CCCB: Christmas treasures and gift ideas

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(CCCB – Ottawa) The season of Advent begins 30 November 2008. The Publications Service of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops offers individuals, families and parish communities a diverse collection of printed and web resources to help enhance and celebrate the season of Advent and Christmas.

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Parish, family and school resources

Liturgy and Appointment Calendar 2009The Liturgy and Appointment Calendar includes all Catholic, liturgical, and civic holiday information for easy scheduling while also displaying the verses prescribed for the Sunday Gospel acclamation. Covers November 30, 2008, the First Sunday of Advent, and ends January 3, 2010.


Fling Wide the Doors: An Advent and Christmastime Calendar (Community size)Fling Wide the Doors : An Advent and Christmastime Calendar Art. Pray every day of Advent and Christmas with the beautiful 40-door calendar that includes a prayer guide. Each door opens to reveal a saint or biblical image. Available in two sizes: Family size (30.5 cm tall), Community size (45.7 cm tall).


Build Your Own Bethlehem: A Nativity Scene and Activity Book for ChristmastimeBuild Your Own Bethlehem A Nativity Scene and Activity Book for Christmastime. Start a new tradition in your home or classroom with this sturdy, re-usable nativity scene and activity book at Christmas..A wonderful, engaging hands-on activity for children.


School Year, Church Year: Customs and Decorations for the ClassroomSchool Year, Church Year: Customs and Decorations for the Classroom. This amazing book will walk you through the school year, give you a quick course on the Church year, and suggest customs you can use with children of all ages from Advent to Easter, fall to summer.



My First Bible  -  A perfect collection of Bible stories to share with young childrenMy First Bible, the perfect selection of bible stories to share with children.



NRSV Standard Catholic Edition Bible (Anglicized)The NRSV bible, available in Catholic Edition and Go-Anywhere formats.



The Saint John's Bible - Gospels of Mark and John - CardsThe positively gorgeous Saint John's Bibles-each page beautifully illuminated by an artist's hand.



Prayer and reflection

Blessings and Prayers for Home and Family - HardcoverA popular family resource, Blessing and Prayers for Home and Family, includes prayers and blessings for every occasion, helpful pastoral notes, special sections on Advent and Christmas (including meal prayers, blessings for families and children, and seasonal considerations), along with thoughtful reflections on the Christmas season.


Keeping Advent and ChristmastimeKeeping Advent and Christmastime is a small prayer book containing morning, evening and night prayers; meal prayers, as well as a variety of blessings for the seasons of Advent and Christmastime.



For liturgists, students, and those seeking inspiration

An Advent SourcebookAn Advent Sourcebook contains a rich assembly of texts, including texts from Scripture, poetry, hymns, homilies, letters, fiction, folklore, and liturgy.

A Christmas SourcebookA Christmas Sourcebook is an ideal resource for homilists, musicians and liturgists. It makes a great gift for any individual or family. Printed on fine paper and specially bound to open fully for easy reading and display.



Online resources

The CCCB offers several online resources by the Episcopal Commission for Liturgy:

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Canada’s oldest diocese, the Archdiocese of Quebec, was established in 1674. Most Reverend François de Laval was its first Bishop.