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Advent Buddies

Advent Buddies: An Intergenerational Relationship-building Activity OVERVIEW This activity helps young people learn from an older person in the parish and establish a faith relationship with that person. Suggested Time: About 15 minutes for each meeting during Advent Group Size: …

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First Sunday of Advent

Join Catholic Digest as we journey through the Advent season. Catholic Digest has put together five meditative videos beginning with the first Sunday of Advent and culminating with Christmas. Each video is short enough to fit in any day—your lunch break, prayer time or any opportunity you have for personal reflection. These brief videos serve to provide you with an opportunity for reflection; self examination and spiritual direction to guide you through the Advent season.

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Advent Prayer

Prepare the way of the Lord! (Isaiah 40:3, Matthew 3:3) Advent is a time of preparation for the arrival of the Savior. How can we prepare? A few ideas: Set aside more time each day to pray Spend some time with …

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Reason for the Season- Advent

This is the first episode of the new series Reason for the Season. This episode, narrated by an Irish Dominican, will look at the season of Advent and explain, for example, the symbolism of the Advent wreath and the color of the vestments used.

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Advent in 2 Minutes

A quick, two-minute video from Busted Halo that explains why we celebrate Advent and wait to celebrate Christmas.

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Advent: Let God be God . . .

----- Being in the wilderness reminds me to let God be God. When I'm at home In the day to day I forget Sometimes I try to make God mine To make God do things the way I think they …

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Advent: Saint Joseph and Jesus

1. Gather the group in a circle for a moment of silence. Light the candle and read these passages about Joseph in the Gospel of Matthew (1:18-21 and 2:13-15). Ask the group to sit quietly for a moment and ponder …

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Isaiah: The Peaceable Kingdom Is Coming!

This handout offers a brief look at the use of Isaiah’s visions of the kingdom during Advent.

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Chapter 8 Activities

Activities for Chapter 8 Jesus Christ: True God and True Man, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Keeping Advent

First featured in the Inspire! Advent bonus digital edition (To download or print this article, click the >> symbol at the top right corner of the window) Add inspiration to those who you serve with all year long. Subscribe to Inspire! and get 3 issues …

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The Liturgical Year

Learning Experience: The Liturgical Year (20 minutes) On a chalkboard or sheet of newsprint, draw six horizontal lines. Tell the group members that each line represents one of the Church seasons. Invite them to name the major seasons of the …

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Project Overview

This assignment is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for reflection papers regarding three different liturgical celebrations.

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The Liturgical Year

A research assignment on the Liturgical Year: unfolding the Paschal Mystery.

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2016 Advent Prayer Calendar for The Catholic Youth Prayer Book, Second Edition

A prayer calendar for the season of Advent, 2016.

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"Come, Lord Jesus" Advent Prayer

First featured in the Inspire! Advent bonus digital edition (To download or print this prayer service, click the >> symbol at the top right corner of the window) Add inspiration to those who you serve with all year long. Subscribe to Inspire! and get 3 …

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Teaching the Rite Way

Mix a little ancient Chinese with some fifth century Latin and you have "the rite thing" for teaching sacraments. Let me explain. I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand. --Ancient Chinese proverb …

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Sacred Time: The Liturgical Calendar

A worksheet where students are asked to fill in information on the liturgical calendar.

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Vocabulary for Unit 1

Vocabulary terms for Unit 1 of "The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ."

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Inspire! Advent Bonus Digital Edition

(To download or print this special, digital-only issue of Inspire!, click the >> symbol at the top right corner of the window) Add inspiration to those who you serve with all year long. Subscribe to Inspire! and get 3 issues (Winter, …

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Using the Lectionary to Understand How God’s Ancient Promises Are Fulfilled in Jesus

An activity that uses the Lectionary to understand how God’s ancient promises are fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

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Where is now thy God? Reflections on Psalm 42:7-10

Where do we find God today? How are we to understand such happenings? Some might respond by saying that everything happens for a reason. I don't buy that. Some might respond by saying that it is all part of God's …

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Handout: Liturgical Year Match

Column 1 lists the holy days of obligation and several other feast days of the Liturgical Year. Column 2 lists the dates on which those feasts are celebrated. The task of each group is to match the holy day or …

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Sunday Lectionary Readings: God’s Ongoing Story of Love for Humanity

A group assignment on several sets of Sunday Lectionary readings.