How can I watch the videos?
The videos will be sent to the email you registered with. You’ll be able to watch all of them for free until after the event.
I can’t attend the event. Will there be replays?
Yes, all the replays will be stored in our on-demand library to re-watch any time.
Is there a community?
Yes, this event is happening within the SmartCatholics community. Join for free to celebrate with us, and make friends!
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The Emmanuel Conference
Welcome, and an overview on how it all works
Original Music Recorded for this Event
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Live REPLAY: The Invitation of Christmas
Christmas Messages from the Community!
Live REPLAY: Traditions & Practices from round the world
Stories & Legends
Joy Is The Best Net To Catch Fish
Kendra Von Esh
A Special Place for Santa
Traditions & PRactices
How to Celebrate Christmas Even Beyond December
Anthony & Tina Rodriguez
Be Kind, Speak Faith
The Temple Roots of Christmas
Why Christmas Carols? Sharing the Joy!
Sr Nancy Usselmann
Epiphany Blessing over the Door
The Christmas Table
Sharing the Table at Christmas
Fr Steve Porter
Philippine Christmas Traditions: A New Form of Evangelization
Home Icon Corners: a Focus for Christmas Prayer
Doubling the Power of Each Christmas Gift
John Paul Kasperowicz
The Gift of Mercy for Christmas
Reasons & INsights
Hidden Saints for a Hidden King
What's the best Christmas gift you ever received?
A Radiant Christmas
Loving Your Neighbor at Christmas
God Came to Meet You In Bethlehem...Will You Go?
Knowing St. Joseph in the Infancy Narratives
Didn't Your Mother Teach You the Joy of Catholicism?
Gaze Upon the Beauty of the Lord
Hear the surprising origin story for Select to Give, a foundation helping Christians in the Holy Land
Buy this Conference to keep all the videos - we donate $1 to the Holy Land!
Give a Gift: Support SmartCatholics this Christmas with a donation of any amount
Browse the Fair
- Explore and discover Catholic businesses
- Buy gifts from friends and local stores
- Help us support each other
- Enjoy the St Nicholas Gift Basket!
A massive thank you!
Dear Smart Catholic,
In 6 months we have created something incredible together.
- A community that is changing how people are being Catholic.
- An idea that’s getting us excited to come together online.
- A way for us to continue learning and enriching our Faith with friends- affordably.
And 2021 is going to continue to grow. Every. Single. Month:
- We are building conferences for you, and ask you what you want to hear about.
- We’re also looking to build a marketplace where you can sell skills and services, from home. (We’ll even start training you on how to run a small business.)
- We want to build a SmartCatholics Academy where you can go more deeply into the topics that matter to you.
- We’re even thinking of a Catholics Got Talent project…
But we can’t bring all this to you on our own.
You see, SmartCatholics is a small, scrappy startup. We don’t have any investors, or fancy venture capital. And we don’t want that, either.
We want to build something with you, and for you.
Everything you see is from 3 volunteers – Dominic, Maddy, and Chloe. We decided that a lockdown doesn’t have to be a shutdown. It can be a chance to build something. Something exciting.
Look at what we’ve done together in 6 months, starting with nothing:
- 9 online conferences, and we’ve supported 3 more.
- A new home online in our thriving community, and it keeps getting bigger.
- A library of videos on SmartCatholics Video.
- A brand new Directory to meet and support speakers and sponsors.
- You’ve even bought the merch and sent us your photos!
Here’s how you can help.
This Christmas, share with us $5, or any amount you like, toward our $1000 drive. It will go directly into building our Academy for 2021, plus the marketplace, and 5 conferences before Easter!
To thank you for giving a larger gift, you can choose to be included as a SmartCatholics sponsor in all our new conferences for 2021. Have a look at the donation form for details.
Your kindness this Christmas means everything to us. And even if all you want to do is share the word, we plan to keep plugging along, finding creative ways to collaborate and serve you, the Church, and Christ in the modern world.
May God richly bless you and yours,
Dominic, & SmartCatholics
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About this event
The emmanuel Christmas Fair & Festival
Emmanuel means ‘God with us’. Today!
On December 29-31, 2020, a host of Christmas-lovers are coming together to celebrate together with an online festival and fair.
Many today feel listless and alone, or crushed by pressure. This event is a little way to share the Christmas spirit with each other, to share stories and traditions.
We donate $1 from every purchase for this event
It’s a little way we can spread good cheer with families in the Holy Land
- Buy this conference for $25 to keep watching afterward, and get the live panel replays
- For every $25 pass, we donate $1 to Select to Give
To become gift is to give meaning to life…
“[Jesus] did not change history by pressuring anyone or by a flood of words, but by the gift of his life. He did not wait until we were good before he loved us, but gave himself freely to us.”
Pope Francis, 2019 Christmas Homily
Welcome Letter from Dominic de Souza
Celebrating Christmas is the one feast the makes me feel like a 5 year old. It’s not about the gifts.
It’s about everything. It’s the gifting culture of Christmas. How each of us does little things to celebrate life and goodness. Like music, food, gatherings, friendship.
The early Christians stunned the world with their culture of Christmas, their warm and welcoming homes.
This is what happens when the Kingdom of God breaks through, buds and flowers in our world.
Everyone loves the idea of Christmas, even if they don’t ‘get’ the Christ within it. And that’s what we’re coming together to celebrate with ‘The Emmanuel Fair & Festival’.
It’s not just to celebrate a moment in history. Or to have happy thoughts about Heaven. It’s to realize something very real is happening now:
Christ has entered our sacred pilgrimage, and trudges alongside us, asking for our help to scatter life and love in the darkest places.
Often it doesn’t feel so sacred. It feels boring. It feels terrible. For many, it feels like a lonely lockdown.
This makes me think of Bethlehem, when a different lockdown forced strangers into strange places, and made them wait. The little people of the world paused together, wondering what would happen next.
Then, like now, Christ slipped in through that sliver of silence, as a tiny child. And he never left.
We no longer sing ‘O Come Emmanuel’, like the ancients. We sing ‘Emmanuel’, God with us. Now and forever.
This event is not an invite to try to ‘out-Christmas’ the next person.
It’s a call to
- Look at where we are, who we are, and what we have.
- Accept that many things are not as we would have them.
- Celebrate on behalf of many who don’t, or can’t.
We are gifted another year. We are gifted each other. And we are gifted Christmas.
However weakly or poorly it is celebrated, it is still strong enough to bring a smile, spark a sense of hope.
God is the great gift-giver, the lord of Christmas, and the hearthfire that warms the whole world.
We must allow ourselves to be filled with joy, so that when others see us, they are inspired to ask, ‘What is the answer to the joy within you?’
It is the joy of Christmas!
I hope you’ll join us, browse the Christmas fair, and spend the time you can with your loved ones,
And remember, the world needs what you have to give.
Dominic de Souza
Founder of SmartCatholics
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Lonely Catholics risk becoming bystanders.
We need to regroup, make friends, and turn into first-responders! The SmartCatholics community helps us be magnetic Catholics in the modern world.
If this is your first time hearing about SmartCatholics, read the About Page to learn more.
We're a mission Church, united to Pope Francis’ call to bring the joy of the Gospel to every corner of the world - starting with ourselves.
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Why you should join this community:
We need somewhere online that's ours, where we can
- Uplift and inspire each other, and make new friends
- Swap stories and ideas (not just advice!)
- Be free of toxicity, trolls, and ads. (Bye bye, Facebook. We love you, but...)
We need more than just information. We need insights we can trust. We need friendship to help us live lives of hope and meaning.
Who this community is not for:
For any community to mean something and take action, there must be focus. And our community exists for a clear goal: unity, friendship, and formation.
Pope Francis is a source of unity for us. Please don't enter if you reject Pope Francis and the 2nd Vatican Council, thrive on impending apocalyptic prophecies, polarized politics, and constant argument.
There are plenty of other groups out there for you! Discussion on all topics is welcome, but bad manners aren't. Ever. Offenders are warned or removed. God love you!