Happy Advent and happy New Year! Advent is the season to prepare for the birth of Jesus in our hearts and the beginning of the Church’s liturgical year. This time of year can be extremely busy for families but it is also the perfect opportunity to let our lights shine for others. As we go about preparing for the holidays take some time to prepare for of Christ in our hearts. Here are some ideas:
First, read scripture and pray as a family daily. These two simple activities can bring calm and peace to all who participate. The readings for this first week of Advent are:
Sunday Romans 13:11-14
Monday 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Tuesday Mark 13:33 33-37
Wednesday John 1:1-5
Thursday John 1:6-9
Friday Jeremiah 33: 14-16
Saturday- Isaiah 6
Second, do kind acts for others. These can be simple and require only a small amount of effort. Doing kind acts together, has the added benefit of bringing a family closer and also will create life long memories for your children.
Lastly, give to others. Donations of food and gifts are in high demand this time of year. This is also an opportunity to teach your children about tithing!
The food drive was a great success! Catholic Charities thanks you for your generous donations! Have a blessed week go in peace and don’t run in the halls.
Deborah J.V. Nettell
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is the doctrine that the Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin. It was this grace that enabled Mary to say “Yes” to the request, conveyed by the Angel Gabriel, that she should consent to be the mother of God. Pope Pius IX formalized this doctrine in 1854.
The Season of Advent- The season of Advent is the time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas and the start of the liturgical year in the Roman Catholic Church.
Advent Activities for the Family- Make an Advent Tree of Kindness. Directions are included in this mailing.
Pray For Michael Carvalho, grandfather to Ryan & Dylan Nakada. The Bouchard family as they mourn the passing of Joan’s mother.
Special Thanks– to Alison Trukki, Molly Garcia, Tommy Martinez and Earl Muscat for coaching our basketball teams!
Prayer of the Day– Dear Lord, keep my thoughts fixed on what is true, pure, excellent and worthy of praise.
Mark Your Calendars!
Sierra Chamber Opera– Will perform for our school on December 4th. The first show is at 9:00am and the second show is at 9:50am.
IMPORTANT Parent Club Meeting- December 5th at 6:00pm – see more info in family envelope.
School Mass– December 6th 9:00am @ OLV Church. Students must wear formal uniforms.
Saint Nicholas Feast Day– December 6th
Third and Fifth field trip to the Zoo– December 6th
Pre-order Spaghetti Dinner – December 6th-16th – See family envelope for information and order form.
School Mass– December 8th at 9:30 am Mass. Students in the school choir should wear their formal uniform and arrive at the church by 9:00 am.
Grandparents Club Meeting – December 8th in OLV APR @10:45am. See family envelope for more information
Student Council Christmas Boutique– December 10th – 12th
RECYCLE – December 11th in the morning only! See family envelope for more information.
Christmas Program– December 19th. Pre-School through the first grades’ performance will start at 5:30 pm, and the second through the 8th grades’ performance will begin at 7:00pm.
Student Council Holiday Free Dress– December 18th
Booster Free Dress– December 19th. The cost of free dress is $2.00 and all the money will benefit the sports programs.
Christmas Vacation– December 23rd – January 5th