You are invited to use this Advent Calendar to help you on a very special journey to the birth of Jesus and beyond.

 Each day consists of a short reflection which can be used for prayer and on some days you may be invited to take part in a little simple task.

The calendar continues for a few days after Christmas day.

Please feel free to use the calendar as personally suits you.

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Advent Calendar

2018

Week One

Dedicated to the English/ Irish Infant Jesus Sisters

Dec

02

2018

    Let us pray that this advent will be a time of true spiritual awakening and renewal for  us all as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Infant Jesus.

           Dedicated to

 Sister Pat & 


Sister  Catherine O'


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Dec

05

2018

'No feather borne on the wind moves with such grace and freedom as do they who allow themselves to be carried by God' Nicolas Barré

Dedicated to Sister  Martha

& Sister Clare



Light a candle and watch the flame

Dec

06

2018

The importance of the Advent Wreath

To help us focus on the coming of Christ

Dedicated to Sister Mary M 

& Sister Eileen



Light a candle and remember  your faithful friends 

Dec

07

2018

Alive to the thrill

Of the wild

Meet the dawn 

On a mountain

Wash your face 

In the morning dew

Feel the favour of the earth  

John  o'Donoghue

Dedicated to Sister Margaret 

& Sister Frances D



Light a candle & reflect on your own gift of faith

Dec

08

2018

'May Jesus come to us,

May He  find His delight in us.

And so there will be nothing left for us to desire.' 

Nicolas Barré

Dedicated to Sister Alice

& Sister Georgina



Light a candle for all the sisters that have gone before you.

Dec

09

2018

" God is beauty and is reflected in the beauty of creation - especially in Mary, Queen of beauty"

Blessed James Albrione

Dedicated to Sister Mary O'

& Sister Gertie



Light a candle 'Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things' -


Dec

10

2018

'And you shall be like a tree planted by the river of water, That brings forth fruit in due season' Psalm 1:3

Plant an Amaryllis bulb, gently water each week & reflect on the gift of water and the gift of life. Your bulb should  bloom during the 12 days of Christmas

Dedicated to Sister  Hannah &

 Sister Mary Ca



  Light a candle and give thanks for water


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Week Two


Dec

11

2018

Light 2 candles for yourself            

Love and Hope

Lord, you hold me in your presence, you watch over everything, all my concerns, all that happens to me. Nothing escapes your adorable guidance of my life- this is enough for me. Nicolas Barré

Dedicated to Sister  Jo

& Sister Kathleen


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Dec

12

2018

Light your candles  and reflect on the beauty of creation.

Strive first for the Kingdom of God; and his righteousness & all these 

 things will be  given to you as well.    Matthew 6:33

Dedicated to Sister Kitty

& Sister Malen




Dec

13

2018

Hope is like a river flowing

        out of you and me

Dedicated to Sister  Eilish,

& Sister Aidan



Light  candles for peace in our world

Dec

14

2018

'The season of Advent... restores this horizon of hope, a hope which does not disappoint for it is founded on God's Word'

Pope Francis

Dedicated to Sister Catherine G

& Sister Mary de C



Light  candles for those who suffer

Dec

15

2018

"And  so, Lord, where do I put my hope?

My only hope is in you"

Psalm 39:7

Dedicated to Sister Noreen V

 & Sister Peter



Light  candles for justice

Dec

16

2018

Light a candle for Hope & Strength

But those that 

HOPE in the Lord 

will RENEW 

their strength. 

They will SOAR 

on wings like eagles:

They will run & not

 grow weary, they 

will walk and 

not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Dedicated to 

Sister Pauline H

& Sister Mairead




Dec

17

2018

 Light a candle and slowly enjoy a glass of water

“I love you just as the Father loves me; remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love." John 15:9-11

Dedicated to Sister Marie 

Sister Pauline O'




Dec

18

2018

Light a candle and reflect on Love.

"Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred'

Rumi

Dedicated  Sister Rosario & Sister Ita N




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Week Three

Joy

Dec

19


2018

Light 3 candles and be filled with joy.

“May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice! Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. The Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart." Philippians 4:4-7

Dedicated to Sister Elizabeth

& Sister Antoinette



Light 3 candles

Dec

20

2018

Light your candles & reflect on the gifts that you can give to others.

'Your purpose must be to try to form copies of Jesus Christ and strive to make them so like the original as to reproduce perfect images of God' 

Nicolas Barré

Dedicated to Sister Angela

& Sister Ann C



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Dec

21

2018

Light your candles and listen.

'Listen to what Jesus Christ said about Himself. He is your model' Nicolas Barré

Dedicated to Sister Agnes

& Sister Ann B



'Each person has something to give & something to receive especially those whom the world looks down on.'Acts GC

Dec

22

2018

Light your candles and see the face of Christ.

'Having reached out to others with gentleness and humility, you must follow this through with a warmth and enthusiasm inspired by love' Nicolas Barré

Dedicated to Sister Ann Marie




Look for Christ & you will find him. And with him everything else'

CS Lewis

Dec

23

2018

Light your candles and listen to the beating of your heart.

'Let your hearts be opened with a holy joy as you contemplate your happiness and the excellence of your vocation' Nicolas Barré

Dedicated to Sister  Frances Dw

& Sister Anne O'



It's  not  whats on the Christmas tree but who is around it

Dec

24

2018

Light your candles and remember the excitement of Christmas.

“You will go out with joy, and be led forth with peace”

Dedicated to Sister Beatrice

& Sister  Mary Co




Advent flows into Christmas

Week Four

"Be sure not to wander far from the crib of Jesus, so, a great simplicity in everything"

Fr. Nicolas Barré

Week  Four

Peace

Dec

25

2018

Light 4 candles and feel the warmth of the surrounding love.

       'The most

         precious

         gift you

        can give 

        someone is 

        the gift 

of your time and 

attention'

Dedicated to

 Sister Rosemary

& Sister  Fidelma  



Light 4 candles & imagine pregnant Mary & Joseph searching for a room in Bethlehem

Dec

26

2018

Light 4 candles and rejoice at being at the crib of Jesus

'Be sure not 

to wander far

 from the crib 

of Jesus, so, a great

 simplicity in

 everything'

Nicolas Barré

Dedicated to 

Sister Bernadette

& Sister Ita H



It is not the gift, but the thought that counts

Dec

27

2018

Light 4 candles and give thanks.

'Praise, Adore, Love'

Nicolas Barré

Dedicated to Sister Betty

& Sister David



The most glorious mess in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly!

Dec

28

2018

Light 4 candles and remember that Christmas is like a circle which has no end.

'Do not look for cherries on a plum tree. It is the same with people. Each one has to bear fruit according to one's nature.

Nicolas Barré

Dedicated to Sister Breda

& Sister Noreen McG



If we keep Christ in our heart, Christmas has no end.

Dec 

29

2018

Light 4 candles and 'Be in the hands of God like a brush in the hand of a painter, like a quill in the hand of a writer' Nicolas Barré

Dedicated to Sister Carmel Mc

& Sister Catherine S




Dec

30

2018

Light 4 candles and remember that in your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus: His state was divine, yet he did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave and became as men are.'

Phil 2:6-7

Dedicated to Sister Catherine L

& Sister  Mary Joy




                     May you have a 

                 wonderful, peaceful 

                          Christmas 

                        as you share

                              the joy 

                       of the birth of

                     the Infant Jesus


Christmas Night

The Holy Night is nearly here

We've shared our journey with our sisters dear

Listen to the angels' voices

Hear the world as it rejoices

The night when the infant Jesus was born

Come rejoice this Christmas morn

You are invited to scroll down where you will find two short slide meditations.The 

first 'The Journey to Bethlehem' the second 'The birth of Jesus and Flight into Egypt' .