The first Sunday of Advent symbolizes hope with the Prophecy Candle, reminding us that Jesus is coming. Through the prophets of the Old Testament, God promised to send this Savior to rescue the people from their sins. Over 700 years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah prophesied the birth, death and resurrection of our Messiah. This first week of Advent, remind your children that Jesus is our hope.
Scripture Meditations and Reflections:
Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7 • 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 • Mark 13:33-37 • Psalm 1
God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 1:9
Our special Advent campaign is designed to raise money to build homes for Haitian families currently living in poverty. Cross Catholic Outreach has free-of-charge collection boxes available upon request, which can be used to collect money raised during the week. Children can also make their own collection boxes.
First, take a small cardboard box (such as an empty tissue box) or an empty container (such as a milk carton) and decorate it with wrapping paper like a Christmas present. Throughout December, children can take the wrapped box home and put in extra change they earn from chores, encouraging their family members to do the same. During the final week of Advent, children can bring their collection boxes as gifts to the “Happy Birthday, Jesus” party, detailed during Epiphany Week of this guide.
To donate the money raised by participating in activities from the Advent Activity Guide, submit your donation below:
Worldwide, more than 2 million people are evicted each year. Most of them are slum dwellers.
-U.N. HABITAT, THE RIGHT TO ADEQUATE HOUSING
Dear Lord, we lift up all of the people in the world who don’t have a home to call their own. Provide them with a roof over their heads and peace in their hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress; Shelter from the rain, shade from the heat.