An Advent Companion
Prepare for the Coming of Christ
The Advent Companion is a booklet created by the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation. The Companion is designed to support our preparation for the birth of Jesus at Christmas. It provides opportunities to build and strengthen community life as we gather in-person or online to pray, reflect and share God’s Word during Advent.
The publication shows how to gather to make the season of preparation more meaningful. The Companion is perfect for anyone who wants to invite fellow parishioners, friends or neighbours to pray and reflect with them over this powerful season in the Church year.
Contributors include Archbishop Anthony Fisher and Bishop Daniel Meagher, Parish Evangelisation and Formation Coordinator Tania Rimac, Sr Mary Julian Ekman, Dr Michael Casey, Director of the PM Glynn Institute, and St Jerome Punchbowl assistant priest Fr Benjamin Saliba.
The Companion includes reflections on the Gospels for the four Sundays of Advent and Christmas Day, a guide for an examination of conscience, ideas for celebrating Christmas in parishes, and resources for meditation.
The Sydney Centre for Evangelisation also provides a simple online training session on how to lead a group using the Companion. This 45-minute session will run on Tuesday, 8 November at 10am and be repeated on Thursday, 10 November at 2pm, and Wednesday, 16 November at 11am and 7:30pm. The online training session will cover the basic principles of organising and leading a small group, covering both in-person and online delivery.
The training includes tips for practical preparation, invitation, promotion and leading people in prayer. All are welcome and no experience is required.
“It’s our hope that individuals and communities in Sydney will take the opportunity to pray together in this season of expectation, and this Companion is an offering to support that prayer,” said Daniel Ang, the Director of the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation.
“There is a need to constantly nourish and refresh ourselves in our desire for and response to God in deliberate and structured ways.”
“We are fortunate to have wise spiritual guides who have offered reflections to help us approach the grace of Jesus Christ this Christmas with a new heart.”
Helen Wagner, Parish Evangelisation Officer at the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation, invited Catholics to either join or start their own small group, even if they had never led others in prayer.
“Unlike the season of Lent – where the Church prescribes our means of preparation with prayer, fasting and almsgiving – we are encouraged during Advent to discover our own path of conversion,” she said.
“My hope is that people will gather to pray with this Companion to prepare their hearts to receive the gift of Jesus at Christmas."
“For anyone who has never led others in prayer before and would welcome some support, our training is very simple and easy to follow.”
Registrations for the online information sessions can be made at the link below.
The Companion may be used individually and is available online at the link below.
The Advent Companion 2022 by the Sydney Centre for Evangelisation