As our lives are continually affected by the uncertain times we are living in, please know that St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is here to serve you. We hope that these prayer resources can bring you some comfort and peace. And may we always remember that even in the darkest of storms, Jesus is always present to be right beside us to guide us closer to him each and every day.
Advent Prayer Resources
Looking for ways to prepare your heart for Christ through prayer? Try something new this year, and may your Advent be filled with preparation, joy, peace, and hope.
From Catholic Link - Guide to Advent - How To Get Ready For Advent:
- Prepare your heart. Begin preparing for Advent through prayer. Offer your heart as a dwelling place for the Holy family to live in. Ask Jesus, Joseph and Mary to help you live out Advent as a time to prepare and wait for the coming of Jesus’ birth.
- Learn about the season of Advent. It’s important to learn why we celebrate different seasons in the Church. The video can help you understand why Advent is important and how it helps us prepare for Christmas.
- Set up a space for prayer. You don’t need anything fancy to set up a prayer space. All you need is an Advent wreath. If you don’t have an Advent wreath or your budget is limited, you can buy three purple candles and a pink one to light up as the weeks in Advent pass or you can set up a Nativity set without baby Jesus in the manger. You can place the image of the child in the manger on Christmas day before opening gifts.
- Create an Advent Calendar. Countdown until Christmas Day by creating a calendar with special quotes or bible verses about hope, faith and love; you can also create or add a random acts of kindness – after all, it’s better to give than to receive.
- Short on time? Look online. Don’t have time to create your own Advent Calendar? You can find Advent Calendars online with great ideas to make the most of the Advent season. Remember to check back on Catholic-Link.org for more Advent resources.
- Assign a specific time for prayer and reflection every day. A few days before Advent, set up a time for daily prayer. Whether you decide to wake up 10 or 15 minutes before your regular wake up time or assign some other time during the day to pray and reflect, try sticking to the time you’ve designated for yourself. By doing this you’ll have dedicated time on your schedule for prayer and reflection, and you’ll begin to grow in discipline.
- Be present. Start to eliminate unnecessary distractions and plan on being present during the season of Advent. Limit the time spent on your cell phone, social media and computer. Increase the time you spend with family and friends by doing things you enjoy together. Plan a movie night; bake cookies together; host a game night; enjoy a cup of hot cocoa together… anything that will help you spend time together enjoying each other’s company.
- Reflection night. Before Advent begins, pick a date to invite family and friends to an Advent reflection night. Provide the day’s readings, meditation and music to guide prayer and reflection.
- Don’t forget those in need. Jesus came to serve, so following in his footsteps we should consider how we could serve our brothers and sisters in need. November and December are some of the busiest times for volunteer centers. If you can’t find a place to serve in person, you can always make and send cards to those in hospitals or in nursing homes. Many times patients in the hospital or the elderly in nursing homes are happy to receive cards from people who are thinking of them.
Deepen your Advent journey to Christ as you walk with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Experience the birth of Christ and live out several moments in Scripture that frame our Advent and Christmas season. The Advent Stations of the Nativity offer a pre-recorded video that you can upload to your phone or device allowing you to pray these stations with the music of Linda Halverson, Director of Music and Liturgy, Joe Kopinski, Seton parishioner and gifted lector, and Sue Switalski, Pastoral Minister.
Pray the Stations of the Nativity from the comfort of your own home; you can access this prayer experience anytime you choose. You may even wish to share it with others, inviting all to welcome Christ into their hearts this season. Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.
Digital Advent Calendar
From Busted Halo...
For the little ones….
Kitchen Floor Theology
Check out Seton’s own Child Minister, Ann Ryan and her amazing assistant (and daughter) Ruth as they explore “Kitchen Floor Theology.”
God Protects Baby Moses
Joseph's Colorful Coat
Hey, Father! Explain the symbolism of the Advent Wreath
Songs of Advent - Catholic & Christian Songs of the Season
Popular & Traditional Advent Hymns
"There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens." Ecclesiastes 3:1
This beautiful summer bloom was grown from the seed packets Seton distributed at Easter. As we enter into the season of rest and replenishment, may we remember that God continuously provides us with beauty through His incredible creation in all seasons. May we celebrate that creation with wonder and awe. Thank you to parishioner, Cherie Finnie for sharing God's beauty.
Litany of the Season
A litany is a beautiful form of Catholic Prayer. It is a simple, yet ancient form of prayer that uses repeated phrases or statements in response to petitions, praise, intercessions, or blessings. It can be a powerful prayer of surrender and centering to open our hearts to what God offers us all through thanksgiving, forgiveness, blessing, help, praise, or love.
We already pray a couple of litanies during Mass. Whenever we pray the "Kyrie" or "Lord Have Mercy" at the beginning of Mass, we are praying a litany. In addition, when we pray the "Lamb of God" or "Agnus Dei" right before we receive communion, that too is a litany.
Look for a new litany to be posted periodically throughout the year. And if you have a beloved litany that brings you closer to Christ, please let us know so we can feature it here!
For those who are short on time
Looking for a quick prayer to start your day immersed in God’s goodness and glory? Here is a two minute video that gives glory to God and aligns us with His call for all who live in his love.
For those who want to Go ALL IN!
Have you ever heard of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius? Here is a free, online Spiritual Retreat that is based on the Spiritual Exercises of this Jesuit form of prayer. The retreat can take a total of four weeks to complete.
How about trying out a new prayer app?
Check out “Hallow”… A Catholic app that makes it easy to cultivate a prayer-filled life. Offered both in a premium version and with free content as well. Among the free offerings you’ll find a “Mental Health” category that lists “St. Dymphna’s prayers” including a Litany for Mental Well-Being. There is also a “Calm” Pray list that you can access for free too! You can even choose a male or a female voice to help you pray with the voice that fits you best!
And for the musicians and those who enjoy praying with music a little summer playlist...
Have any others favorite summer songs about the Savior? Send them to us and we’ll add them to the list!
Catholic podcasts for everyone!
These days there are podcasts for everyone…INCLUDING CATHOLICS! Click the following links to check out these podcasts to see if they dial in to what you might be looking for!
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US - Listen to authentic catholic faith formation videos and programs, bible study, confirmation, sacrament preparation and insights from Fr. Mike Schmitz.
We all struggle to find the time for Scripture reading and reflection. Fr. Mike Schmitz makes it easy with bite-size Scripture readings and mini-homilies that will span the entire Bible over a period of 365 days (start whenever you like). Most episodes clock in at about 18 to 20 minutes, fitting into even the busiest schedule.
A unique media resource that utilizes a relevant and accessible voice to help people understand the Catholic faith, put it into practice in their everyday lives, and share it with others.
The USCCB sponsors this podcast and it is written and produced by Sara Perla. It covers a variety of topics including birth, to suicide, to addiction, to dating, to porn.
Episode to try: the two part episode on Adult Children of Divorce. It's a resource for anyone who is personally affected by divorce or knows someone who is.
Geared toward men. This podcast talks about how the Lord works in and through us. The hosts, Jake Khym and Brett Powell are good friends both of whom have a solid background in theology and ministry.
Episodes to try: Beyond Good Ideas or Orphan or Son?
Cohosts Jenna and Beth examine the challenge of embracing a call to holiness through the perspective of Catholic femininity in this podcast produced by Blessed is She. Episode topics have included the Holy Spirit, redemptive suffering, everyday prayer and the beauty of silence.
Christine Mooney Flynn’s podcast, takes on subjects of interest to moms and married women, including marital sexuality, the Domestic Church, grappling with spiritual doubt, keeping your kids engaged in Mass and much more.
For Kids and Families
This daily podcast for Catholic kids “strives to plant seeds of Catholic faith” in your little one’s heart. Catholic mom, Nancy Bandzuch started this podcast because she was searching for similar audio-based programming for her own children that would explore the mysteries of God’s love, the revelations of Scripture and the journey of living as a Domestic Church. Episodes are a suitable length for children (six to eight minutes) about eight years and older.
Produced by Shining Light Dolls, this weekly podcast introduces kids to the heroes of Catholic history in short, engaging episodes. From St. Brigid to St. Paul to St. Jude, St. Hyacinth, St. Rita of Cascia and many more, the tales of how God worked in the lives of these holy men and women will captivate children ages six and up.
Comfort in Song
Sacred Space - Daily prayer, online. You are invited to make a ‘Sacred Space’ in your day, praying here and now, with the help of scripture chosen every day and on-screen guidance.
Can we pray for you?
Seton's Prayer Network Ministry supports parishioners, their families and friends with prayer during times of special need. The ministers are a group of people who have offered to pray for others.