Waiting and hoping this Advent

What does Advent mean to you?

The word “advent” means an anticipation of the arrival of a person or an event. Advent is the season that reminds us of an arrival of something great. As a season in the Church, it is placed at the beginning of the Church year. It is the beginning of a new spiritual journey for each of us. We are reminded once again that the promise God made about our salvation has come. This promise is the true hope beyond any other hope we have. We build our traditions around this time to remind us of that great mystery of Christ’s coming for our salvation. (Read more.)

As parents, it's our responsibility to remind our Catholic kids that these weeks before Christmas mean more than decorations, cookies, parties and "I want" lists. It means teaching our children that Advent means not "wanting" or "whining," but rather "waiting" and "anticipating" the greatest gift of all -- not an XBox or an iPhone, but Jesus Christ, son of God, who came into this world to save us from our sin.

Take the time this Advent to pray with your children, read Scripture, go to Mass and slow down to savor, with great patience, the birth of Christ.

Many blessings this Advent and Christmas,

The Teaching Catholic Kids Staff

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K-Grade 5 Activity

Introduce a new prayer each week during Advent with this prayer cube. (Download PDF)

Grade 6 and Up Activity

Create these home crafted German cookie ornaments to help make your Christmas tree special and personal. (Download PDF)


As Christian stewards, we give thanks for the many gift God gives us. God’s greatest gift to us is Jesus! (Download PDF)

Lifelong Catechesis Corner

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. Choose one of the activities here to reflect on the Sunday reading.