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This year, Advent begins on Sunday, December 3, 2023, and will end on Saturday, December 24, 2023. This means the fourth week of Advent will be just a day! Advent will go by even faster than usual, so preparation is key to making the most of this time.

To prepare for the beautiful celebration of Advent, let us reflect on the most wonderful gift we could ever receive.

Closed Doors, Open Windows: 4th Sunday of Advent = Love

The True Meaning of the Advent Season

The word Advent originates from a Latin word “Adventus” which means “coming” or “arrival.” Advent Season is focused on preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ in all ways, from His birth in the past to His Second Coming in the future as the Messiah.

Advent is a meaningful season that reminds us of the reality of Jesus Christ and that He has come and He is present in our world and lives. As the greatest gift we could ever receive, God sent himself in human form as Jesus.

We have attached some family activities, prayers and reflections you may wish to share at home. The CAFOD Advent calendar and the Mission Together website both explore many world issues and we are using these in school to remind children of our quest to care for our common home.

We light our advent candles of hope, peace, love and joy and keep in our minds that we are stronger together and we have one common factor… the love of Jesus.

Please click on the links below for advent activities and reflections. We wish you all a holy and peaceful advent season.


Digital Advent Calendar – Mission Together

Advent calendar for children (