Advent & Lent

 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. So all the generations, from Abraham to David, are fourteen generations. And from David to the transmigration of Babylon, are fourteen generations: and from the transmigration of Babylon to Christ are fourteen generations. Now the generation of Christ was in this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost.

~Matthew 1:16-18

And he was in the desert forty days and forty nights, and was tempted by Satan; and he was with beasts, and the angels ministered to him.

~Mark 1:13

For this reason the Church, especially during Advent and Lent and above all at the Easter Vigil, re-reads and re-lives the great events of salvation history in the "today" of her liturgy. But this also demands that catechesis help the faithful to open themselves to this spiritual understanding of the economy of salvation as the Church's liturgy reveals it and enables us to live it.

~Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 1095



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: More Than A Chocolate Calendar

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?

Advent & Christmas MUSIC PLAYLIST -

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


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 Reflections

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.

Catholic Icing

Advent and Christmas Crafts and Activities for Kids

Many awesome and free, printable resources. Some available for purchase.

A Catholic view of the end times (second advent)

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.

Come to Christ -

Free Advent video series: A short video is sent to you by email each week of Advent geared toward helping you keep Christ in Christmas.

Daily Scripture Readings for Advent -

A list of daily scripture readings for the season of Advent.

FormedAdvent Reflections for Adults & Children

This Advent, enrich your daily prayer by walking with Dr. Tim Gray on a journey of renewal. Ready your heart for the coming of Christ.
Want to include the whole family?
Add children’s reflections to your daily reflection email! Herald Entertainment’s beloved Brother Francis will help your children prepare for Christmas with joyful songs and valuable lessons.

The Bible and the Virgin Mary Bible Study

Free during Advent!

Prepare for Christmas by growing in your love of Christ through Mary. Sign up with your email address for their free Advent streaming of The Bible and the Virgin Mary. The streaming schedule is available on the sign up page. You may choose to order the participant workbook at an extra cost to get the most out of this amazing study!

St. Paul Center - Advent Calendar

Spend Advent preparing for Christ with incredible resources
The St. Paul Center is offering this “Advent Calendar” of daily deals to help you stay focused on the real reason for Christmas. Don’t miss a deal! Check in each day or subscribe to get reminders as each offer is revealed.

Sunday Advent Reflections by Jeff Cavins

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. 

What is the Season of Advent? -

A great informational webpage about Advent. Topics include: Advent History, Information, Prayers, Resources, Traditions, Video, & More

A Franciscan Advent!

Join the friars for a Franciscan Advent!  Receive a daily friar video, a Scripture passage, and a message of faith from Diane M. Houdek's new book, Simple Gifts: Daily Reflections for Advent

More Advent Resources from Franciscan Media

Was Christ Born on December 25? Yes!

Dr. Taylor Marshall - from 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.


40 Faith-Building Lenten Activities

Jocelyne's Resource-of-the-Month, March 2019
Catholic Sprouts has compiled a list of 40 Lenten activities for families. There are some great ideas here for educational faith-building activities that children will love!

Catholic Sprouts Podcast for Children

A short (less than 10 mins), daily podcast for children. Listen with your child for Lent. Search for this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Sticher or Youtube. The link to the podcast website is below.

Ashes to Palms -

"The Ashes to Palms Lenten Video Series is a new way of experiencing the journey of Lent. Through engaging, relevant, and beautiful videos, Catholic Lay Evangelist, Patrick Sullivan calls on every Christian to see the season with a new sense of hope."
Each video only takes a minute or two. Sign up to receive them by email.


Join Dynamic Catholic for their FREE Best Lent Ever 2019 email program. You will receive daily emails with inspirational videos and reflections that will help guide you on an incredible journey toward the-best-version-of-yourself. From Ash Wednesday to Easter, you’ll discover ways to transform your life in forty days.


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 lenten Gospel reflection each day during Lent.

Catholic Icing - Lenten Activities for Children

Printable resources. Some available free of charge and some available for purchase.

Easter/Lent -

Informational videos and explanations on the various traditions and special days that make up Lent and Easter. 

Formed  -  Journey through Lent with Dr. Tim Gray

Set yourself up for a transformative 40 days with FORMED Lenten Reflections. Get daily videos from esteemed Scripture expert Dr. Tim Gray delivered right to your inbox. Don’t miss a day of growing closer to our Lord.

Lenten Calendar for Children - The Kid's Bulletin 

This PDF booklet was created by a Canadian. It includes daily Lenten reflections or activities (mortification, prayer or other way to grow in virtue) for children. An awesome, free resource for kids!


Beginning Ash Wednesday, March 6th, and continuing every day until Easter Sunday, April 21st, our Lenten Journey with the Saints Gracelines will feature beautiful reflections from some of our most beloved Catholic saints to help you to prepare for Lent and Easter and to grow closer to Our Lord and His Mother.

A Lenten Journey with Mary - Women of Grace

The Daily Gracelines Lenten Journey with Mary program, "In the School of Mary," begins Ash Wednesday, February 14, and continues every day through Easter Sunday, April 1. Each day you will receive short inspirational reflections to help you to enter into the desert of Lent, a place of retreat where, like Our Lord, you may be readied for the mission that God has entrusted to you and a deepening awareness of Mary's maternal intercession as your spiritual mother.

Holy Week - Loyola Press

An excellent list of resources to make your Holy Week extra special, including devotions, 3-Minute Retreats, crafts and activities for families, and articles to read.

Online Video Bible Study - St. Paul Center

Free only during Lent! 

Andy's Resource-of-the-Month, March 2019
The Saint Paul Center is offering free online streaming of  their brand new study,"Genesis to Jesus" this Lent. Register for free access to the study and beginning on March 6 (Ash Wednesday) they will notify you each week when new lessons are available. Your email address gives you access to each new video, and allows you to receive reminders to watch.

Genesis to Jesus Bible Study Facebook Group

Join and go through the Bible study with the online group!

Preparing for Lent - Father Mike Schmitz

Jocelyne's Resource-of-the-Month, February 2018
"In this short video, Fr. Mike explains how prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are the three pillars of a spiritually fruitful Lent. He then challenges us to try new ways to exercise these Lenten practices, sharing several simple strategies for drawing closer to God during this holy season."

The Significance of Ash Wednesday - Father Mike

If you want to start off your Lent with a reminder of Ash Wednesday’s deeper meaning, listen to Fr. Mike’s heartfelt words in this video.

Stations of the Cross -

A list of resources complied by 

What is Lent & the Lenten Season? - CHURCHYEAR.NET

A great informational webpage about Lent. Topics include: Lent History, Customs, Prayers, FAQ, Traditions, & More