Children's Ministry

Liturgical + Seasonal


Advent Resources 

A Catholic Family Advent book

Catholic News Agency: Saints of Advent

Cultivating Gratitude: Carrying Gratitude into Advent/Becky Eldredge

Loyola Press

Our Sunday Visitor

Pflaum Advent Resources

The Pastoral Center Coaching Parents on Advent

RCL Benziger


St. Nicholas Center

Strong Catholic Family Advent Resources

Using your advent wreath


Catholic Family Websites:


Editor Margaret DeMatteo offers an ages-and-stages approach to the liturgical season with awesome craft and activity ideas, reflection questions, prayer and more. This site is perfect for catechists, homeschoolers, moms and more; be sure to bookmark this page on your browser.


True to its name, this site offers a plethora of tips, tools and reference materials for Catholic moms. Daily features include the Daily Gospel Reflections, Tech Talk and Book Notes. On Sunday, new Lectionary-based activities are posted, and there is a weekly giveaway of Catholic resources. Founded by popular speaker and writer Lisa Hendey, offers moms various ways to connect and build community by joining in book-club discussions or the Small Success linkups.


Kid time is all about finding something to do in 20-minute increments; the smaller your kids the shorter their attention span. One great way to pass the time — and give your faith a boost — is to visit This website is loaded with kid-friendly crafts for the beginner all the way up to the pro. Lacy Rabideau offers clear instructions and numerous ideas for tiny hands.


This site offers family activities, seasonal crafts, reading recommendations and more. Updated often, Monica McConkey also provides links to other sites (such as Pinterest), excellent Catholic resources and family-friendly catechetical materials. Equipping Catholic Families shares plenty of ways to involve your whole family in actively being Catholic.


This hip and timely site offers recipes, food blogs, cooking tips and more, all within the context of our Catholic faith. Jeff Young’s goal is to us understand “how food — good food — can be a sign of God’s love and care for each of us and our families.” Food brings families together. Be sure to bookmark this site for the seasons of Advent and Lent and any time you’re looking for fresh and wholesome family recipes.


Catholic family life is an opportunity to recognize the grace of God in daily living. Choose a link  for ideas on how to nurture your family’s faith.


This website was created by catechetical and evangelization staff from the Catholic dioceses of Jefferson City, MO (Jim Kemna, now retired); San Jose, CA (Wendy Scherbart, now retired); and St. Petersburg, FL (Diane Kledzik) to provide parish and school leaders with high quality resources to build strong Catholic families.  All three came together through their involvement with the Strong Catholic Families Strong Catholic Youth initiative, in May 2012. Denise Utter from the Diocese of Joliet, IL, joined the team in 2014, sharing her passion for building strong Catholic families and increasing their social media presence. All four collaborators are members of theNational Conference for Catechetical Leadership, (NCCL).