Advent Resources

Little Blue Books for Advent
The always popular Little Blue Books for Advent are now available in the Church vestibule. These six minute reflections are based on the Sunday Gospels of Year B (the Gospel of Mark).  Each day will have a meditation based on the previous Sunday’s Gospel. Each day also has interesting information about customs and traditions of the season, feast days, and people associated with Advent and Christmas.  The Little Blue Book helps guide you into prayer and a deeper understanding of our faith.  We have a limited supply so please only take one per family. For those of you that prefer using an app on your phone or mobile device, the Little Books Companion is available and will give you access to the three seasonal books published each year.  The cost is $10/annually.

The Best Advent Ever: Let Your Soul Shine – Matthew Kelly 
Powerful daily video reflections on the Gospel readings from Matthew Kelly sent to your email.  The videos are intended to to help you slow down, think and pray. No cost.  Begins Sunday, November 29.

Advent Pilgrimage: from Eden to Bethlehem – Parousia Media
Daily video meditations and scriptural readings with world-class speakers on scripture and the Catholic Faith. Each day, you will get video meditations on Salvation History from Adam to Jesus and visit the Old Testament figures who foreshadowed the coming of the Messiah. You will follow the  lineage of Jesus, and reach Zachariah the father of St John the Baptist by December 16. On December 17 the focus changes to the New Testament and includes the Las Posadas Novena, coinciding with the change of scriptural readings in the Church.  This will lead you right up to Christmas Day on December 25 – completing the nine day novena and the advent long pilgrimage.  No cost.  Begins Sunday, November 29.

Rejoice! LIVE Advent Meditations with the Holy Family – Ascension Press
This year on the Sundays in Advent, we invite you to Rejoice! LIVE with Fr. Mark Toups as he joins us LIVE via Ascension’s YouTube page. We’ll be coming together to share in the beautiful tradition of the Advent wreath to pray, unpack the Sunday Scripture reading, and prepare our hearts for the coming week of Advent. These weekly video meditations help us journey with Mary and Joseph, pondering what was in their hearts and minds as they awaited the birth of Jesus. No cost.  Begins Sunday, November 29.

Unshakeable Joy! Daily Advent Retreat 
Joy doesn’t depend on a change in your circumstances, but a change in YOU. See daily videos and reflections from Chris Stefanick and Cardinal-Elect Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal households of St Pope John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict, and Pope Francis. Learn how to have joy, no matter the circumstances of life. No cost.  Begins Sunday, November 29.

Introduction to the Psalms 
Psalms is the one book of the Bible read at every Mass. Join Dr. John Bergsma of Franciscan University of Steubenville, for 9 powerful video lessons on one of the most beloved books in all Scripture.  Open up the power and spiritual depth of this amazing book  of the Bible! No cost.  Begins Sunday, November 29. A companion workbook is available for purchase that includes review and discussion questions, space for journaling and more.