A new 2018 Advent Calendar app is featuring CEDoW students’ Christmas Story Art Competition artworks as part of its daily delivery of visual and written inspiration for the Christmas season.
The Advent Calendar is a joint project of Xt3 and Sydney Catholic Youth, and promises to help busy Catholics slow down and spiritually prepare their hearts and minds for Christmas - be it in youth groups, parishes, schools or on their own personal Advent journey.
This is the third year the app producers have teamed up with the Christmas Story Art Exhibition and Competition - a combined initiative of the Catholic education offices in Wollongong and Sydney, designed to explore and celebrate Year 5 and 6 students’ creative and artistic interpretations of the Christmas story.
The calendar features a beautiful new artwork from a school student each day - including last year’s successful CEDoW student entries.
Congratulations to the following students who have their artwork shown on the 2018 Advent Calendar:
Click on the orange titles to see an image of each artwork.
4 December - ’Curious and Giving’ by Gabby Brajuha, St Paul’s, Camden
8 December - ’YES!’ by Ilaria Ramiraz, St Columbkille’s, Corrimal
14 December - ’Journey to Bethlehem: When it Began...’ by Bronte Herft, Ss Peter & Paul, Kiama
16 December - ’A Mirror in the Stars’ by Anja Huisman, St Pius X, Unanderra
18 December - ’Out of the Darkness, In the Still of the Night’ by Zoe Wegener, St Paul’s, Camden
19 December - ’Visit of the Magi’ by Belle Lochrin, St Michael’s, Nowra
20 December - ’The Visitation of the Magi’ by Lola Lochrin, St Michael’s, Nowra
31 December - 'White Star Bright' by Sydney Turner, St Columbkille’s, Corrimal
5 January - ’Burst of Gifts’ by Annie White, St Thomas Aquinas, Bowral
The app also contains daily reflections and Gospel readings as well as videos, podcasts, written reflections, animated meditations, and other messages and original content from young people, Catholic artists, clergy and religious, including Sydney’s Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP.
Team leader for Sydney Catholic Youth, Chris Lee, believes the Advent app will enhance the spiritual journey of many Catholics in the lead-up to Christmas, particularly young Catholics.
“It’s all about connecting them to the Church directly via their iPhones and travelling with them along the Advent journey, drawing them closer to God and helping them prepare for Christmas,” he said.
The first calendar feature appears today - 2 December, 2018, the first Sunday of Advent. Calendar material will only be viewable up to the present date, meaning a new door with new features will continue to be revealed every day until 6 January, 2019.
Download the free 2018 Advent Calendar app now to receive your daily dose of Advent joy and wisdom:
Download for iPhone: http://bit.do/adventiphone
Download for iPad: http://bit.do/adventipad
Download for Android phone: http://bit.do/adventandroid
Download for Android tablet: http://bit.do/adventandroidHD
You can also access the calendar online on the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney website.
Xt3.com and the Xt3 Advent Calendar is an evangelisation project of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney produced in partnership with Sydney Catholic Youth.