Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York


Celebrating Advent well requires preparation in advance, so the Family Life Office posts resources and tips to help families with their celebration of Advent.

On the left side of this page you will find a great deal of information that can help you to celebrate Advent. 

The Church has a 3-year rotation of readings to be used at Mass during Advent.  2019 is Cycle A, 2020 is Cycle B, and 2021 is Cycle C.  You can find activities related to the Advent Mass readings for each cycle.

If you are wondering when to put up your Christmas tree, where you can purchase a Nativity Set, or why we put our shoes out on December 5th, you can find it here!  Whether you are looking for prayers, activities, background information or helpful hints, you are likely to find what you are interested in here.  If you don’t find what you’re looking for, let me know by emailing me at startaglia@rcdony.org.

The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, "to come to." Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a time for preparation for the celebration of the long-awaited coming of Christ. Advent is celebrated over the 4 Sundays preceding Christmas and can begin as early as November 27th or as late as December 3rd.

The celebration of Advent is rich in rituals and symbolism and is one of the best times for parents to help their families grow closer to God. The traditions that families establish during Advent build lasting memories and are an easy way for parents to catechize their children. Advent celebrated well helps children learn that the real meaning of the season is the coming of Christ, and it strengthens the family’s resolve not to get swept away by the secularized focus on materialism at this time of year.