Do It Yourself Advent – Week 3

Dec. 6, 2013, edition Week 3 — Dec. 15 The following Advent wreath prayer for the third week of Advent is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, to be used by groups of adults or adults with children. Sharing the…

Do It Yourself Advent – Week 2

Week 2 — Dec. 8 The following Advent wreath prayer for the second week of Advent is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, to be used by groups of adults or adults with children. Sharing the task of proclaiming the…

A modern heir to St. Nicholas

Dec. 6, 2013, edition By Jerry Costello For The Christophers Father Joseph Marquis knows all about Christmas. But — and this is the part that might surprise you a little bit — he knows all about Santa Claus. At a time when many in the church downplay the role of Santa and the gifting tradition…

All I want for Christmas is . . .

Time’s a-wastin’ – better read this tongue-in-cheek pre-Christmas message now Dec. 6, 2013, edition By Bob Zyskowski No one, as yet, has asked for my Christmas list. Black Friday has come and gone. Small Business Saturday has past. Even Cyber Monday was over as the clock ticked past 11:59 p.m. into plain old Tuesday this week,…

Books on Advent enhance prayer life and the spirit of holiday season

Nov. 22, 2013, edition By Ann Jonas For The Visitor To help readers spiritually prepare for the Advent and Christmas season, some notable books have recently been published. All of them can be used again for another Advent season, as they are not specific to this church year. They offer us some wonderful options to…

Do It Yourself Advent

Week 1 — Dec. 1 The following Advent wreath prayer is intended to help busy households make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations. The language is fairly simple, to be used by groups of adults or adults with children. Sharing the task of proclaiming the readings will allow for participation by a variety of members of the…