Rejoice! Christmas is near!

Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.  The USCCB has many Advent resources, including an interactive Advent calendar, downloadable family Advent calendar, information about Advent wreathes, blessings for wreathes and Christmas trees and more.

Click here for the USCCB’s Advent web page.


Mary Body, Director of Religious Education for St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Hockessin, Delaware discussed ways for parents and grandparents to make Advent more meaningful for children and families on the November 26, 2017 edition of Catholic Forum. Listen here:

Diane Houdek discusses her book, “The Joy of Advent” on the December 3, 2017 episode of Catholic Forum. Listen here:

Catholic Forum is a production of the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington. Listen Sunday mornings at 9:05 on WAAI-FM 100.9 in Hurlock, Maryland or at 10:06 on WDEL 1150AM and 101.7FM in Wilmington or After the program airs on broadcast radio, it is available via podcast at or by searching Catholic Forum on Apple Podcasts or iHeartRadio Podcasts. Follow Catholic Forum on Facebook at

The kind folks at Relevant Radio, 640AM WWJZ, are airing an Advent/Christmas message from Bishop Malooly. Tune in to listen.


What is (and isn’t) Advent? Learn here in 2 minutes.

Join the Little Sisters of the Poor for their 2017 Advent video series, where they explore the issue of loneliness among the elderly, along with practical ways to reach out to them this Christmas. Don’t worry so much about shopping this year — instead, warm hearts with your presence! Click here.


Why (and How) to Return to Sunday Mass and Confession during Advent. Click here.

Check out the Advent resources from the Catholic Apostolate Center, here.


Click here for Bishop Malooly’s Advent and Christmas schedule.

For events from The Dialog’s Datebook, click here.