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Within the cycle of a year, moreover, the Church unfolds the whole mystery of Christ, from the incarnation and birth until the ascension, the day of Pentecost, and the expectation of blessed hope and of the coming of the Lord.

Thanksgiving:

This is a PDF document Thanksgiving Prayer Service from the National Confererence of Catholic Bishops.
This is a PDF document A Thanksgiving Blessing Mix Recipe used to symbolize the meaning behind Thanksgiving Day.

 


Advent:

Advent Resources and Blogs

External Link Make your own: templates for creating an Advent Calendar of your own.

External Link Advent Retreat: a retreat you can take online each day from the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis.
External Link Busted Halo Advent Calendar
External Link Caritas Advent Calendar: interactive Advent calendar has a reflection and prayer for every day.
External Link Catholic Relief Services Advent Resources: reflect on the journey that brought Mary and Joseph to the stable and call to mind all those that continue to encounter poverty in their own daily journeys.
External Link Darkness is My Mother: an Advent Blog by Sister Baya Clare, CSJ, and imaginative, participative Christian prayer and reflection in the Ignatian tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
External Link Free Christmas Advent Calendar iOS App for Christian Kids and Schools
External Link Institute for Christian Formation (ICF) Advent Calendar.
External Link Loyola Press Advent Calendar: online and print version for children.
External Link Advent O Antiphons: Advent reflections based on O antiphons, titles for Jesus each day during the season.
External Link Pray as You Go: Advent Retreat in podcast form
External Link St. Margaret Mary Parish Advent Calendar
External Link Xt3 Advent Calendar: Open a calendar door each day for an Advent resource.

External Link About the Advent Season and its Traditions: prayers and customs.
External Link Advent Music: a collection of music for the Advent Season.
External Link Advent Resources from the Catholic News Agency.
External Link Advent and Christmas resources from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
External Link Advent Resources: from Catholic Online.
External Link Advent Family Resources: from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

From catechetical publishers:

External Link Loyola Press features resources on  the advent wreath, O Antiphons and more.
External Link Catholic Digest offers some Advent themed articles.
External Link Sadlier Religion has resources available about the season.
External Link 4CatholicEducators.com has numerous Advent resources, including music.

Saint Nicholas Day (December 6):

External Link Blessing of the Candy Canes: The candy cane is a treat often associated with Saint Nicholas

 


Christmas:

External Link Advent and Christmas resources from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops
This is a PDF document  Blessing for a Christmas Tree: a prayer to bless the family tree.
This is a PDF document  Blessing for a Creche: a prayer to bless the family's nativity scene.
External Link Christmas Proclamation: a meditation on the historical reality of the birth of Christ.
External Link Celebrating the Christmas Season: free downloadable and printable activities, prayers, and more for celebrating the season from RCL Benziger.
External Link Blessing of Home, School, Classroom for Epiphany: the blessing of homes, classrooms and other spaces is an old custom for Epiphany.


Lent:

Lenten Resources:

External Link Ignatian Spirituality: Lenten resources and ideas for prayer and other spiritual practices. 
External Link Lenten FAQ's: from americancatholic.org
External Link Lenten Resources from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
External Link Lenten Fast Facts: background information on Lent and Lenten practices.
External Link Lenten Podcasts: weekly reflections in audio and hardcopies from the Catholic Health Association.
External Link Lent and Holy Week 2014 Resources: Enrich your children's journey through Lent and Holy Week with these free, printable activities and prayer services for your classroom.
External Link Living Lent Daily: features prayers, thoughts and more each day to inspire you throughout your Lenten journey. A new article will become available daily throughout Lent. From Loyola Press.
External Link Journey through Lent with Fr. Robert Barron: Fr. Barron sends daily Lenten reflections right to your inbox
External Link The Passion and Death of Jesus by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.
External Link Operation Rice Bowl: a Lenten faith formation program from Catholic Relief Services that helps us to live in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable around the world.
External Link Lent 4.5:  a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment.
External Link Lenten Film Series: a new media way to observe Lent.  Starts on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Each episode features a short film, or clip from a film (e.g. The Way) or TV series (Joan of Arcadia) that looks at a theme from that particular week of Lent drawn from the liturgical readings. There are reflection questions and interviews with the filmmaker. Featuring Rose Pacatte, FSP.
External Link Soul-Nourishing Practices for Lent: the traditional practices can be seen as soul-full habits. Just as one doesn’t pray for forty days and then cease until next Lent, so should our efforts at fasting become ingrained ways of practicing our faith.  Free downloads from Sadlier.
External Link 20 Weird Lenten Ideas and 25 Creative Lenten Ideas: from LifeTeen.

Stations of the Cross:

External Link nyfaithformation.org Stations of the Cross 
External Link Children and Family Stations of the Cross by the Passionate Missionaries
External Link Franciscan Action Network Stations: written for ecological conversion.  English Spanish
External Link Meditations for the Stations of the Cross written by Trappist André Louf 
External Link Way Of The Cross At The Colosseum led by Pope Benedict XVI
External Link Stations of the Cross by Creighton University's Collaborative Ministry Office
External Link Praying the Way of the Cross with St. Paul of the Cross
External Link Stations of the Cross from EWTN
External Link Virtual Stations of the Cross from Busted Halo.


Easter:

External Link All About Holy Saturday: history, information, prayers, images and traditions of Holy Saturday.
External Link Holy Thursday: What is Holy Thursday? A video from Rome Reports.
External Link Jesus' Journey to Calvary: a group (family or class) activity about the last days of Jesus.
External Link Trampling Down Death: resources from Catechist Magazine for family and class Easter celebrations 


Other:

Follow Link ---> Loyola Press offers a variety of free online resources for the seasons of the Church's year. 
Follow Link ---> Halloween: what is the history and origin of some of the practices of All Hallow's Eve.