Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
June 16, 2024


The twofold character of Advent calls us to prepare for the remembering of the Word made Flesh at Christmas, and directs us to wait with alertness for Jesus’ second coming.

Activity of the Week

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Choose one of the following activities as a way to further reflect on the Sunday readings:

  • Set up the Christmas crèche, if you haven’t already done so. Ask a member of the family to offer a blessing prayer that reflects the joy and peace of the season. Talk about how your family will ensure that your holiday celebration will be a joyous event, focusing on the real meaning of Christmas.
  • Look at your children’s baby pictures with them. Tell them what a blessing they were when they were born, and what a blessing they will always be. Share with them some joyful memories such as their first tooth, their first steps, etc.
  • Plan a time to gather the family together around the Christmas tree. Light the tree and ask each family member to reflect on a time when he or she has known the presence of the Holy Spirit. Allow time for family members to share their experiences.
  • Discuss what joys and blessings your family has experienced in the past year. Ask each member of the family to share how each other member of the family has been a blessing or brought them joy in the past year.