Dear Lord,
Advent is a time of waiting for the arrival of your Son, Jesus.
Guide us to prepare our hearts through small acts of kindness.
Help us to forgive those who have hurt us.
Open our hearts that we might see You in the everyday.

To prepare for the beautiful celebration of Advent, let us reflect on the most wonderful gift we could ever receive.

We enjoyed an Advent service with our cluster of schools. Our theme was ‘hope’. Here we are with our St.Francis friends…

The True Meaning of the Advent Season

The word Advent originates from a Latin word “Adventus” which means “coming” or “arrival.” Advent Season is focused on preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ in all ways, from His birth in the past to His Second Coming in the future as the Messiah.

Advent is a meaningful season that reminds us of the reality of Jesus Christ and that He has come and He is present in our world and lives. As the greatest gift we could ever receive, God sent himself in human form as Jesus.

The Solemnity Of The Annunciation | Pope Francis Daily

When Mary was told she was the chosen one, she was frightened but gracious and accepting. In a world where we need hope, peace, joy and love more than ever, we may feel frightened but we continue to have faith in Jesus and support others. We think about our global family and pray for the millions of people face hunger, sadness, loneliness, extreme poverty or struggles in life. Let’s reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters around the world with our prayers, liturgies and reflections.

We light our advent candles of hope, peace, love and joy and keep in our minds that we are stronger together and we have one common factor… the love of Jesus.

We wish you all a peaceful Christmas.


Below you will find a link to CAFOD resources to reflect as a family over the break.