Happy New Year! I know you might be thinking, “It is not January 1st…” You are right, I did not skip the rest of 2020 in hopes that 2021 might be a better year for all. This weekend, the Church celebrates the First Sunday of Advent which in the Church Calendar is the First week of the liturgical year. This liturgical year is made up of the different seasons we celebrate which are: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, The Triduum, and Easter. Within these seasons are the Feast Days we celebrate and the readings we hear at Mass cycle too and change from year A, B, or C.
I could go on and on, but I think that is a good start to tell your children that everything the Church does for its celebration of the Mass, Daily Mass to the Weekend Mass, is planned and organized. If only I could be as organized J
Each month I have shared with you a guide to help with those of you that are staying at home for Mass and I have encouraged you all to use this to either prepare for your livestream viewing of Mass or if you are taking a break from technology you can use this as a substitute to Mass and livestream. Here is the document for this month:
Here is a fun Bible story for you and your kids to read and discuss as we begin this season and how we can approach the season: Be Watchful and Alert
This article contains a plethora of crafty ideas to help you enter into the Advent season. From paper chains to Jessie Trees and everything in between. Check it out and pick one or two to do. Best Ideas for Celebrating Advent
Lastly, I know that it might seem like this pandemic will never end. Here is a hope-filled article by Dr. Joseph White on how to continue to care for your spiritual needs and the needs of your family: Caring For Your Family’s Spiritual Needs