For Children and Families
This guide is intended as a companion to the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops’ Liturgical Calendar, with Gospel Readings and family-friendly activities aligned with the Sunday Mass Readings of Advent and the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.
Our goal is to help Catholic families grow in faith during Advent — with opportunities to recognize Christ’s face in the poor. More than 2,000 years after Jesus’ humble birth, Guatemalan children pray for safe homes, and by utilizing this guide, you can help answer that prayer. We hope each activity reaffirms the joys of Catholic Social Teaching and the Corporal Works of Mercy as we unite through Christ to bless the poor.
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) Baking supplies.
(Week 4) Markers, crayons, colored pencils and other graphic tools to decorate your children’s cookbook (before it is photocopied).
(The Octave of Christmas) Cupcakes, cereal, marshmallows and raisins (if your parish allows food).
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.