Advent is the season of longing, hoping and renewing. It is the season when we wait in joyful hope for the coming of Lord once more. These resources provide opportunities for prayer, reflection and action during Advent.
Our Advent prayer for leadership
As we watch, wait, long and hope,
Awaken our hearts to your presence in our community
Inspire hearts for leadership
Give us discerning hearts as we continue our journey of being parish together.
We ask this in the name of Emmanuel – God-with-us.
Penance during Advent
Advent Penitential Service
A Penitential Service for Advent will take place on Tuesday, 21 December at 7.00 pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, Wattle Park.
During Advent, there are opportunities for individual confession at:
- Our Lady of Victories Basilica, Camberwell on Saturday at 10.00 am
- Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Deepdene on Saturday at 4.45 pm
- All Hallows Church on Tuesday after 9.15 am Mass
Advent: The Grace of Waiting
Weekly reflections for the Season of Advent
Prepared by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
These weekly reflections have been prepared with the Gospel readings for each Sunday of Advent and offer an opportunity to read, reflect, pray and act, prompting each one of us to ‘go out’ into the waiting-time of Advent and to express the God-within-us to others. Read more …
With Pope Francis in Advent
In this three part series of Advent reflections, Father Michael McEntee invites us to travel with Pope Francis in Advent and with the Pope’s longing for a world where our earth is healed and fraternity between all peoples becomes a reality. Pope Francis has written about these longings in Laudato Si and Fratelli Tutti.
2021 Virtual Advent Series
Yarra Theological Union (YTU), a College of the University of Divinity, hosted a series of Virtual Advent Talks. Over four weeks, biblical scholars, Dr Mark O’Brien OP, Dr Mary Reaburn NDS, Dr Chris Monaghan CP and Prof Mary Coloe, pbvm reflected on the extraordinary richness and beauty of the Advent readings. The sessions were held on 23 November, 30 November, 7 December & 14 December and were recorded.
Advent Retreat 2021
Welcome to ‘Stepping Beyond’ Prayer Retreat offered by Jesuit Ministries, Pray As You Go and Sacred Space and written by Fr Paul Pace SJ. The retreat is inspired by Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti, on fraternity and social friendship.
Session 1 – First Week of Advent on Monday, 29 November
Session 2 – Second Week of Advent on Monday, 6 December
Session 3 – Third Week of Advent on Monday, 13 December
Session 4 – Fourth Week of Advent on Monday, 20 December
Session 5 – Conclusion on Monday, 27 December