Advent Activity Guide
- WEEK 3 -

John the Baptist proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ

The third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice.” It’s a time for us to
celebrate that our loving God is in charge and to await Jesus’ coming with tremendous joy.

In this Sunday’s Gospel Reading, some people wonder if John the Baptist is the Messiah, but John tells them someone much greater is coming. He encourages the crowd to share what they have and to prepare for our Savior.

Verse to Memorize

Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.

Luke 3:11

Fundraising Activity

Transform Lives: Advent Bake Sale

John the Baptist urges us to make specific changes in our lives to prepare our hearts for Jesus.

Encourage children to understand the Church’s option for the poor and vulnerable — acting like Jesus to put the poor first.

Help children bake Christmas cookies and decorate them with icing. Hold a bake sale and sell items for $1 each. Make sure you tell your customers why you’re raising money!

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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

The COVID-19 pandemic increased poverty for the first time in 20 years.* Latin America has experienced a surge in inequality. Fr. Raul works tirelessly to fight poverty and share the love of Christ.

*Source: The World Bank

All of life is a gift and a blessing from you. We thank you for your generous love. … Keep us mindful that what we do for the “least,” we do for you. Amen.

*From A Prayer Seeking Donors, Cross Catholic Outreach, 2021