Advent Resources

  • Dynamic Catholic invites you to sign up via email for this free daily video program by Matthew Kelly that will help you prepare for Christmas like never before.

  • Join Chris Stefanick from Real Life Catholic alongside Cardinal-elect Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household for Saint Pope John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict, and Pope Francis, for a FREE online 26-day retreat.

  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers a downloadable Advent calendar to help bring you inspiration and reflection this season, as well as an extensive list of tips and suggestions for Advent.

Mercy Conference and Retreat Center

  • Advent message and resources from Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, including an online Advent Retreat from Dec. 7-9 from 7:30-8:30 that will be livestreamed to the Diocese Facebook page.

  • This guide from World Vision is for you to use and to share with others as a way of focusing, in the midst of the chaos, on the One who really matters. Jesus.

  • The Jefferson City News Tribune keeps a comprehensive running list of activities and events going on around town – everything from art gallery shows to classes to concerts (some live, some livestreamed) – and many of these things are free. Celebrate the season with your community by taking advantage of some of the options available in and around Jefferson City.

  • If you're creative (or would like to be!), check out these unique Advent calendar ideas from Better Homes & Gardens that you can make with just a few simple supplies and a little free time.

Reach Out

  • Many are in need in our community, neighborhood, family or even in our own home. Maybe this year more than ever, Think of ways you can reach out to someone each day of Advent. Need some ideas? Here are a few:

Take cookies to a local fire station.

Donate a toy (Toys For Tots drop-off sites, Santa's Workshop of the Samaritan Center, local Head Start agencies).

Donate hats/mittens (several local businesses offer free coats on racks outside their stores - offer to donate to them).

Make holiday cards for nursing home residents.

Help an elderly or shut-ins family member or neighbor with housework.

Make a card for service professionals in your life (hairdresser, mail carrier, trash pickup employees, dog groomer, etc.)

Make an ornament for a friend.

Call or text someone who has lost a family member this year; this may be their first Christmas without that beloved person.

Donate funds to a favorite charity (many have online giving, so just check out their websites).

Say thank you to those who keep us safe (police officers, school crossing guards, animal control personnel, those in the military).

When you run across a sale at the grocery store, buy an extra item to donate (Samaritan Center barrels in hall at church).