Ministry Ideas for Celebrating Advent and Christmas with Teens, Families, and Parishes

By Marilyn Kielbasa and Janet Claussen

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For many people, the secular preparation time for Christmas takes precedence over the spiritual meaning of the season. Once Christmas arrives, the spiritual significance is lost amid the boxes and ribbons. Most Catholics don't realize that the season extends all the way through Epiphany to the Baptism of Our Lord.

For the seven weeks of Advent and Christmas, our collective psyches are caught between the magic of the holidays and the mystery of the Incarnation. Ministry Ideas for Celebrating Advent and Christmas with Teens, Families, and Parishes addresses that magic and mystery. It is designed to help teens, their families, and parishes acknowledge the mixed messages of the season while making it a meaningful time for remembering who we are and whose we are. Ministry Ideas for Celebrating Advent and Christmas with Teens, Families, and Parishes provides strategies and ideas for greater understanding of, participation in, and celebration of the liturgical seasons of Advent and Christmas.

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Copyright: Jan. 1, 2005

Format: Paperback

Size: 8.5 x 11

Length: 96 pages

ISBN: 978-0-88489-861-0

ISBN-10: 0-88489-861-X

editorial reviews

Momentum, September/October, 2006

For any high school teacher, catechist, or youth minister, Ministry Ideas for Celebrating Advent and Christmas with Teens, Families, and Parishes is a must-have book. . . .

It is obvious that Janet Claussen and Marilyn Kielbasa are sharing from rich and practical experience.

Catholic Library World, March, 2006

Ministry Ideas is a book of well thought-out and clearly presented ideas. The focus is on distracting young people from the glitter and secularism that surround the pre-Christmas season as well as the holiday and post-holiday season, and turning their thoughts to this time as a period of preparation for the Lord. It presents practical and appealing activities to use with youth groups in school, religious education, parish, and family settings. . . .

This idea book is highly recommended because of its ease of use and much-needed focus on the family's preparation for Christmas. Parish libraries and religious education departments will especially wish to have at least one copy.