Online Advent Calendar & Resource

This year, the Irish Catholic Bishops have an Advent Calendar & resource on their website.  This is a wonderful tool to have for Advent, and you are encouraged to link into it during this special season.  www.catholicbishops.ie/advent-calendar is the link to use.

The calendar will include:

  • The words of Pope Francis’s taken from his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), his daily homilies from Casa Santa Marta and his Twitter feed;
  • Mass readings of the day;
  • Advent videos: blessing of the crib in the home, blessing of the advent wreath in the home, prayer when lighting the lights on the Christmas tree, family table prayer;
  • Advent music;
  • information on saints during the Advent such as Saint Nicholas on 6 December;
  • video and text reflections from Pope Francis and Irish bishops (The Creed, The Liturgy etc)
  • family prayers (mother and child, children, grandparents, parents and godparents);
  • prayers for the season: for families in need, for those suffering neglect and violence, for Irish emigrants, for those in prison, for those who are sick, for Christians suffering in the Middle East and Iraq and for those in difficulty here in Ireland;
  • Tweets from individuals, parishes, Irish Church agencies and from the Vatican;
  • resources for Advent and Christmas from Veritas;
  • Events in dioceses and parishes;
  • information on Trócaire’s Global Gifts for 2014;
  • Food Bank Appeals from around the country such as Crosscare in Dublin and information on the work of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul;
  • Christmas messages from Irish bishops in preparation for the Nativity of our Lord

A new feature on this year’s Advent Calendar will be an audio Thought for Today which will be voiced by a different contributor each of the days of Advent and will reflect themes of the Advent season. Contributors include Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Father Michael Drumm, Chair of the Catholic Schools Partnership, staff from the councils, agencies and offices of the Bishops’ Conference for example ACCORD and Trócaire and some children from Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools. These audio reflections will be available on the pages of the Advent Calendar on catholicbishops.ie as well as on http://audioboom.com/IrishCatholicBishops.