ADVENT and CHRISTMAS 2016

ADVENT 2016
 
As Catholic Christians, we too spend our lives waiting. But we are waiting for something much bigger than a trip, bigger even than retirement or a wedding: We are waiting for the return of Jesus in glory. Advent heightens this sense of waiting, because it marks not only our anticipation of Jesus’ final coming, but also our remembrance of his arrival into our world more than 2,000 years ago.
Overwhelmed by the demands of the season, we can wait for Jesus in a state of anxiety, or cynicism, or harried indifference toward the miracle that is upon us. Or we can take our cue from the prayer we hear every Sunday and “wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.” Welcoming Jesus into our homes and our hearts, full of hope and joy, prepares us to properly celebrate Jesus’ birth and anticipate his return.
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Please download some of our resources to use school
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Lectio from Prof  Seamus O’Connell
Really love the CAFOD Advent Calander this year … just so engaging and full of depth and challenge
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Other resources
An Assembly :
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Wonderful new Assembly Susan has written.  Suitable for senior class students.
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New Christmas Prayer to the Holy Family
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 Jesus, Mary and Joseph, 

in you we contemplate 
the splendor of true love; 
to you we turn with trust. 

Holy Family of Nazareth, 
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer, 
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again experience
violence, rejection and division;
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth, 
make us once more mindful 
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, 
and its beauty in God’s plan. 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.

Amen.

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