Lay Ecclesial Ministry
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Resources for the Season of Advent
A range of resources have been prepared to assist parishes with their preparations for Advent:
Promise and mission: an overview of the Gospel of Matthew
Matthew’s Gospel was written in about AD85–90, a couple of decades after the Roman destruction of the Jewish temple. It was probably written in Antioch in Syria, a volatile region at the crossroads of various trade routes, with a long—and sadly ongoing—history of conflict and oppression.
Christmas Postcard Templates
Perfect for advertising your parish’s Christmas mass times and inviting the locals to join the celebrations.
Daily Advent Reflections
Join the Advent 2019 mailing list and receive these brief and insightful daily reflections, designed to help you keep the 'holy space' of Advent. Sign up now to receive the first reflection on Sunday 1 December.
Christmas Pull-up Banners
Some parishes have their mission/vision statement prominently placed at the entrance to their church to promote a sense of community and mission. These special Advent and Christmas themed banner templates can be printed at your local Officeworks and used to help welcome people as they enter Christmas celebrations.
‘The Advent of Grace’ has been prepared to support reflection as we move into the period of Advent. These reflections have been prepared with the Gospel of the Sunday as the focus and offer an opportunity for individuals and/or groups to read, reflect and pray.
Christmas real estate boards
Parishes wanting to display their Christmas mass times can choose from a selection of artwork templates and insert their own information and logo. All you need to do is contact your local real estate agent to help sponsor the board!
Advent Wreath Blessing
This blessing for the Advent wreath is adapted from
Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers
© 1989 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
This prayer, "Make Room for Emmanuel" is by Joyce Rupp and is taken from her book,
Prayer Seeds: A Gathering of Blessings, Reflections and Poems for Spiritual Growth
(Ave Maria Press).