Anne-Marie Welsh

          “Advent and Christmas provide us with some of the richest and most cherished moments of the year,” writes Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico, in a letter to the Faithful on the Simply Celebrating microsite, now available at His encouraging message is just one offering in an array of resources the Diocese of Erie has created to make it easier to integrate meaningful and spiritual aspects into the celebration of the Advent and Christmas at home.

          Whether you want to incorporate prayers into your family meals during Advent, add a new tradition of blessing your manger and tree on Christmas Eve, or participate in Faith magazine’s Spread the Love letter-writing campaign, the site offers options to suit. Take a cue from its title: everything is designed with simplicity in mind.

          A diocesan resource developed by the Faith Formation Office in collaboration with the Communications Office, in mid-December, Simply Celebrating also will unveil a listing of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass times at parishes across the diocese.
       All are invited to set aside a little time before the holiday rush to explore the resources and pick out a few that will make it easy to enjoy activities, grow in faith and create memories with your loved ones.