24 Ways to Give of Yourself this Advent

Share light with others each day of Advent

Each year, the Church gives us the season of Advent to start anew, not just with the liturgical year, but also to refocus our energies on the Lord and the lives he calls us to live. The following offers 24 ways, one for every day of Advent, to give of your time, talent and treasure to make someone's day brighter this Advent. And in the process, you might find that your day is brigher as well. These suggestions are listed in alphabetical order and not in any order of importance. Click on the idea to go to a page that offers more details or contact information.

1. Add a prayer for peace on earth to your prayers around the Advent wreath.

2. Be a guardian angel and help Arkansas Catholic inspire a new generation

3. Become a St. Nicholas Partner and help serve the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

4. Call upon the saints of Advent to pray for those who no longer attend church.

5. Contribute to the Terry Skelton Fund and make it possible for a teen to attend a youth event in our diocese.

6. Create an Advent Calendar with daily acts of kindness for your family to do for each other.

7. Donate a car to Catholic Charities of Arkansas to support its many ministries.

8. Give to the collections that care for the needs of our retired priests and religious.

9. Go Christmas caroling at a retirement center, for elderly neighbors or anyone else who may be lonely.

10. Help a couple adopt a baby by making a donation to offset the cost of the process.

11. Help pay the tuition for a seminarian in the Diocese of Little Rock.

12. Invite a friend or co-worker to take part in your family's Advent traditions.

13. Join a Catholic organization in bringing Christ to those in need this Christmas.

14. Mail Christmas cards or visit patients in your local hospital.

15. Mail Christmas cards or cookies to inmates in jail or a nearby prison.

16. Organize a fundraiser to support the One Church: Unite Arkansas in Faith and Mission appeal.

17. Pay the tuition for a student who can't afford to go to a Catholic school.

18. Pray for those discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life.

19. Read the Christmas story to share your joy with someone who has never heard it.

20. Share the prayer intentions on this website with others to remember in prayer.

21. Study Bishop Taylor's Advent Study Guide about the human rights of immigrants.

22. Support CASA to help serve the pastoral, educational and social needs of our diocese.

23. Volunteer to assist patients at the Westside Free Medical Clinic.

24. Volunteer your time and talent at a parishschool or social service agency in your area.