Here are some suggestions for your parish to help families embrace the ideas from 52 Sundays. You will see some ideas for each week to continually connect with families about the book. Since it is lectionary-based, you will see that many of these suggestions are applicable, even if families do not have the physical book. This list is not exhaustive or necessary. You may reproduce everything from the book for your parish or school needs.
Let families know how they can get the content and additional resources on the 52 Sundays website , and encourage people to post what they are doing each week on parish social media channels and parish websites using the hashtag #52Sundays . As a way for people to connect with #52Sundays posts, provide links to the Archdiocese of Detroit social media channels on your social media channels, your parish website, and in your bulletin or other communications your parish uses, such as Remind, Flocknote, or email newsletters. Use these tools to remind families about each activity.
For the week of December 6, 2020
On your parish website, post a video explaining your Advent wreath and any special facts about it. Have a staff member share in the parish bulletin a time they’ve prepared to welcome a special guest in their home. Encourage families to pray a rosary for the unborn in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe this week. Invite families to post pictures of their St. Nicholas celebration on social media, and share them from your parish social media channels.
For the week of December 13, 2020
Create a slideshow of the Renewal of Baptismal Promises for families to access on your parish website with some pictures of the baptismal font at your parish. Have staff share in the bulletin which O Antiphon is their favorite and why. Invite families to post pictures of their favorite ornament, tagging your parish social media channels, and have the staff do the same. Have a staff member post a video of the process of making St. Lucy soup.
For the week of December 20, 2020
Have a staff member share in the parish bulletin a time they have seen or heard God doing something that seemed impossible. Encourage families to pray the first joyful mystery of the Rosary at a specific time this week. Have families submit videos of them reading the litany aloud from the Family Prayer section. Have someone combine the videos together so that different families read different lines of the prayer in one compilation video. Post it on the parish website for the whole parish to use during their prayer time. Invite families to post non-identifying (not showing the address, etc.) pictures of their outdoor Christmas decorations on your parish social media channels so that those who cannot go out can virtually look at Christmas decorations.
For December 25, 2020
Inspired by the shepherds, invite parish staff or key volunteers to share about someone who has shared the Good News with them. Post a video on your parish website explaining some of the ways the Christmas liturgy is different than another Mass. Invite families to share a picture of Christmas brunch on your parish social media channels. Have a staff member make the Brunch Puff and post a video of the process.
For the week of December 27, 2020
Share on the parish websites any images of the Holy Family at the parish and any interesting facts about the artwork. Have a staff member reflect in the parish bulletin on what they think Jesus was like as a baby. Invite families to pray the Prayer for our Family by St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta at a specific time this week. Encourage families to post pictures of the chicken and dumplings they made and tag your parish social media channels.