December 17, 2017

The 3rd Week of Advent!


Today marks the 3rd week of Advent. Today Jesus talks about John the Baptist. He told about the coming of Jesus. We also know from the scripture that John was the son of Mary’s cousin Elizabeth. John told the people to prepare the way for the coming of God. This week we light the third candle. This candle is pink.  It symbolizes joy. Think about the joy that comes from the love of Jesus.  May we spread the joy of Jesus’ love with everyone we meet.

In this Advent season, we can plan weekly actions that help us to prepare for the coming of Jesus. How can you open your heart to get ready for Jesus?


God our Father, help us to continue to keep peace in our hearts as we come closer to Christmas. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen 

Upcoming Events 
Reminder this week is Christmas stocking week!
Dec 20- Christmas Craft at 1:00- parents welcome
Dec 21- Snowflake Sale
Dec 22- Last day before Christmas Break

December 9, 2017

PEACE

Today marks the lighting of the 2nd purple advent candle. We patiently await the coming of baby Jesus. Again,  candles symbolize our longing, our desire, and our hope. Remember the three "advents" or "comings"? We want to recall that Jesus came in the past to save us from our sin and death. We want to experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives. When we woke up, each day this past week, we lit that candle in our hearts taking a few moments to focus on God, thanking him for today and for sending his Son.

Prayer for the second week of advent

Father in heaven,
the day draws near when the glory of your Son
will make radiant the night of the waiting world.
May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy
which moves the hearts of those who seek him.
May the darkness not blind us
to the vision of wisdom
which fills the minds of those who find him.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Students have expressed an interest in doing a Secret Santa in class. I have agreed to let them participate in this activity. I have asked students to put a little twist on the traditional idea of secret santa. On the last week of school, all students chose to participate in the secret santa. On Monday, they are making a Christmas card, Tuesday they are making something, Wednesday- something to eat, Thursday- Act of Kindness and Friday 1 gift below $5 dollars. I have stressed to students to please adhere to the money amount.

Upcoming Events in our Classroom and School

Christmas Advent Mass- December 15, 2017 @ 9:30
Christmas Movie Night (Parent Council)- December 15, 2017
Christmas Craft Day- December  20, 2017
Snowflake Sale-December 21, 2017


December 3, 2017

Advent Begins

Today we begin Advent, we light one candle today symbolizing our longing, our desire, our HOPE in the coming of Jesus. As we come together as a school community in the spirit of Advent let us pray and remind ourselves of the symbols and their meanings. 

The advent wreath is green, the colour of new life and hope.  Green reminds us of the newborn Jesus, who came to show us the way to everlasting life.  Green reminds us of the gift of new life we received at baptism.  Green also reminds us that we are people of hope, because God is always with us, to raise us up when we are sad, when we are sick and even when we die.

The advent wreath has three purple candles and one pink candle.  Purple is the colour of kings and queens.  It is also the colour of penance: the small sacrifices we make to welcome Jesus in our hearts and to prepare ourselves to meet with him on Christmas Day.

Pink is the colour of Joy.  It reminds us of the joy of meeting Jesus at Christmas.

The Advent wreath is made in a circle, with no beginning or end.  It reminds us of God’s everlasting love, which has no beginning or end. We light our Advent wreath from a single candle.  This candle reminds us of Jesus, who comes to us as Light of the World.

During this Advent season, let us try to remember the special times in our lives when we walked in God’s light.  Sharing our faith as a family here at our school is a wonderful way to prepare our hearts for the coming of Lord Jesus.

A prayer for the first week of Advent

God of hope, who brought love into this world,
be the love that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought peace into this world,
be the peace that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought joy into this world,
be the joy that dwells between us.
God of hope, the rock we stand upon,
be the centre, the focus of our lives
always, and particularly this Advent time.

God Bless
A. Porcari