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By John Bookser Feister

Celebrating Advent on the Web

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"We wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ." These words from the liturgy sum up the spirit of Advent. Advent is a great time to reflect on waiting, to reflect on joy, even in the midst of the world's pain. After all, the saving event of the Incarnation happened in a nation in a state of war, occupied and brutalized by the Romans.

Daily Scripture is a good starting point for Advent celebration. If your Bible or parish bulletin aren't handy, you can find the daily readings at usccb.org. You'll also find there the latest happenings of the U.S. Catholic bishops, including important statements about the war against terrorism.

Home Celebration Aids

For customs to help celebrate Advent in your home (how to make and use an Advent wreath, for example), turn to the prayer page at the "Bread on the Waters" site at cptryon.org/prayer/. A fine collection of Advent helps is at AmericanCatholic.org/features/Christmas.

Repentance—turning toward good—is John the Baptist's theme. What better repentance than to recommit ourselves to acts of peacemaking in our communities and society! You'll find a place to make such pledges at pledgePeace.org.

If you're considering celebrating the Sacrament of Penance at your parish and feel a bit rusty, you can brush up at the Pittsburgh Diocese's "A Short Guide to Confession" at diopitt.org/confess1.htm. A list of reconciliation articles and resources is at silk.net/RelEd/reconciliation.htm.

You can find a number of good sites to send Advent and Christmas e-greetings. Here are some to consider: franciscancards.com, bluemountainarts.com, catholicgreetings.org.


To Be Continued—By E-mail

This marks the end of our yearlong Web quest. A free digital version of "Web Catholic" will continue each month by e-mail, though, in St. Anthony Messenger's e-newsletter, Friar Jack's E-spirations. You can sign up to receive it at friarjack.org.

In the January St. Anthony Messenger you'll find a new column, "The Bible: Light to My Path." See you online!

 


Web Pick

udayton.edu/mary/meditations/adventca.html
This computerized Advent Calendar at University of Dayton's Mary page is a new twist on an old custom. Clicking on individual crèche figurines leads you to daily Advent Scripture reflections by Marianist Father Bert Buby and to liturgical prayers for the season.

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PARISH
www.holycross-batavia.org
This sharp, well-organized parish site offers a virtual tour, guides to events in the area of interest to parishioners, links to Lectionary readings, lots of reports of an obviously bustling parish life. The MIDI music can be eliminated with your speaker volume button.

HELPING
CatholicRelief.org
Celebrate Christmas by sharing with those in greater need. Catholic Relief Services is on the ground, getting desperately needed aid to the poor in 40 countries, including Afghanistan. You can make an online donation at this site.

MEDIA
thetablet.co.uk
Britain's oldest Catholic newspaper unveiled this revamped Web site earlier this year. The site includes a sample of the current issue and a vast archive of Catholic news from an international perspective. A wide selection of articles is available in Spanish, too.

 


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