Day 14: Saturday 16 December 2023

Welcome to Day 14 of our Advent Calendar!

During the 22 days of Advent, new content will be available each day behind the calendar’s doors. 

A video message from Gary Carville, Executive Secretary for Social issues & International Affairs & Research Coordinator, Council for Justice & Peace


Season of Advent

Advent is the four-week season before Christmas during which we prepare for the coming of Christ.  The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming”.  The season of Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and of hope, which has a twofold character as:

  • A time of preparation for the Solemnities of the Christmas season, in which the first coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered; and,
  • A time when – by remembrance of this – our minds and hearts look forward to the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time.

For these two reasons, Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight.

Our digital Advent calendar is a helpful resource for our ‘journey’ towards Christmas.  Each day, by clicking on a virtual door, we are inviting you to take a few minutes to avail of our resources to rediscover the true meaning of Advent and Christmas.

Advent Prayers

Open our eyes to see your love in this day and throughout this Advent Season. Make us attentive people so that we may truly meet you in the happy and painful events of our lives. Give us the courage to face the darkness in our personal lives and in our nation that we may be a people of faith who are light for others.

Kids’ Corner!

Each day of Advent you will find fun activities for children to enjoy and learn more about the Season of Advent!  Print out this Advent scene and colour it in however you like!

To print: click on the image below to open a new page, then select “print” to print out the page for colouring.

Activity for day 14