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Faith Formation » Preparing This Advent Season - Nov. 30

Preparing This Advent Season - Nov. 30

Week of November 30

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Advent is all about preparing to welcome the Lord Jesus! There are actually a few different ways Jesus wants to come to us in our lives - check out this video from Molly Stickle and this article to learn more about welcoming Jesus into your life this Advent!

Pray

  • Spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament
    • Use your Advent companion as an aid to prayer. The 'Advent Prayers' on p. 71 are a great option for some quiet prayer with the Lord.
    • Bring your Bible with you and meditate on scripture during your time of prayer. Check out this link for the Scripture readings for each day's Mass, which are wonderful Scripture passages to choose if you're not sure what to meditate on.
  • ‘Prepare the Way for Jesus’ (activity especially great for families with young children)!
    • One way we can prepare the way for Jesus is by bringing peace, love, and joy to others through our good choices.  Do the simple, yet meaningful, activity attached to this email as a family to help you and your children identify ways we can prepare for the coming of Jesus.
  • Set up your Nativity scene - WITHOUT Jesus!
    • A classic Catholic practice is setting up your family nativity scene during Advent but leaving the manger empty until Christmas when we celebrate the coming of Jesus.  Have shredded paper or straw on hand.  Each time a member of your family spends time in prayer or does a good deed have him/her place a piece of straw in the manger for the baby Jesus.  By Christmas, the manger will hopefully be soft for the newborn Jesus to lay his head.

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Will the real St. Nick please stand up?!
  • Check out this article about the original St. Nicholas, the 4th century bishop from modern-day Turkey, whose feast day we celebrate on December 6th!
  • BONUS: Click here for a great reflection on why it makes sense for belief in Santa Claus to increase as we grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. 
Be St. Nick for Someone! 
  • Take inspiration from Stacey and her family, by choosing someone in your life or community that could use a little extra hope or joy this season. Secretly leave a gift for them without telling them who it is from.