Advent - Prepare

Advent - Prepare

The Christ Child Becomes One with Us

Are you ready to bring Jesus home to your house... He will be coming soon! Are you ready?

 

During Advent, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, we invite you to experience FORMED - an online Catholic resource for listening, watching, and reading on a variety of Catholic topics. Listed below are resources we encourage you and your family to use this Advent season for prayer and reflection.

To use FORMED, create your own account through the parish on Formed.org (use your email address and information). Click on each picture below to be taken directly to the resource found on FORMED.


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Suggested Ideas and Resources

Daily and Weekly Video Resource

Opening the Word - Each week, we encourage you to watch Opening the Word, a 5 minute video to help you journey through the Sunday Readings with prayer insights.

Advent Reflections - Subscribe to daily emails with Dr. Tim Gray for a short inspiring video, passage of Scripture, and reflection on how you can prepare for Christ's coming.

Daily ResourceBegin the practice of Daily Devotional Reading

Come, Lord Jesus: Meditations on the Art of Waiting - Use this ebook for daily Advent reflections written by Mother Mary Francis, the abbess of a Poor Clare monastery, to focus your attention on the coming of Jesus into our lives. 

Advent of the Hearth - Written by Fr. Alfred Delp, S.J., a heroic German Jesuit priest, imprissoned and martyred by the Nazis. Use this ebook to not just prepare for Christmas, but to create a way of life.

Celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas

Nicholas: The Boy who Became Santa - Watch this movie as a family to learn the true story of St Nicholas, the real man who bacame the figure Santa.

 

Encourage your children to place a shoe in the entryway before going to bed - the movie will explain why!

Weekly Family Movie Night - choose from these great movies to experience more of the Advent story

Mary of Nazareth - Mary of Nazareth is on life of Mary, Mother of Christ, from her childhood through the Resurrection of Jesus.  The essence of Mary’s profound faith and trust in God amidst the great mysteries that she lived with as the Mother of the Messiah, as well as her compassionate humanity and concern for others, and the deep love that she and Jesus shared for one another is highlighted

The Story of the Nativity - The story of the birth of Jesus is often misunderstood. But this fast-paced, thought-provoking look at the true story of the Nativity clears away widespread misunderstandings of Jesus’ origin. Join top scholars, inspirational speakers, and popular authors as they explain the story behind the story of the birth of Jesus. 

Brother Francis: O Holy Night (cartoon) - Celebrate the wonder and joy of Christmas with Brother Francis in this heartwarming presentation of the birth of God’s Son! Witness the moving submission of Mary, Joseph, and others as they make way for our Savior. Great for preschool and elementary age.

Hildegard's Gift (cartoon) - Hildegard's Gift was not wrapped in shimmering paper and tied with gold ribbons. It was not a special package left under a beautiful, fragrant Christmas tree by old St. Nicholas. Hildegard's Gift was much more special than that. It took a lifetime for Hildegard to understand her gift completely, but when she finally did, she changed her entire world. Great for preschool and younger elementary.

Bless Your Christmas Tree

Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree - Read along to the animated storybook Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree and recite a blessing for your own Christmas Tree.