A Great Tradition for Kids! Making Small Sacrifices for the Baby Jesus During Advent

Baby Jesus Creche

Advent is known as “little Lent,” and prayer, alms, and sacrifices are an important part of the season. To help children participate in the true purpose of Advent (rather than treating it selfishly as a countdown to getting their presents on Christmas day), a visual teaching aid is most helpful.

For each small sacrifice or good deed done by a child during Advent, a piece of straw is added into the manger or creche. On Christmas day the Baby Jesus figure is placed inside the creche, and the prayers and sacrifices symbolized by the pieces of straw have added up to prepare Him a comfortable place to rest. This visually symbolizes the room for Jesus that we have prepared in our hearts by making sacrifices and doing good deeds for others.

Don’t Start Christmas without Advent: Here’s Everything You Need to Know!

Christmas starts with Advent

Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year for the Roman Catholic Church. On the first day of Advent, which begins this year on December 1st, the Church celebrates its New Year’s Day. The date for the beginning of Advent falls each year on the Sunday closest to November 30th – the feast day of Saint Andrew the Apostle.

How to Add a Touch of Faith into Your Office Space

Adding Catholic art to your office space

Take a quick look around your office. How many reminders of your faith do you have?

Whether in the home or away from home, many of us spend a lot of time working in our office. There is no better way to be inspired to offer up your prayer and work to God every day (that is, to sanctify your daily work) than to have reminders of your faith in your work space. Over the course of our lives, it is one of the main places where our small, ordinary acts will add up to make us more or less holy:

Journey Through Advent: Our Top 3 Advent Prayer Books

Advent Catholic Missal

The way the Church has embarked on this spiritual journey, this pilgrimage of the heart, is through the daily Mass readings and the Divine Office. Reading the Daily Mass readings with your Roman Missal or the Divine Office with your own Liturgy of the Hours set are both great ways to celebrate the Advent season. But if you want more of a personal devotional to use, then Advent prayer books is what you’d want to choose. Here are three of the most popular choices for using a book for meditations and prayers this Advent season.

Three Sacramentals Instituted by the Blessed Virgin Mary

3 Sacramentals Given to the Faithful by the Blessed Virgin Mary

From time to time Mary has given certain holy saints a particular devotion to her with attached graces and promises. The devotion is meant to be spread to the whole Church. In some cases an object, or sacramental, is given to be associated with the devotion. Three very famous sacramentals given to the Church by Mary are the holy rosary, the brown scapular, and the miraculous medal.

How to Follow the Daily Mass Readings

how to follow the daily mass readings

Did you know that if you follow along with the Mass readings every day of the week, you’ll have read through almost the entire Catholic bible every three years? One of the best ways to follow along with the Mass readings is to use a Daily Roman Missal. Following along with the daily Mass readings (even when you don’t go to daily Mass) is an excellent way for Catholics to commit to a Bible reading plan and grow in the knowledge of Sacred Scripture. Who couldn’t use more of this in their life?

First Holy Communion Gift Guide – Printable PDF

First Communion Gift Guide PDF

It’s that time of year again – First Holy Communion season!

First Holy Communion is the ideal time to teach children the love and reverence they should bear towards the Blessed Sacrament. The faith that you instill in their hearts during this time will stay with them for the rest of their lives. It will be a future comfort and strength in times of trial, keeping them grounded in the love of Christ that is always there for them in Holy Communion.

Our RCIA Gift Guide: Heaven Will Be Celebrating These New Catholics, and So Should You!

RCIA GIFT GUIDE The Catholic Company

Because receiving God’s saving grace through the Sacraments is something to be celebrated, everyone coming into the Church should receive a keepsake or a memento of the special occasion (especially from their sponsors and any Catholic family members). Preferably something that will help them to grow in their faith as new Catholics. Every new convert should have that sacramental, whether it be a crucifix, a rosary, or a prayer book, that they can look at with gratefulness and say, “I received this gift when I became Catholic.” It will always be a reminder for them of all the graces they received that helped bring them home to the Catholic Church.