Advent Activities

What's Advent all about?

Advent is a time of...Waiting...Hope...Anticipation...Preparation...Prayerfulness...Repentance

Here are some online explanations...

Bishop Barron on the spirituality of Advent video

Bishop Barron video meditations for Advent: Waiting in Joyful Hope

Advent video in 2 Minutes from Busted Halo

Advent –the revolution. Video with Bishop Robert Barron

Ideas to help with your Advent Journey

Ascension Activities: 

  1. Infancy Narratives Bible Study- 3 week study with Father John Baab. Begins Mon. Dec. 3 at 7 pm or Wed. Dec. 5 at 10 am. More Info.
  2. Christmas Concert: Sunday, December 16 at 3 pm
  3. Parish Reconciliation : Wednesday, December 12 at 7 pm
  4. Children's Journey to Bethlehem: Wednesday, December 19 at 4:30 pm or 6:30 pm

Individual and Family Activities

  1. Pick up a Little Blue Book of Advent Reflections in the Commons. Available 11/24-11/25 while supplies last. 
  2. Setup an Advent Wreath on the family table. Two Resources:  How to make an Advent wreath video and Prayers for lighting each candle 
  3. Subscribe to one of the following online reflections: 
    1. Daily Reflection from: This has a children's component also. 
    2. Daily Reflection from Bishop Barron
    3. Daily Reflection from Best Advent Ever from Dynamic Catholic
    4. Weekly Reflection from Father Mark Toubs Rejoice based on Mary's journey
  4. Do something nice for someone else
    1. Visit a nursing home
    2. Buy a present from the Giving Tree
    3. Bring in food for the Holiday baskets

Other Resources and Info: 

For families:

For parents and grandparents looking for a deeper understanding of Advent and activities to do with the family to increase Advent’s preparatory nature (article)

Preparing children for Advent

Be inspired this Advent through prayer or music

When time permits only one brief prayer a day-print

Advent videos 3 minutes or less from Catholic Digest:


Waiting in Hope music video with photography from the US and Canada by Matt Kawai Studios

Mary’s Song by Amy Grant

Lord Jesus Come by Richard Cootes Upbeat and simple. Children and teens may like this.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel in chant-like format by the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers


Fun Activities for Individuals and Families

Coloring pages and more attached to each week’s Gospel readings. Perfect for walking through Advent with children in an age-appropriate way.

Videos, coloring pages and other advent family activities delivered to your Inbox at no charges

Making a Jesse tree: A Family Activity for Advent video

For the crafter or crafting families: patterns for making chrismons, which are gold and white ornaments depicting the many symbols of Jesus Christ.

(Resources prepared by Deborah Stollery, Conspirita Consulting Network, LLC