ADVENT 2017

New resources for Advent 2017

Did you know you can use the stills from the Nativity Story film for catechesis and in schools? The stills may be used for non-commercial use. These pictures are perfect for powerpoints, reflections and general illustrations of the Christmas story.

Other free resoureces for Advent 2017 include:

Advent Resources from Loyola Press

Jesse Tree
- a free resource from Loyola Press.
And a free powerpoint resource if you subscribe
Other resources
Praying in the home Family Catechesis resources to subscribe to from www.praytheyear.com


From the Bible Society


 

Family Advent Nativity Packs

Take home a crib figure for Advent

An opportunity to reflect on the birth of the baby Jesus in the Family. Taking home an Advent Nativity pack each week and returning it the next proviides an opportunity for Family Catechesis in the home.

Each pack in a zipped plastic bag contains:
  • a knitted nativity figure (Mary, Jesus, Joseph, baby Jesus, angel, wise man, shepherds, sheep and a donkey)
  • Ideas for Reflection and Prayer
  • Advent Family Nativity Pack Notebook
Family Advent Nativity Pack: Ideas for Reflection and Prayer

children's responses

courtesy of the parish of St Michael & St Bernadette, Whitefield

I say yes - an Advent song to share

From the Diocese of Northampton has shared a lovely song based on Our Lady's 'yes' at the Annunciation for use in schools and parishes. It is a good resource for Advent.

Introduction to I say yes

I say yes lyrics

I say yes powerpoint

I say yes sheet music

I say yes instrumental backing on MP3 file

 

Advent Family Catechesis Programmes

New With You Always Family Catechesis sessions available to download and use in the parish and school

Are you looking for a whole family Advent programme:
  • for families of children who will receive their First Communion this year?
  • for families of children in Years 5 & 6?
  • for all families in your parish and school?
The With You Always Advent Family Catechesis programme brings together Lectionary readings for Advent and reflection and crafts to help families prepare for Christmas.  There are two programmes to choose from. Each has detailed catechist notes and requires a small team of catechists and volunteers to prepare several crafts and activities.

Structure of the sessions:
1.Start together as a large group.  A short description of Advent and the Bible story they will hear.  Read the passage (or see it acted out, or use PowerPoint presentations, etc)
2.Families go to craft stations of their choice where the parent and child explore the story in a hands-on way, including making a snack.
3.End with a short reflection, prayer and song, and take home a craft, prayer card, etc.

A choice of two Advent sessions for 2016 - Advent Year A:
Complete notes for each session -

Stay awake! Mt 24:42-44
 (from Year A reading Mt 24:37-44) OR
Prepare the way of the Lord!  Mt 3:1-6 (from Year A reading Mt 3:1-12)

Two formats of PowerPoint presentations are also available to help illustrate the story.  One includes the text of the readings, the other simple illustrations to accompany the readings.

PowerPoint presentation with biblical text included:
Stay awake!
Prepare the way of the Lord!

and with limited text and illustration only:  
Stay awake!
Prepare the way of the Lord!


Celebrating Advent in the home, parish and school


Some ideas for celebrating Advent in the home, parish and school
• Advent wreath workshop for families to make their own wreaths
Loyola Press has excellent free resources.
Catholic Youth Work has some good resources and links.
Advent Family Prayer
• Nativity play
• Christmas crafts and gift making for grandparents, etc. (Card making, hand print
Christmas art on cotton banners or bags, cookie decorating…)
• Travelling Nativity figures can be sent out around the parish as they journey to
Bethlehem.
• Reconciliation as a family during the Advent season by attending the parish
Reconciliation service together.
• Celebrate the feast day of St Nicholas on December 6th in the parish or school.
• St Nicholas treats include chocolate money, baked treats and a family celebration
with perhaps a small gift. Shoes are placed by the fireplace (or left outside the
bedroom door) to be filled with chocolate money. Special biscuits in the shape of St
Nicholas/Father Christmas are often available at the German discount supermarkets at
this time of year. It is also customary to eat gingerbread.
These web pages have excellent ideas for Advent, resources and illustrations:

A real Advent calendar

Are you looking for a Christian Advent calendar this year?  

Pauline Books on Bold Street, Liverpool, carries a stock of religious Advent calendars and books. They also carry the popular Minecraft Bible, which would make a wonderful gift for St Nicholas Day or Christmas.

Many parishes and the two Liverpool Cathedrals generally carry them, but this year the Real Advent Calendar is also available at some Tesco stores.  And as a bonus it includes fair trade chocolate too along with the scripture quotes!


Advent 2017

New With You Always Family Catechesis sessions available to download and use in the parish and school

Are you looking for a whole family Advent programme:
  • for families of children who will be confirmed and receive their First Communion this year
  • for families of children in Years 5 & 6
  • for all families in your parish and school
  • For your Children's Liturgy time?
The With You Always Advent Family Catechesis programme brings together Lectionary readings for Advent Year B and reflection and crafts to help families prepare for Christmas. There are various activities to choose from and all are illustrated with photographs.

Activities have detailed catechist notes and require a small team of catechists and volunteers to prepare the crafts and activities. Each craft or activity relates directly to the readings for the 4 Sundays of Advent.


The Loyola Press website has free resources for Advent available online.


Jesus spoke to them... 'and know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.' (Matthew 28:20)


Parents '...will be the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith.  May they also be the best of teachers bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do...' (Rite of Baptism)
 

Special Needs & Nugent
'Christian families are missionary families, in their everyday life, in their doing everyday things...'  Pope Francis
A DVD for parishes and schools