Advent Resources and Blogs
Make your own: templates for creating an Advent Calendar of your own.
Advent Retreat: a retreat you can take online each day from the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis.
Busted Halo Advent Calendar
Caritas Advent Calendar: interactive Advent calendar has a reflection and prayer for every day.
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.
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.
Free Christmas Advent Calendar iOS App for Christian Kids and Schools
Institute for Christian Formation (ICF) Advent Calendar.
Loyola Press Advent Calendar: online and print version for children.
Advent O Antiphons: Advent reflections based on O antiphons, titles for Jesus each day during the season.
Pray as You Go: Advent Retreat in podcast form
St. Margaret Mary Parish Advent Calendar
Xt3 Advent Calendar: Open a calendar door each day for an Advent resource.
About the Advent Season and its Traditions: prayers and customs.
Advent Music: a collection of music for the Advent Season.
Advent Resources from the Catholic News Agency.
Advent and Christmas resources from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Advent Resources: from Catholic Online.
Advent Family Resources: from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
From catechetical publishers:
Loyola Press features resources on the advent wreath, O Antiphons and more.
Catholic Digest offers some Advent themed articles.
Sadlier Religion has resources available about the season.
4CatholicEducators.com has numerous Advent resources, including music.
Saint Nicholas Day (December 6):
Blessing of the Candy Canes: The candy cane is a treat often associated with Saint Nicholas
Advent and Christmas resources from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops
Blessing for a Christmas Tree: a prayer to bless the family tree.
Blessing for a Creche: a prayer to bless the family's nativity scene.
Christmas Proclamation: a meditation on the historical reality of the birth of Christ.
Celebrating the Christmas Season: free downloadable and printable activities, prayers, and more for celebrating the season from RCL Benziger.
Blessing of Home, School, Classroom for Epiphany: the blessing of homes, classrooms and other spaces is an old custom for Epiphany.
Ignatian Spirituality: Lenten resources and ideas for prayer and other spiritual practices.
Lenten FAQ's: from americancatholic.org
Lenten Resources from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Lenten Fast Facts: background information on Lent and Lenten practices.
Lenten Podcasts: weekly reflections in audio and hardcopies from the Catholic Health Association.
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.
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.
Journey through Lent with Fr. Robert Barron: Fr. Barron sends daily Lenten reflections right to your inbox
The Passion and Death of Jesus by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20 Weird Lenten Ideas and 25 Creative Lenten Ideas: from LifeTeen.
Stations of the Cross:
nyfaithformation.org Stations of the Cross
Children and Family Stations of the Cross by the Passionate Missionaries
Franciscan Action Network Stations: written for ecological conversion. English Spanish
Meditations for the Stations of the Cross written by Trappist André Louf
Way Of The Cross At The Colosseum led by Pope Benedict XVI
Stations of the Cross by Creighton University's Collaborative Ministry Office
Praying the Way of the Cross with St. Paul of the Cross
Stations of the Cross from EWTN
Virtual Stations of the Cross from Busted Halo.
All About Holy Saturday: history, information, prayers, images and traditions of Holy Saturday.
Holy Thursday: What is Holy Thursday? A video from Rome Reports.
Jesus' Journey to Calvary: a group (family or class) activity about the last days of Jesus.
Trampling Down Death: resources from Catechist Magazine for family and class Easter celebrations