Doctrinal Focus

Seasons and Celebrations

  • During Advent we prepare for Christmas
  • At Christmas we remember the birth of Jesus
  • Sacraments at the Service of Communion
  • Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived as God's holy family
  • Mary , Mother of God and the Saints
  • Mary's gifts and faith are shown in the gospel stories (CCC. 973)
  • Jesus Christ
  • Jesus was born in Bethlehem
  • Jesus, Mary and Joseph were a family (CCC. 488)

General Articles

  • Advent , how time belongs to God | Msgr. Peter Elliott [Published by permission of Msgr. Peter Elliott, 2001]
    The importance of the season of Advent as a preparation for Christmas
  • Celebrating Advent and Christmas, A Sourcebook for Families | Women for Faith & Family [Women for Faith & Family, 1989]
    Pope John Paul II has repeatedly referred to the family as the "Domestic Church." In his exhortation on the family, "Familiaris Consortio," the Pope refers to the home as 'the little Church,' and speaks of the way families must make God presen
  • Advent and the Incarnation | Msgr. Peter Elliott [Published by permission of Msgr. Peter Elliott, 2001]
    Showing that the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, is an event rooted in history
  • Family Advent Customs | Helen McLoughlin [The Liturgical Press St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota, 2003]
    Advent is the beginning of the new liturgical year. It is a season of spiritual preparation, marked by eager longing for the coming of the Saviour through grace at Christmas, and for His second and final coming. It is also an ideal time to esta
  • Catholic Traditions for Advent and Christmas | Michaelann Martin [Lay Witness, 1998]
    How can families better live the spirit of Advent and Christmas in their homes?
  • The Meaning of Christmas: Look Deeper | Peter Kreeft [National Catholic Register, 1986]
    Christmas is so familiar that we sometimes wonder whether anything fresh and true can be said about it.
  • The Heart of Advent: Mary Immaculate | Msgr. Peter Elliott [Msgr. Peter Elliott, 0]
    Comparing the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, with the Woman of the Apocalypse.

Blackline Masters / Activity Sheets

  • Advent Calendar
    Cut out the little windows, leaving sides attached, glue front on to a stronger piece of card and either glue or draw a picture behind each window to keep track of each day of advent.
  • Things we wait for
    Students to color in existing images and draw the infant Jesus in the space provided.
  • Map of the Holy Land
    Cirlce the place where Jesus was born and color in the map.
  • Nativity Scene (part 1)
    Paste worsksheet on to a piece of cardboard and color in.
  • Nativity Scene (part 2)
    Paste worsksheet on to a piece of cardboard and color in.
  • Puppet pattern 26
    Pattern: Jesse Tree Symbols.
    Patterns can be used as
    * Felt board figures
    * Finger Puppets (felt, fabric)
    * Peg Figures (felt, laminated)
    * Colored O.H.T.s (used with adult supervision).
    The above are suggestions for the use of the Level 2a Patterns. Their applications are as diverse as the creativity & imagination of those using them.
  • Puppet pattern 27
    Pattern: Stable animals (chicken, Sheep, donkey, cow, duck).
    Patterns can be used as
    * Felt board figures
    * Finger Puppets (felt, fabric)
    * Peg Figures (felt, laminated)
    * Colored O.H.T.s (used with adult supervision).
    The above are suggestions for the use of the Level 2a Patterns. Their applications are as diverse as the creativity & imagination of those using them.
  • Puppet pattern 28
    Pattern: Shepherds (2), Wise man.
    Patterns can be used as
    * Felt board figures
    * Finger Puppets (felt, fabric)
    * Peg Figures (felt, laminated)
    * Colored O.H.T.s (used with adult supervision).
    The above are suggestions for the use of the Level 2a Patterns. Their applications are as diverse as the creativity & imagination of those using them.
  • Puppet pattern 28 (continued)
    Pattern: Wise men (2).
    Patterns can be used as
    * Felt board figures
    * Finger Puppets (felt, fabric)
    * Peg Figures (felt, laminated)
    * Colored O.H.T.s (used with adult supervision).
    The above are suggestions for the use of the Level 2a Patterns. Their applications are as diverse as the creativity & imagination of those using them.
  • Puppet pattern 29
    Pattern: Angel 1, Angel 2.
    Patterns can be used as
    * Felt board figures
    * Finger Puppets (felt, fabric)
    * Peg Figures (felt, laminated)
    * Colored O.H.T.s (used with adult supervision).
    The above are suggestions for the use of the Level 2a Patterns. Their applications are as diverse as the creativity & imagination of those using them.
  • Puppet pattern 29 (continued)
    Pattern: Angel 3, Angel 4.
    Patterns can be used as
    * Felt board figures
    * Finger Puppets (felt, fabric)
    * Peg Figures (felt, laminated)
    * Colored O.H.T.s (used with adult supervision).
    The above are suggestions for the use of the Level 2a Patterns. Their applications are as diverse as the creativity & imagination of those using them.
  • Puppet pattern 30
    Pattern: Herod, Soldier 1, Soldier 2.
    Patterns can be used as
    * Felt board figures
    * Finger Puppets (felt, fabric)
    * Peg Figures (felt, laminated)
    * Colored O.H.T.s (used with adult supervision).
    The above are suggestions for the use of the Level 2a Patterns. Their applications are as diverse as the creativity & imagination of those using them.
  • Puppet pattern 31
    Pattern: Mary, Joseph and infant Jesus.
    Patterns can be used as
    * Felt board figures
    * Finger Puppets (felt, fabric)
    * Peg Figures (felt, laminated)
    * Colored O.H.T.s (used with adult supervision).
    The above are suggestions for the use of the Level 2a Patterns. Their applications are as diverse as the creativity & imagination of those using them.
  • Puppet pattern 31 (continued)
    Pattern: Donkey, Pyramids.
    Patterns can be used as
    * Felt board figures
    * Finger Puppets (felt, fabric)
    * Peg Figures (felt, laminated)
    * Colored O.H.T.s (used with adult supervision).
    The above are suggestions for the use of the Level 2a Patterns. Their applications are as diverse as the creativity & imagination of those using them.

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