Advent Toolkit

During Advent, we prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming. We pray and reflect individually, with our families and in our faith communities. This year, we celebrate Advent during the Share the Journey campaign led by Pope Francis, which calls the Church around the world to reach out to our immigrant and refugee neighbors. As we reflect on how Mary and Joseph welcomed Jesus into the world in a stable, we remember in a special way families who are on the road around the world looking for shelter—especially during the winter months.

The following activities, videos and prayers will help faith communities to encounter the experience of our immigrant and refugee neighbors, and through it, find new meaning in the Journey of the Holy Family.

Activities:
Las Posadas Toolkit With Stories of Migrants (Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Inc.)
Diocesan Program Idea: Archdiocese of Washington “Walk with Mary”

Videos:
Holy Family in the Midst of Refugee Crisis

Las posadas y la fe

Prayers:
Gracious Lord, Child of Bethlehem
 — En Español
When Every Night is Winter — En Español

Digital Reflections: 
Digital Advent Meditation: The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary With Reflections on Refugees En Español
Digital Advent Retreat: Holy Family, Refugee Family

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec 12) resources:
Backgrounder — En Español
Prayer — En Español

Gifts:
Ethically traded Share the Journey socks. 20 percent of the proceeds are donated to support Catholic Relief Services’ work with immigrants and refugees.

How Can I Help?

Give to the US

Support migrants and refugees in the United States by giving to CCUSA.

Give Overseas

Reach out to migrants and refugees abroad by giving to Catholic Relief Services.

Share the Love

Use social media to inspire others to love our neighbors everywhere.

Your neighbors live across the street and the country, across oceans and hemispheres. As millions of God’s children flee war, persecution and poverty, Pope Francis, Caritas Internationalis, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, and Catholic Relief Services invite you to share their journey by walking with them in prayer and support.

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