As we light the Angel Candle on the fourth Sunday of Advent, we remember the love shown to the world through the birth of Christ to the Virgin Mary. This amazing act of mercy brought about the redemption of the world. Remind children that this gift of love is too precious and wonderful to keep to ourselves; we must share it with others. When we show love to the poor, we also show love to Jesus. By giving sacrificially in the name of Christ, we show that Christ has transformed our lives and we keep sharing the heavenly host’s message of “good tidings of great joy!”
Scripture Meditations and Reflections:
2 Samuel 7:1-5; 8b-12 • Romans 16:25-27 • Luke 1:26-28 • Psalm 4
I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.
Our special Advent campaign is designed to raise money to build homes for Haitian families who currently live in small stick-and-mud huts with flimsy roofs made of rusted metal sheets.
This is a real family activity, as each child brings in a parent’s favorite holiday recipe! Compile the recipes, incorporating the “Homes for Christmas” charitable theme, and write a short introduction stressing that all proceeds from cookbook sales will go toward our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Encourage a fellow parishioner to donate the printing costs. Be creative! Let your kids add their own design ideas, and then sell each cookbook for around $5!
To donate the money raised by participating in activities from the Advent Activity Guide, submit your donation below:
Worldwide, about 1.2 billion people are living in inadequate shelter.
Dear God, we pray for the millions of homeless children around the world. We pray that you would protect them, fill their hearts with hope and demonstrate your love tangibly in their lives. We ask this in the eternal and saving name of Christ, 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.