For Children and Families
This guide is designed to be used alongside the U.S. Council Catholic Bishops’ Liturgical Calendar. The “Scripture Meditations and Reflection” section is based on Sunday Mass Readings throughout the four weeks of Advent that culminate in the celebration of Christmas. Some of the activities, such as the “Verse to Memorize,” can be encouraged as a family activity. You can also urge students and parents to join together to fundraise on behalf of low-income Haitian families.
We encourage you to be creative in your use of this guide, incorporating your own ideas to enrich your experience. You can also urge students and parents to join together to fundraise on behalf of our special Advent fundraising campaign to provide safe and sturdy homes to low-income Haitian families … just in time for Christmas.
To draw your children into the Advent journey, make a personalized Advent wreath to use during the next four weeks.
Green construction paper or card stock
1 sheet of pink paper
3 sheets of purple paper
1 sheet of white paper
5 cardboard tubes
Yellow or orange tissue paper
Glue or tape
Week 1: Small cardboard box (such as an empty tissue box) or empty container (such as a milk carton), wrapping paper, tape, scissors.
Week 2: Wrapping paper, tape, scissors.
Week 3: Supplies to bake and decorate Christmas cookies and plastic bags to distribute them to customers.
Week 4: Markers, crayons, colored pencils and other graphic tools to decorate your children’s cookbook (before it is photocopied).
Epiphany Week: Supplies to construct a paper crown. If your parish allows it, bring cupcakes and share a traditional “King’s Cake” with your class. Present the king with a crown and a little gift.
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.