Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg


The Office of New Evangelization exists
To support parishes in forming
Joy-Filled, Intentional,
Missionary Disciples of Jesus Christ
So that On Fire with the Holy Spirit
They will be witnesses that
transform the culture around them.


You have found or bought new Advent candles for your wreath or perhaps you have gotten an Advent calendar, with or without chocolate, but you are looking to do something more to prepare for Advent. 

If possible, one thing you may want to consider is adding daily Mass to your schedule.  The advantage is that participating in daily Advent liturgies draws you deeper into the journey leading up to Christmas.  Daily Masses tend to be short (half an hour or so) with a relatively small number of people attending.  This allows for easy social distancing, yet it draws you into the community with this small group of people.   If participating in daily Mass isn’t an option for you, some parishes are still livestreaming daily Mass (for example Massena Catholic Community on Facebook  or check with your own parish) or via EWTN  or CatholicTV.  Alternatively, pray with the Mass readings each day.

Online Retreats:

If daily Mass is not an option, consider an online retreat.  Some of these are a single day with online conferences, some send daily short videos via email.  Others are self-guided online.

Here is a sampling:


Franciscan Sisters, TOR are offering an Advent Retreat : A one-day retreat with talks by Fr. Boniface Hicks, OSB and Sr. Elizabeth Beussink, TOR  that can be accessed on the Franciscan Sisters, TOR webpage on December 6. There is also a small virtual discussion group that you can sign up for.


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Advent A-Z Email Series: Each day for the 26 days of Advent, you will receive an email exploring seasonal themes following the alphabet for inspiration.  A Loyola Press resource.



Unshakeable Joy! A Daily Advent Retreat with Cardinal Raniero Cantalamesa and Chris Stefanick Sign up to receive daily videos and reflections for this joy-filled digital retreat that can be accessed on mobile, desktops or tablets.



Free Advent Retreat with Leah Darrow and Sr. Miriam James Heidland: A Live Advent retreat on November 28 from 10am to 2pm EST to prepare our hearts for Advent.  Registration is required. A premium option is available for $39 that includes bonus features, continued access to the videos as well as other premium content.

Have a blessed Advent.


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