Advent Resources

Are you looking for ways to journey through Advent that will prepare you for Christmas? In year’s past, have you wound up at Christmas and wondered where in the world Advent has gone? Here are some resources to help you with your journey through Advent this year.

Advent Family Prayer           
God of Love,
Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us.
He is a sign of your love.
Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent,
As we wait and prepare for his coming.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior.

Blessing of the Advent Wreath
Advent Activities, Customs & Traditions
Prayers for Advent – Advent & Christmas Season
USCCB Advent Resources (United States Council of Catholic Bishops)
Blessing the Family Christmas Tree
Best Advent Ever – link to sign up for a daily Advent email from Dynamic Catholic

What We Believe

What is the Catholic Church all about?
What does it mean to be Catholic? What do Catholics actually believe?

The Catholic Church is extraordinary. Founded by Christ himself, the Catholic Church is where we encounter God in his Word, his sacraments, and his saints. The Church faithfully proclaims the fullness of faith, leaving no truth out. It proclaims the fullness of life, leaving no person out. It calls all to repent and to believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the source of all life and salvation.

Maybe you’ve been Catholic your entire life. Maybe you’re just beginning to explore the Catholic Faith. Wherever you may be in your journey, you will be profoundly moved by the beauty and the richness of the Catholic Church.

This is a 10 week study that will meet on Thursday mornings beginning, November 10 from 9-10:15am. 

To register and pay online, click here.


FORMED Pick of the Week – Automatic Weekly Update

Journey through the Liturgical Year with FORMED Pick of the Week. These are specific videos, podcasts and/or articles related to the season of the Church year. You’ll find this week’s pick below. Just click “Watch”.

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