Winter Resources

There are numerous resources available to assist you at home, in the parish, or in the school to bring catechesis and liturgy together.

Click here for the Finding God Advent 2021 Parent Newsletter from Loyola Press.

Advent in 2 Minutes from Busted Halo



Christmas Peace - Advent Catholic Video by Ken Yasinski

Fr. Robert Barron on The Spirituality of Advent

Living with Christ


Click here to go to the Tools for Schools section of the Living with Christ website with all kinds of ways in which teachers can make use of many of the elements from the missalette in the classroom.  Or click on the image below to go to the home page of Living with Christ website.

Living with Christ

Liturgical Year: Catholic Culture

December 2021

The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of December 2021

Catechists: Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit. (See also

Feasts for December

3. Francis XavierMemorial
5. Second Sunday of AdventSunday
6. NicholasOpt. Mem.
7. AmbroseMemorial
8. Solemnity of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patronal Feastday of the USASolemnity
9. Juan Diego (USA)Opt. Mem.
11. Damasus IOpt. Mem.
12. Third Sunday of AdventSunday
13. LucyMemorial
14. John of the CrossMemorial
19. Fourth Sunday of Advent; O Root of JesseSunday
21. Peter Canisius; O DayspringOpt. Mem.
23. John of Kanty; O EmmanuelOpt. Mem.
25. Solemnity the Nativity of the LordSolemnity
26. Feast of the Holy FamilyFeast
27. JohnFeast
28. Feast of the Holy InnocentsFeast
29. Thomas BecketOpt. Mem.
31. Sylvester IOpt. Mem.


Focus of the Liturgy

The Gospels for four Sundays in December 2021, are taken from St. Luke are from Year C, Cycle 2.

December 5th - 2nd Sunday in Advent

The Gospel is about John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness.

December 12th - 3rd Sunday in Advent

The Gospel today recounts the story of St. John the Baptist telling his followers about the coming Messiah.

December 19th - 4th Sunday of Advent

This Gospel is about Mary and Elizabeth, the Visitation.

December 26th - Holy Family

In this Gospel Jesus is found in the temple sitting with the teachers answering their questions.

Highlights of the Month

The liturgy of Advent focuses on remembering Christ's first coming at Bethlehem which then directs our mind to Christ's Second Coming at the end of time. The readings focus on the people of the Old Testament awaiting the Messiah, John the Baptist, heralding the way for Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary and her maternal preparations.

The liturgy of Advent focuses on remembering Christ's first coming at Bethlehem which then directs our mind to Christ's Second Coming at the end of time. The readings focus on the people of the Old Testament awaiting the Messiah, John the Baptist, heralding the way for Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary and her maternal preparations.

The main Feasts of Advent are St. Francis Xavier (December 3), St. John Damascene, (December 4), St. Nicholas (December 6), St. Ambrose (December 7), Immaculate Conception (December 8), St. Juan Diego (December 9), St. Damascus (December 11), St. Lucy (December 13), St. John of the Cross (December 14), St. Peter Canisius (December 21) and St. John of Kanty (December 23). Christmastide begins with the First Vespers (Evening Prayer) of Christmas on December 24th and ends on the Sunday after Epiphany. Christmas and Easter are the only solemnities with octaves attached in the revised calendar. The Christmas octave differs from Easter in that it includes some major feasts: St. John the Evangelist (December 27), the Holy Innocents (December 28), St. Thomas Becket (December 29) and St. Sylvester I (December 31). The octave closes on January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) is superseded by the Sunday liturgy. The feast of St. Stephen (December 26) is superseded by the feast of the Holy Family.

The Reason for the Season

The month of December is filled with expectation and celebration. Preparation is the key word for the first 24 days of December. Everyone is getting ready for Christmas — shopping and decorating, baking and cleaning. Too often, however, we are so busy with the material preparations that we lose sight of the real reason for our activity.

Christmas is a Christian feast — and we must reclaim it as such! In the same way that a family eagerly prepares for a baby, so in Advent should we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child. We should keep Advent as a season of waiting and longing, of conversion and of hope and keep our thoughts on the incredible love and humility of our God in taking on the flesh of the Virgin Mary. Let us not forget to prepare a peaceful place in our hearts wherein our Savior may come to dwell.

The best person we can turn to for help during Advent is Mary, Christ's and our Mother. She awaited the day of His birth with more eagerness than any other human being. Her preparation was complete in every respect. Let's crown our preparation and borrow something of Mary's prayerfulness, her purity and whole-hearted submission to God's will.


Ascension Presents

"Ascension Presents" You may read presents (shows/introduce) or presents (gifts), either way, our friends at Ascension give us great resources to enrich our season of Advent with  Articles Videos and Podcasts for Advent. You can like and follow on social media (Facebook, Instagram Twitter YouTube) to get the most current resources or Click here to visit their website for archives.

A Child is Born


Arts & Faith: Advent

advent arts and faith

 Prepare for Christmas and deepen your experience of the Advent season this year with Arts & Faith: Advent. Each week we’ll provide a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of hope and preparation through the lens of sacred art.

For your convenience, video transcripts are included. Commentary is by Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, assistant professor of liturgy, catechesis, and evangelization at Loyola University New Orleans. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in liturgy from St. John’s University in Collegeville, a master’s degree in religion and the arts from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in theology and education from Boston College. Her unique background in faith and art brings to life a new way of celebrating Advent and understanding the season on a more personal level.

Teachers and catechists: Use these videos and related activity suggestions in your faith formation classes.

Cycle C: Advent 2021

Cycle A: Advent 2022

Cycle B: Advent 2023


Catholic Culture Symbols

A young girl who refused to abandon her practice of the Christian Faith and therefore suffered death at the time of the Diocletian persecution. This symbol expresses her sacrifice for the Faith.
One of the Greek Fathers, Bishop of Caeserea, and brother to SS. Gregory of Nyssa and Peter of Sebaste, was a prolific writer and defender of the doctrine of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. The emblem refers to his building up the Church.
The Bishop of Geneva, well loved for his gentleness and moderation, followed the example of Christ by converting through love and patient understanding.
A commander of the army in Milan, Sebastian exerted his influence to strengthen and save fellow Christians during the Diocletian persecution. He was denounced and ordered shot to death with arrows, but when it was discovered that he was still alive, he was beaten to death.