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A Catholic Family Advent: Prayers and Activities

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For many families, the four weeks leading up to Christmas can be a time of great stress, unrealized dreams, a commercial blur, and a financial burden. Using A Catholic Family Advent on a daily basis will give Catholic families time together to pray, reflect on Scripture, and do a simple activity together. This daily source of inspiration can be used in the family setting as prayer before or after meals, as morning and evening prayer, or as family time in front of the Advent ...

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Overview

For many families, the four weeks leading up to Christmas can be a time of great stress, unrealized dreams, a commercial blur, and a financial burden. Using A Catholic Family Advent on a daily basis will give Catholic families time together to pray, reflect on Scripture, and do a simple activity together. This daily source of inspiration can be used in the family setting as prayer before or after meals, as morning and evening prayer, or as family time in front of the Advent wreath or Christmas crèche.

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"Susan Hines-Brigger has a way of making every day of Advent relevantÂ….It made me look forward not just to Christmas, but to Advent as well!" --Judy Zarick, author of Moved by Faith: Stories From American Catholic Radio

"The suggested activities are affordable, doable for a busy family, and focused not only on creating meaningful fun for the family but, as importantly, reaching out to the community beyond." --Elizabeth Bookser Barkley, author Life After Death: Practical Help for the Widowed, professor, and chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages at the College of Mount St. Joseph

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616364922
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 295,106
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN HINES-BRIGGER is managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger, for which she writes the "Catholic Mom Speaks" column. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and four children. She writes "Too Tired to Blog."

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  • Posted October 16, 2012

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    Creating family traditions

    A Catholic Family Advent, by Susan Hines-Brigger, overflows with out-of-the-box suggestions whose content and format are bound to appeal to Christian families of all varieties. The book is formatted in two-page spreads, one for every day from the first Sunday of Advent through Christmas. Each spread features a passage from scripture, reflection, discussion question, prayer, and activity. Colorful graphics symbolize modern and traditional practices. Even the youngest children can listen, pray along, and work on the activities with some help from parents. Those in upper elementary school and beyond will be able to participate more fully. Activities over the 29 days are geared to all levels of ability and interest. At home, the family can spend an evening by candlelight, prepare and serve a family dinner honoring its own holiday traditions, create ornaments and cards, and choose secret “buddies” to honor in various ways. Samples of ideas for reaching out include donating or raising funds for a charitable organization and bringing comfort to persons in need. The ideas here are sure to generate “spin-offs” that will become family traditions for future generations.

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