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1 John Roberto, LifelongFaith Associates

2 Journey through Advent Focusing Questions  How can we develop a parish plan for integrating social justice and global perspectives in the Advent Season?  How can we connect Advent in the parish with the home and daily life of people?

3 Social Justice in Advent  Liturgy & the Lectionary - Cycle B: Isaiah 61:1-2, “Glad tidings to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, liberty to captives, release to prisoners” “Wrapped in a mantle of justice…”  Sacraments Sacrament of Reconciliation  Rituals & Traditions Las Posadas & Homeless/Refugees Our Lady of Guadalupe & Solidarity Christmas Music  Service Projects Giving Tree / Gifts & Care for the Poor Clothing & Food Drives & Care for the Poor

4 Connecting Parish-Home-Online Parish Community Home & Daily Life Online Digital

5 Social Justice Theme Justice Theme throughout Advent – Cycle B  Parish-wide theme – “Wrapped in a Mantle of Justice” Isaiah 61:1-2, (Week #3) “Glad tidings to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, liberty to captives, release to prisoners” “Wrapped in a mantle of justice…”  Woven through... Catechesis Prayer Reconciliation Service Rituals & Traditions Service Sunday Worship  Local and Global Perspective  Connecting Parish -- Home – Online

6 Parish Plan for Advent Parish-wide Advent Festival -Prepare all ages by immersing them in Advent “content” -Engage people in an Advent justice/service project Catechetical Programming -Session in children & youth programming -Adult large group presentation & small group session Worship-Homily, Music, Prayer of the Faithful Justice & Service -Giving Tree: Gifts for children and families locally + globally (CRS Gift of Hope Tree) -Clothing and food drives locally & CRS Gift of Hope globally -Alternative Christmas Gifts Fair (CRS Fair Trade Items) Rituals & Prayer -Our Lady of Guadalupe – Solidarity (across cultures and with the poor): international cultures festival – foods, music, stories and videos, art Reconciliation Service -Highlight Christian responsibility to the poor and vulnerable

7 An Advent Festival “Wrapped in a Mantle of Justice” (Isaiah 61) 1.All Ages Experience – Advent Wreath on each table – Advent prayer service focused on Isaiah 61 – Introduction to Advent (“Advent in 2 minutes”) – Reflection on being a “mantle of justice” – All ages sharing

8 An Advent Festival 2.Small Group Sessions – Gift of Hope Tree Activity (Children & Parents) – Poverty Today, Call to Justice, and Isaiah 61 (Teens) – Wrapped in a Mantle of Justice (Adults) 3.Justice/Service Projects for Advent – Local and Global Projects – Commitment to Action 4.Closing Prayer – Each person receives a “stole” of white or red representing the “mantle of justice” Resource:

9 Connecting Parish-Home-Online Parish Community Home & Daily Life Online Digital

10 A Home & Daily Life Plan 1.Praying – Weekly Advent Reflections (CRS) – Daily Prayers for Advent – Advent Devotional Journal – Prayers for the Advent Wreath – Prayer for Our Lady of Guadalupe (CRS) – Nativity Scene Prayer (CRS) 2.Celebrating Rituals – Weekly Table Rituals for Advent & Christmas – Jesse Tree – Advent Wreath

11 A Home & Daily Life Plan 3.Serving – Advent Service Projects: local and global – Adopting a Family or Project (local and CRS) – Alternative Gift-Giving (CRS) – Adopting Fair Trade Products for Home 4.Learning – Advent Calendar – Reading a Bible Verse Daily (daily lectionary) – Conversation on the “Question of the Week” – Listening to a Podcast – Watching a Video – Reading Advent/Christmas Storybooks

12 Connecting Parish-Home-Online Parish Community Home & Daily Life Online Digital

13 An Online Advent Plan Busted Halo

14 An Advent Online Plan

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16 An Advent Social Media Plan

17 Connecting Parish-Home-Online Parish Community Home & Daily Life Online Digital


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