike Schmitz.What does Advent mean to you? A time to put the lights up, gift shop, and eat chocolate? Or is it something more? Fr. Mike says it’s good to prepare ourselves for Christmas during Advent, but ultimately that’s not what the liturgical season is about. Mary, Joseph, and Jesus had to stay in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. Will you use this season to make room for Jesus in your life?

The Advent and Christmas EBook - Catholic Culture

Suggested Age Range: All Ages / Families
The Advent and Christmas ebook volume for the 2020-2021 liturgical year has been released in their ebooks download area. This first volume of the 2020-2021 Liturgical Year series covers all the days of Advent and Christmas, providing a rich set of resources for families to use in living the liturgical year in the domestic church, that is, in their own families. Resources include biographies of the saints to match each feast day, histories of the various celebrations and devotions, descriptions of customs from around the world, prayers, activities and recipes.

Advent & Christmas MUSIC PLAYLIST - FREETRUTH.ca

Suggested Age Range: All Ages
YouTube Music Playlist: A compilation of our favourite Advent and Christmas music made by us for you to enjoy! 

The Advent Prayer Workshop - Ascension

Jocelyne's Resource-of-the-Month, November 2019
Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
A series of videos meant to prepare our hearts for Advent with an introduction to imaginative prayer.

BEST ADVENT EVER - DYNAMIC CATHOLIC

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
Best Advent Ever is a free email program that will help you prepare for Christmas in a different way. Beginning the first Sunday of Advent and continuing every day until December 26, you’ll receive short inspirational videos, practical tips, or free Christmas music that will help you slow down during the busy Christmas season to focus on what’s really important in life. Sign up today!

Bishop Robert Barron's Daily Advent GospelReflections

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
Free daily email reflections: When you sign up, you can choose to receive the reflections in English or Spanish. Bishop Barron will then send you a new reflection each day during Advent.

Carmelite Online Retreat - Advent 2020


with Blessed Mary of the Incarnation, Madame Acarie

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
Register free of charge for the online retreat for Advent 2020. This year, we embark on a journey of faith in the impossible with the mystic and woman of action, Blessed Mary of the Incarnation, who was the foundress of the Discalced Carmelite nuns in France, better known to many of us as Madame Acarie. Weekly, every Friday of Lent, you will receive an email message with a new point of inspiration for the following week, along with short texts for daily prayer. Sign up by following the link!

Come Lord Jesus: Advent Resources, 2020 - FAMILY IN FEAST AND FERIA

Suggested Age Range: All Ages / Families
A large list of Advent resources for families from Jennifer Gregory Miller.

Catholic Online School -Advent & Christmas

Suggested Age Range: All Ages 

The Catholic Online School is completely free! This bundle of nine classes has been set up to fill your hearts and your minds in preparation for the celebration of the Lord's birth.

Catholic Answers: Day-By-Day Advent Apologetics Free eBook

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
Sign up for the Catholic Answers email newsletter and receive this free ebook!More info from their website: Advent is a time for Family & Friends....And questions about the Faith. Have the answers at your fingertips with this handy eBook...A different apologetics argument for every day of Advent. Get answers to your questions, like: What is Advent?, How can I develop a greater devotion to the Eucharist?, Who is "Mary of Nazareth?, And much more.

Catholic Icing

Suggested Age Range: Families / Elementary-Aged Children (K-Grade 8).
Many awesome and free, printable resources. Some available for purchase.

Advent and Christmas Crafts and Activities for Kids

Advent Wreath Crafts

Jesse Tree - How To and Resources

Includes a how-to guide, printable ornaments, how to draw your own ornaments and more!

Advent Saints- December Feasts Days To Celebrate With Kids

All kinds of activities to celebrate the feasts of Advent...including baking, crafts, how to draw, celebration ideas and more!

The Advent Song for Kids

Inlcudes a video and lyrics.

A Catholic view of the end times (second advent)

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
YouTube Video, Published on Dec 4, 2012: In this talk, Karlo Broussard gives the biblical foundations for the Catholic Church's teaching on the end times and, at the same time, dispels the various myths found within various Christian communities.. There are 2 parts to this talk. They are each about an hour.

Catholic Sprouts Advent Resources

Suggested Age Range: Children (k-Grade 8)
All of these Advent resources were designed by a busy Catholic mother of 5, with the intention of making Advent more fruitful for children and families.

Daily Scripture Readings for Advent - Catholic.org

Suggested Age Range: All Ages
A list of daily scripture readings for the season of Advent.

Drawn2BCreative - Advent Activities for Families

Suggested Age Range: Families / Elementary-Aged Children (K-Grade 8)
Inlcudes Jessie Tree activities, 3-D Printable Advent Wreath, 3-D Printable Advent Calendar Boxes- in 4 display designs, Printable Colouring Pages, Saint Paper Dolls, Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags, O Antiphons - Free Printables, Free 3-D Printable Baby Jesus Ornament, Free Printable Coloring Christmas Cards, and more!

Franciscan Media - Advent with Saint Francis!

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
Description from Franciscan Media: Throughout the season of Advent, we explore the mystery of the Incarnation. In doing so, God raised all of humanity to its divine destiny. For Saint Francis, meditation on this mystery was at the heart of his understanding of God’s love for each of us. We're celebrating Advent, Saint Francis, and his love for this holy season starting November 29!

Frequently Asked Questions about Advent

Formed Daily Advent Reflections - Join the Road to Bethlehem

Suggested Age Range: Choose Children and/or Adult
Draw close to Christ this Advent season with daily reflections and enrichment from FORMED. They’ve personally selected content to help you prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus at Christmas. They will be sending you handpicked videos, talks, and texts every day throughout Advent to nourish your spiritual life.

The Road to Bethlehem includes the following: Daily Advent reflections by Dr. Tim Gray; Brother Francis Advent reflections for kids; Weekly videos, audio talks, and book excerpts related to the theme of the week; Action items designed to help you take the Advent message and apply it to your daily life.

Hallow Prayer App - #Pray25 Challenge

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
Hallow has partnered with Jason Evert to help you deepen your personal relationship with God through audio-guided contemplative prayer this Advent. Start your complimentary 3-month free trial today by clicking on the link.

Holy Heroes

Suggested Age Range: Families / Children Ages 5-12
Holy Heroes provides some great Advent resources for families. Some are available for purchase. Their Advent Adventure is a free daily email subscription that includes videos and printable activities.

Free Jesse Tree Resources

The Immaculate Conception & the New Eve Video Series (Feast: December 8)- Dr. Brant Pitre

For the celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrated on December 8th, Dr. Brant Pitre has created a 5-part video series to help us be better informed about the identity of Mary and where in Scripture we discover the Church's teachings on her role in salvation history. 

Sunday Advent Reflections by Jeff Cavins

Suggested Age Range: Age 7+
Jeff Cavins explains the mass readings for each Sunday in Advent. These readings prepare us for the coming of the Lord at Christmas, as well as his Second Coming at the end of time. In this holy season, Catholics are reminded to prepare our hearts to receive the Lord; so that we will be ready to welcome him not only at Christmas, but at every moment in our lives. Listen to these short video presentations (about 5 minutes) as a family before heading to mass. 

CCCB Weekly Advent Video Reflections

Suggested Age Range: All Ages
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared a video series reflecting on each of the four weeks of Advent.

Look to Him and Be Radiant

Suggested Age Range: Families / Children of All Ages

Awesome resources for families. Check out the list below and visit this great website!

LEGO Nativity Set Instructions

Suggested Age Range: Families / Children of All Ages / Adults?
Got legos? This website has instructions on how to build a nativity set with them!  Even adults may enjoy this one!

Loyola Press - Advent Resources

An awesome collection of free Advent resources in the tradition of Ignatian spirituality. Check out all of the great resources, including: Loyola Press Online Advent Calendar, Journeying with the Magi Advent Retreat, Advent Podcasts, Praying Advent, Advent Examen, Articles and Reflections, and the resources listed below!

Advent Activities for All Ages!

Click on the link for more resources and for activities for specific age groups! Includes: prayers, activities, Advent calendars, books, inspiration, The Jesse Tree.

Small Simple Ways Advent Retreat

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
Join Vinita Hampton Wright for the online Advent retreat “Small Simple Ways to Open Mind, Heart, and Spirit.” New video posts each Monday in December.

Arts & Faith: Advent

Suggested Age Range: Age 10+
Enjoy video commentary about works of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures of Advent. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of preparation through the lens of sacred art. Accompanying blog posts offer reflections on using the art as a means of Ignatian imaginative prayer. Teachers and catechists: Use these videos and related activity suggestions in your faith formation classes.

Advent Weekly Video Reflections

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
Enjoy these video reflections to help you in your spiritual journey.
Week One: Love Is Coming by Joe Paprocki
Week Two: Waiting by Tim Muldoon
Week Three: How Does Hope Shape Us? by Vinita Hampton Wright
Week Four: Mary Receiving Jesus into Her Arms by Becky Eldredge

Advent A to Z E-Mail Series

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
Observe the 26 days of Advent 2020 with Advent A to Z. This special e-mail series will explore seasonal themes following the alphabet for inspiration.

Pop-Up Catechesis: Advent Hope

Suggested Age Range: Families / Age 7+
 This episode of explores the joyful season of Advent.

The Jesse Tree—Free PowerPoint Presentation

Suggested Age Range: Families / All Ages
Each slide in the presentation presents a brief meditation on a Jesse tree figure with a suggested ornament and Scripture citations. 

Pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary with our Family this Advent!

Suggested Age Range: All Ages / Families

Advent is the perfect time to focus your family Rosary on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary! Do you find it difficult to get through a full five decades of the Rosary with your family? If so, we invite you to pray one decade per day with our family! We recommend that you begin by focusing on one Mystery per day. Our Decade per Day Family Rosary videos will guide you and your family through a meditation (in question and answer format) and prayers for each of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. We have also included the link to the entire five decades.

STAINED GLASS WINDOW CRAFT FOR CHRISTMAS AND ADVENT - Kinder craze

Suggested Age Range: Ages 4-10
These purple and pink “stained glass” candles to display in your window are so fun and cute.  This website includes a tutorial and free template, so you can easily create this window craft with the little ones in your home or classroom.

Unshakable Joy

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
BEGINS NOVEMBER 29, 2020: Join Chris Stefanick alongside Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household for Saint Pope John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict, and Pope Francis, for a FREE digital 26-day retreat.

Was Christ Born on December 25? Yes!

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult
Hosted by Dr. Taylor Marshall, founder of the New Saint Thomas Institute: Have you ever wondered about the validity of December 25th as the date of Christ’s birth? Or has someone questioned/challenged you about it? This video by Dr. Taylor Marshall is informative and will provide you with the historical evidence you need to support that Jesus’ birthday is indeed on December 25th.

The Spirituality of Advent with Dr. Tim Gray

Suggested Age Range: Teen-Adult

In this webinar replay, Dr. Tim Gray, President of the Augustine Institute, offers a reflection on the spirituality of the season of Advent, focusing on how we as Catholics need to live the ‘pre-season’ well, so we can be prepared to welcome and receive the greatest gift of peace that God the Father gives us at Christmas: His Son, Jesus.

What is the Season of Advent?

Suggested Age Range: Families / Age 7+
A great informational webpage about Advent. Topics include: Advent History, Information, Prayers, Resources, Traditions, Video, & More