Gaudete Sunday begins the third week of Advent….so rejoice!

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

Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, 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.

For Bishop Malooly’s Christmas schedule, click here.

For a schedule of Posada and Christmas and New Year Masses in Spanish, click here.

AmericanCatholic.org’s Advent web page features Advent e-cards, Advent activities for families, videos, reflections and more. Visit AmericanCatholic.org here.

Fr. Michael Murray, OSFS, shares reflections for each week of Advent. Click here for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Spirituality Matters webpage.

Sign up on  today at AdventReflections.com, to receive FREE daily reflections from Father Robert Barron throughout Advent this year.  Each day, from November 30 until Christmas Eve (December 24), Fr. Barron will email a short reflection on an Advent theme, in either English or Spanish.

Get the Free Advent & Christmas Mobile App from Family Rosary, here.

CRS Fair Trade invites you to reflect on the journey that brought Mary and Joseph to the stable—and to call to mind all those communities around the world that continue to encounter poverty in their own daily journeys.  Click here.

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(Advent wreath courtesy of St. Mary of the Assumption, Hockessin, DE)