Advent for Children: First Week

The St. Philip Institute of Catechesis and Evangelization offers you these resources for your children during Advent. You are welcome to print and use these coloring sheets to make an Advent Wreath and teach kids about the meaning of the candles.

Is an Embryo a Child?

Although there are active bioethical debates around the world that use all sorts of sophisticated language, this denial of childhood to the youngest among us is at the heart of the arguments. Don’t fall for the sophistry. The academic, medical, and political debates in the international community go awry on this very simple question. Is an embryo a child?

The Universal Call to Teach

Because the lay faithful have a vocation to live as Christians in the midst of the world, their unique way of sharing in Christ’s prophetic office is to spread the Gospel in the ordinary circumstances of everyday life in the world, including family life, work, education, politics, the sciences, cultural activities, and the like. As St. John Paul II explains in his apostolic exhortation on the laity, Christifideles Laici, Christ’s command to his disciples to be salt, light, and leaven in the world is especially applicable to the Christian lay faithful, since they have the ability to transform society from within on account of their involvement in the ordinary affairs of daily life in the world.