Advent Family Faith resources available

November 17, 2021

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How do you talk to your kids about Advent?

Find for a wealth of ideas and suggestions for little ones to teenagers.

The Diocese of Des Moines, in conjunction with the St. Joseph Educational Center, has created Advent family resources that offer hands-on activities, suggestion conversation topics for the dinner table, and more.

“These simple ideas provide meaning to family traditions while incorporating prayer and acts of kindness,” said John Gaffney, diocesan director of Evangelization and Catechesis.

There are three parts to the resources:

  • Living Advent provides how-to guides with opportunities for the whole family.
  • Advent Faith Conversations offer a brief adult reflection and daily questions to spark family conversations of faith around the Advent wreath or dinner table. A short family prayer is included.
  • Additional resources include a blessing for the Advent wreath, a family prayer called Making Room for Jesus, a family Advent chart to plot out activities during the season, Fostering Faith at Home suggests ways to live acts of love at home, a Jesse Tree Bible study guide, a Los Posadas neighborhood outreach family activity book, and a list of feast days that occur during Advent.

Watch for a weekly video and social media posts to help spur prayer and Advent activities in your home this season.