The Joy of Waiting – Advent

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Advent Message 2018 from Diocese of St. Petersburg on Vimeo.

Starting the Church’s liturgical year, Advent is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

Advent is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas).

Here are resources to help you make the most of this season of waiting in joyful hope for our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Strong Catholic Families Resources for Parishes & Schools

Strong Catholic Families Resources for Families

Celebrating Advent as a Family

Advent Resources from the USCCB and Advent Calendar
CRS Digital Advent Calendar
Printable Advent Calendar English
Printable Advent Calendar Spanish
First Sunday of Advent Bulletin Insert
Second Sunday of Advent Bulletin Insert
Third Sunday of Advent Bulletin Insert

Send In Your Advent Photos
We invite you to share photos of how you and/or your parish prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ. Photos will be shared in a special online photo album posted on the diocesan website and Facebook page. Please email your photos to or publicly post them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #DOSPAdvent.  Photos will be added to the album as they are received throughout Advent.