Preparing as a Family of Faith for… Advent!
Below are a number of suggestions that will kick-start your family to preparing for the season of Advent as a family of faith. There are a number of display items (Advent Wreath for Children and Nativity Figures) in the Family Faith Support area of the churches.
Start a conversation in the home about Advent using the aid below for any possible tricky question:
Make your own Sacred Space for Advent using something purple and the Home Symbols Sheet
Print and colour in the Advent Wreath Colouring Page and read about the meaning of the Advent Wreath below.
Print and colour your own Nativity Scene by clicking on the Nativity Scene Template
Follow the story of the Bible that leads to the birth of Jesus with the Old Testament Images. You can also follow the story through the Jesse Tree in the church.
Why not include some Bible verses with the Bible Advent Calendar
A Prayer for Lighting the Advent Wreath
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe.
You sent your Son to be the Light of the world and to
spread his light of love to all.
As we light the candles of this wreath
May its growing brightness remind us of the approaching
nearness of your Son
So that the day of His coming may find us prepared and
filled with joy.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Advent Wreath Explained
The Parish Carol Service
The Parish Carol Service will take place in St Kilian’s on Sunday 15th December at 6 pm. You could go along as a family and enjoy the Christmas songs.
Make Your Own Christmas Cards.
As you set out to visit neighbours, relatives and friends this Christmas why not consider bringing a Trócaire Gift: log on to http://www.trocaire.org/gifts.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
Make a point of going to Confession as a family during Advent. A special celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation for all the Parishes of the Tallaght area will take place in St Mary’s, The Priory, Tallaght Village, on Tuesday 10th December at 7.30 pm.
Click on the following links to access various Christmas and Nativity Stories
Advent Explained in 2 minutes
The Digital Nativity
Advent for Children