Let's Try Another Coffee Talk

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By Danielle Bean

We're still working on making Coffee Talk more user-friendly, but let's give it another shot, shall we? What's on your mind this week?

We welcome new participants. If you're from the Faith & Family regulars, please spread the word that Coffee Talk has a new home.


Danielle Bean


  • YAY!!!!! I missed you!!!!!

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 9:34 AM by unknown

  • this sounds perfect... what's on dock for discussion today?

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 9:43 AM by carrie K

  • Is it too early to talk about any new Advent ideas or re sources? Right now we still have some peace and quiet to think ahead and plan (spiritually) for what advent ought to look like for ourselves and/or our entire families. Once Thanksgiving is over, I'm already too busy to think and plan out advent properly.

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 10:03 AM by Daria Sockey

  • I'm so excited to find this!!!

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 10:06 AM by Lisa B

  • This sounds interesting. I'd like to participate, I think.

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 10:26 AM by Philip in NM

  • Hi, I used to blog in this space here at Catholic Digest and thought I would stop by. Daria mentioned Advent Resources and I hope you don't mind if I mention my book, "Feeling the Wonder: Advent for Families 2012." It contains parent-focused reflections on the daily Mass readings, a little prayer to say with your family, and an Advent activity you can do with your kids each day. It's published by Twenty-Third Publications, a sister company of Catholic Digest. (www.23rdpublications.com) Hope you enjoy it!

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 11:58 AM by Connie Clark

  • I would like to participate too!

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 12:28 PM by lisa k

  • Just checking how the commenting works here. Still no "reply" function but we are functional! :)

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 12:55 PM by Danielle Bean

  • For newcomers, this open forum is a place to share what's on your mind/ask a question/vent a problem/offer encouragement/share a story, etc. Just think of this as a room full of like-minded Catholic women with a variety of life experiences and all kinds of wisdom and encouragement to share. What might you like to ask -- anything big or small. I like that Daria started us thinking about Advent because ... here it comes! What are your family's plans for the weeks before Christmas? How do you keep your kids (and yourself!) focused on Christ's coming when there is so much noise & distraction?

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 12:58 PM by Danielle Bean

  • Hmmm, comment order seems jumbled ... checking on that ...

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 12:58 PM by Danielle Bean

  • Oh good! It will be great to be a part of this again!

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 1:16 PM by MIchelle Ouellette

  • My hands-down favorite Advent resource is the Holy Heroes Advent Adventure! I look forward to doing it with the kids at least as much as they do. http://www.holyheroes.com

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 1:59 PM by Carolyn A

  • We like to put the tree up about a week before Christmas and decorate it Christmas Eve during the day. This helps keep us focused on Advent for most of December.

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 3:34 PM by michelle reitemeyer

  • We like to put the tree up about a week before Christmas and decorate it Christmas Eve during the day. This helps keep us focused on Advent for most of December.

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 3:34 PM by michelle reitemeyer

  • As another former blogger here with Connie Clark, I'll be very interested to see how this goes. It sounds like a wonderful idea and a great way to allow more folks to have a voice.

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 5:07 PM by Mary Breiner

  • We get our tree very early in the Advent season because we go to a local cut-your-own tree farm. We found out the first year that if we don't go early, there isn't much left to choose from. I was torn about having the tree up so early, though, so we have used that tree as our Jesse Tree. We put the lights on when we get it home (too difficult once it starts to dry out) but only hang the Jesse Tree ornaments on it. Then, on Christmas Eve, we take them down and decorate the tree for Christmas. It started as a compromise between decorating closer to Christmas but still getting a decent tree, but it has turned into a neat transition symbol.

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 7:23 PM by unknown

  • I'm so glad to have found you all again! I missed F&FL so much. I'm starting to pull my advent boxes out of storage this week so we'll be all ready after Thanksgiving. We also put up our tree with white lights and use it as a Jesse Tree. We use Holy Heroes Jesse Tree video and the Advent Adventure activities each night after dinner. We try to do some of the other activities during day too if time allows.

    Posted on Nov 13th, 2012 at 9:26 PM by kp

  • FYI, starting Monday we'll have a daily "Coffee Talk" with each day of the week dedicated to a different theme. Would you help us spread the word? http://www.catholicdigest.com/blog//176

    Posted on Nov 15th, 2012 at 8:56 AM by Rebecca Teti

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