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At that time Jesus was filled with joy by the Holy Spirit and said, “Father, Lord of heaven and earth! I thank you

Luke 10:21

It’s always important to thank the people we are grateful to. By saying thank you we show we're happy with what we've got and we recognise how generous the other person has been by giving it to us. Who has helped you this year? How could you show that you are grateful to them?


The Advent wreath is a special symbol. The evergreen leaves mean everlasting life. The circle of the wreath (with no beginning and no end) reminds us of the eternity of God and the four candles are the four weeks of Advent.

1. Cut a hole in the middle of a paper plate

2. Draw around your hands on green recycled paper and ask others to do the same

3. Stick the cut-out hands around the outside of the paper plate to make the leaves

4. Make four candles by rolling paper into tubes (3 purple and 1 pink)

5. Attach a paper flame to one candle on each Sunday of Advent

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World Gifts

Today’s World Gift helps children learn a really important skill – how to read.

Melissa lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She used to have no home, and couldn’t afford to go to school. Melissa was helped to go to a CAFOD funded school and learned to read and write. She now wants to go to university and become a lawyer or a journalist.

World Gifts

World Gifts are CAFOD's charity gift range of unusual, ethical presents that will delight your friends and family.