Help Your Parishioners Prepare Their Hearts for Christmas!

Engage the members of your community in a 4-session video-based parish-wide study on formed.org. Prepare the Way: An Advent Journey uses four episodes of the widely acclaimed series Symbolon: Knowing the Faith that focus on the 3 themes of Advent:

  1. How God has saved his people in the past
  2. How God is saving his people in the present
  3. How Jesus Christ will ultimately come again in glory to judge the living and the dead

With beautiful film-making and compelling teaching, Prepare the Way: An Advent Journey will help your parish dive more fully into the story behind Christmas, God’s loving plan of salvation, and encounter Jesus, whose birthday we celebrate!

 

The four episodes are drawn from Symbolon Knowing the Faith:

Session 4: The Story of Salvation

Session 5: Who is Jesus?

Session 6: The Paschal Mystery

Session 10: The Last Things

Also available in Spanish!

Not familiar with the concept of a parish-wide study? Learn more here.

1. Watch the FORMED Leader Webinar on Prepare the Way

Sean Dalton and Luis Soto will walk you through the study, its themes, available promotional resources, and the steps you can take as a leader to engage your parishioners with the Prepare the Way parish-wide study this Advent.

2. Select and Prepare Printable Shareable Materials to Promote Your Study

Begin preparing your implementation by choosing printable promotional materials to engage individuals in your community.

  • Distribute promotional business cards in a reverse collection: Fill the collection baskets with your printed business cards and send the baskets around a second time after Mass for individuals to take one
  • Pass out flyers in the narthex and include flyers inside the Sunday bulletins in the weeks leading up to Advent

Example Business Card:

Then, prior to the start of the study, pique your parishioners’ interest with a pulpit pitch announcing the study and an eye-catching article in your bulletin.

Note: These promotional resources include a space to enter your Custom FORMED URL. If you have not yet created your Custom Registration URL, learn how here.

3. Keep Your Parishioners Engaged Throughout Advent

Engage your parishioners throughout the study by incorporating the theme of each episode every Sunday. Ask Father to preach on that week’s episode in his homily, and include reminders to watch the week’s episode in your bulletin:

Example Bulletin Blurb:

We at FORMED will be praying for your efforts as leaders to give your parishioners a more faith-filled Advent! If you have questions about this study, its resources, or other questions concerning the implementation of FORMED, please do not hesitate to contact us at Parish Care!

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