Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
May 24, 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

Third Sunday of Advent

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

  • We are called to live the promise of our Baptism each day and be signs of Jesus’ presence in the world. Ask each family member to tell how he or she can be a sign of Jesus to others. Together, decide on a family project for this week, such as preparing a meal for a family that has experienced hardship or is new in the community.
  • For your family prayer one day this week, place a bowl of water in a central location in your home. Have family members come to the water and bless themselves in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As they do this, remind them of their Baptismal promise to be examples of God’s love in the world. Conclude with the Lord’s Prayer.
  • This is the Third Sunday of Advent, a day to rejoice. Do a fun activity with the family, such as sledding, making cookies, or driving together to see the holiday lights.
  • Light three candles (two purple and one pink) on the Advent wreath. Have each family member offer a prayer of thanks for someone who has shown the presence of Christ by his or her love, patience, or forgiveness. Conclude by praying the Lord’s Prayer together.