Advent Resources:

Celebrate Advent with your family! These resources have been compiled by the BCRE Team to help your family celebrate Advent to prepare for Christmas with your faith!

From Billerica Catholic’s Director of Worship Paul Ciotti

Advent 2020 Information

Advent Wreath Blessing

Blessing of a Christmas Manger or Nativity Scene

Blessing of the Christmas Tree

Advent in 2 Minutes from Busted Halo

Advent Series You May Subscribe to (all will open a new tab/window outside of the Catholic Community of Billerica):

Advent of Hope – from Array of Hope

Dynamic Catholic – Best Advent Ever

Loyola Press Resources, including Advent A to Z – his special e-mail series will explore seasonal themes.

Real Life Catholic – Chris Stefanick – Unshakeable Joy Advent Retreat with Cardinal-elect Raniero Cantalamessa

Relevant Radio – Advent Inspirations – are short, daily audio reflections designed to help listeners like you delve into the beauty of this season, sent to your email inbox.

St. Mary’s Press Advent Resources – Family Calendar, Scripture and Saint ideas, organized for children, teens, and families.

Word on Fire (Bishop Robert Barron) – Daily Gospel Reflections

Jesse Tree – the family tree of Jesus

My Jesse Tree – book and resources

Loyola Press Jesse Tree Resource

The Shepherd’s Treasure – a Christian alternative to the Elf on the Shelf:

https://www.theshepherdstreasure.com/

In addition to purchasing the book, the website has many resources for how to use this idea in your home.

“This Shepherd on a Shelf will help put Christ back in CHRISTmas! During the month of December, children follow their Shepherd on a fun, interactive treasure hunt to find the true meaning of Christmas. Each day of December, kids discover their Shepherd in a different spot along his journey with a new advent card that features a Bible verse and a special note from their Shepherd! Then, on Christmas morning, little ones find their Shepherd kneeling before the greatest treasure of all time: JESUS! This new family tradition is one that we hope will teach kids to truly seek Jesus, both during the Christmas season and after it’s over!”

Blogs:

10 Advent Songs to Remind You It’s Not Yet Christmas – blog by Matt Fradd on FOCUS
How to Celebrate Advent Like a Catholic – blog by , from Get Fed / Catholic Company
LifeTeen Blog Posts on Advent

Excerpt from Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis, November 2013

Thanks solely to this encounter – or renewed encounter – with God’s love, which blossoms into an enriching friendship, we are liberated from our narrowness and self-absorption. We become fully human when we become more than human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being. Here we find the source and inspiration of all our efforts at evangelization. For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others? (8)

The resources noted on this page are offered by Billerica Catholic Religious Education for your family’s faith formation – please let us know what you think!