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Online Advent Calendar goes live on Sunday 2nd December 2018

Online Advent Calendar goes live on Sunday 2nd December 2018

Now in its fifth year, the online Advent Calendar will offer resources for the parish, school and the home which are available behind a virtual door each day during the season of Advent. Behind each door there will be content aimed at assisting people to pray and to reflect on how best we can keep Christ at the centre of our Christmas preparations during this special liturgical season.

This year's Advent calendar will also provide a special focus on family as part of ongoing reflections following the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families 2018. There will be family prayers and suggestions for acts of kindness or charity that all of us are encouraged to undertake during the month of December. The Advent Calendar will also share tips on how families can care for our common home by having a more sustainable Christmas.

A popular feature from last year's Advent Calendar was the audio thought for the day. Contributors this year will include bishops, priests, religious, laity, staff of the councils and agencies of the Irish Bishops' Conference, as well as primary, secondary and university students. The 2018 Advent Calendar will also include:

  • Mass Readings and Saint of the Day;
  • Family prayers;
  • Advent videos: blessing of the crib in the home, blessing of the advent wreath in the home;
  • The Words of Pope Francis from WMOF2018;
  • Acts of kindness and charity in the family, school and parish 
  • Suggestions to make Christmas more sustainable so as to care for our common home;
  • Advent music;
  • Seasonal prayers;
  • Multimedia thought for the day;
  • Resources for Advent including books and music;
  • Advent events in dioceses and parishes;
  • Information on Trócaire's Global Gifts for 2018 as well special appeals to help families in need.
Go the Advent Calendar page here.

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