Advent Activity Guide
- THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS -

Start the New Year by honoring our Blessed Mother, who brought Jesus into the world to redeem us

On Christmas Day, we celebrate the Nativity of the Lord, and one week later, we turn our hearts to the Virgin Mary. On the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, we venerate Mary’s trust in the Lord. By calling upon Mary, we can share in her holiness as she brings our prayers to Jesus.

Verse to Memorize

He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel.

Luke 2:21

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“We Love Mary” Party

By now, each child should have their collection boxes all ready to go. Now it’s time to celebrate their generosity! Host a party in honor of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Our Blessed Mother is the perfect model of compassion and kindness — all the more reason to celebrate! This party should be the culmination of your fundraising efforts throughout Advent and Christmas. If your parish allows food celebrations, you could bring in
cupcakes. You can also help the children make an edible rosary (or single decade) using cereal, marshmallows and raisins.

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Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2022, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.

Poverty Fact and Prayer

One in four people in Guatemala earn less than $3.20 per day.* The Cortez Lopez family (pictured) thanks God for their sturdy home! The homes you’re helping to build will have steel roofs, concrete floors and walls and clean air stoves.

*Source: The World Bank

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

(The Memorare)