I love the season of Advent! It is my favorite liturgical season. I look forward to watching the Advent Wreath candles being lit at the beginning of Mass and lighting the family wreath candles at each meal time. When my children were small I wanted to celebrate Advent in a way that would help them understand how joyous waiting for Jesus’ birth could be. So each Advent Sunday my children would receive a small gift to help prepare them for His coming. They received Advent calendars, ornaments for the tree, clothing to wear on Christmas day and sometimes candy. Although my children loved receiving the gifts, what they looked forward to most and reminisce about today was the lighting of the family Advent Wreath candles. We lit our wreath at dinner time and each child had a turn lighting the candles. As my children grew older, the Advent gift giving faded, but lighting the family Advent Wreath candles remains a strong family tradition. This season of Advent I look forward to the birth of my first grandchild as well! I consider this to be a special blessing and I look forward to sharing my love of Advent with her!
Our Christmas musical extravaganza will be on Thursday, December 13th– just days away. Preschool students should wear their Sunday Best. If your child is in kindergarten or first grade they should dress will be wearing dressy dark bottoms (pants or skirts- no jeans) and either a red, green, or white dressy top (Polo’s and dress shirts are good. Please no t-shirts). Students in second through the eighth grade should dress as Christmas carolers. They may wear sweaters, jeans, Christmas hats, and scarves. You should not have to purchase anything special.
Have a blessed week, go in peace and don’t run in the halls!
Deborah J.V. Nettell
Services and Opportunities in Advent
During the season of Advent we open our hearts and minds to do service for others. Service activities can be a very rewarding and grace-filled way to enter Advent. Here are some ideas:
- Begin with prayer and reflection- why are you doing this? What grace do we hope to open ourselves to?
- Cut back or forego doing something. Use the money you will save as a donation to a charitable organization.
- Spend time with the homebound, elderly or ill.
- Join organizations that are helping others- food pantries or homeless shelter.
- When shopping for groceries, pick up groceries for others.
Conclude your service with prayer. Here is one you might use:
“Lord you came to enter our life journey completely and to become one with us. Thank you for your love and mercy. Thank you for the many blessings you have bestowed upon me and my family. Please let this simple generosity today lifts someone else’s burdens. Let this small practice of generosity today become a symbol for my desire to feed the hungry, clothe the naked , visit the sick to enter into greater service for the least of my brothers and sisters. +Amen”
Mark Your Calendars!
St. Nick’s Day– December 6
Christmas Free Dress- December 6. More information is in this packet!
3rd, 5th and 6th Field Trip– December 7. Students will travel to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo!
4th grade Field Trip– December 7th to CBS47 TV Studio
Booster Free Dress– December 12
Christmas Performance– December 13. Students in pre-school through first grade will perform at 5:30pm. Students in second through eighth will perform at 7:00pm. Both performances will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church.
Christmas Vacation- December 17- January 1, 2013
School Resumes- January 2, 2013
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