The season of Advent marks the beginning of the Catholic new year and the time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. It is a time of waiting, conversion and hope – Archbishop Eamon Martin.
"Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time. As Christians, we must always be prepared for the coming of the Lord." – Archbishop Eamon Martin.
Schools and families can enjoy an Advent calendar for children, Advent teaching resources for schools and homes, and enter a Christmas-themed colouring competition.
An opportunity to “reflect on the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland last August when he invited us to welcome Christ in the bits and pieces, the ordinary moments of everyday life” – Archbishop Eamon Martin.
Each day of Advent amounts to a period of time which allows us to journey and reflect on the joy of the Gospel.
“This year, the beginning of our Catholic new year will coincide with our preparations for a Jubilee Year of Mercy."
New features incorporated into the calendar include a ‘Thought for Today’ voiced by contributors including members of the hierarchy.
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Faithful urged to make time to pray alone and with loved ones during Advent.