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Advent is the beginning of the Church's liturgical year and our season of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Advent prepares us to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's birth on Christmas as we consider the mystery of the incarnation, anticipate Christ's second coming at the end of time and look for the ways Jesus is born in our lives each day. In 2018, it begins on Sunday, Dec. 2nd.

The Catholic Health Association is pleased to annually provide resources to help those in the ministry of health care and even beyond consider the season of Advent and Christmas - their meaning and connections to their own lives. The 2018 set is authored by John "Jack" Shea, a consultant with decades of experience in providing theological and formation services to parishes and faith-based organizations. For 20 years he directed the Doctor of Ministry Program at St. Mary of the Lake University and for 10 years he was the executive director of the Leadership Formation Program in Catholic Health Care at the Ministry Leadership Center. He is also a theologian and storyteller who lectures nationally and internationally on storytelling in world religions, faith-based health care, contemporary spirituality and the spirit work movement.

Note to download the MP3 and Video file to your computer, right click on the title and select
"Save target as." If you just want to to listen to the podcast without downloading it to your computer you can just simply click on the link and it will play on your Media player (Windows Media and Quicktime Player are examples of Media players).

Download an Advent Reflections brochure from the Archdiocese of Chicago:

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is offering prayers on their website during this advent season. Please click on the links below to view:

Blessing of a Christmas Manger or Nativity Scene

The "O Antiphons" of Advent

Also available: Advent games and art fun for the kids: Download here

A Reflection for the First Week of Advent (Week of December 2nd)

A Reflection for the Second Week of Advent (Week of December 9th)

A Reflection for the Third Week of Advent (Week of December 16th)

A Reflection for the Fourth Week of Advent (Week of December 23rd)

A Reflection on Christmas (December 25th)