1st WEEK OF ADVENT: Saturday, December 5

 

Click HERE for Daily Mass Readings.

 

REFLECTION

Watch this video entitled “Enter the Story” by Advent Conspiracy.

 

PRAYER ACTIVITY

Tonight is Saint Nicholas Eve, when children all around the world will be putting out their wooden shoes for Saint Nicholas to fill, so it’s a good time to think about gift-giving.  Do the gifts you plan to give this year support a Christian way of living, or distract from it?  How much money do you plan to spend on gift-giving?

 

Click HERE for more great video messages about how to re-think your holiday gift-giving. Then check out the following sites for places to shop where your dollars can make a difference.  If you have more suggestions, add them in the comments below!

 

Catholic Relief Services “Work of Human Hands” Program (fair trade handicrafts, chocolate & coffee)

Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s Economic Development Program (directory of links for gifts and crafts from low-income communities worldwide)

Monastery Greetings (products made by monks and nuns throughout the US; proceeds go to support their monasteries & convents)

Global Exchange (fair trade holiday products made by people in developing countries)

International Fair Trade Association (global network of fair trade organizations with a searchable database of companies)

SERRV International’s “A Greater Gift” market (fair trade handicrafts & food from around the world):

Ten Thousand Villages (fair trade handicrafts from developing countries)

Heartbeats (religious gifts made by world artists, a ministry of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary)

Equal Exchange (fair trade coffee, chocolate & specialty drinks)

The Sisters of St. Joseph of LaGrange Ministry of the Arts (art and products created by the sisters)

The Women’s Bean Project (jewelry and gourmet foods; proceeds help women break the cycle of poverty)

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