Prepare the way of the Lord
Prince of Peace, help
us to be messengers of
reconciliation to prepare
the way for Jesus as John
the Baptist did. Show us
small ways to build peace
in our family, community,
The Second Week of Advent
Preparing our Hearts and asking for Grace.
We prepare this week by stepping up the longing. We move through this week by naming deeper and more specific desires.
Each morning this week, if even for that brief moment at the side of our beds, we want to light a second inner candle. We want to let it represent “a bit more hope.” Perhaps we can pause, breathe deeply and say,
“Lord, I place my trust in you.”
Each day this week, as we encounter times that are rushed, even crazy, we can take that deep breath, and make that profound prayer. Each time we face some darkness, some experience of “parched land” or desert, some place where we feel “defeated” or “trapped,” we hear the words, “Our God will come to save us!”
The grace we desire for this week is to be able to hear the promise and to invite our God to come into those real places of our lives that dearly need God’s coming. We want to be able to say:
“Lord, I place my trust in your promise. Please, Lord, rouse your power and come into this place in my life.”
Each night this week we can look back over the day and give thanks for the moments of deep breath, that opened a space for more trust and confidence in God’s fidelity to us. No matter how difficult the challenges we are facing – from the growing realization of our personal sinfulness, to any experience of emptiness or powerlessness, even in the face of death itself – we can give thanks for the two candles that faithfully push back the darkness. And, we can give thanks for the graces given us to believe that “Our God will come to save us” because we were given the courageous faith to desire and ask boldly.
Come, Lord Jesus. Come and visit your people.
We await your coming. Come, O Lord.
In January, our Vice Principal, Mrs. Carey, will be moving on to join the St. Gabriel School Community. We are so grateful to her for sharing her many gifts and talents with our community over the last year. We wish her many blessings as she continues on her journey in Catholic Education. We have been enriched by her presence at St. Andrew, and she will be missed greatly. We welcome back Mrs. Kotulak from her maternity leave. We know that she is excited to rejoin our staff and see all of our students again who she has been missing. We can’t wait for her to see how much everyone has grown, both in mind and body, upon her return! We look very forward to hearing her laughter in the hallways once again.
School Advent Mass
On Tuesday morning, at 10:00 am, our Grade 5 students will be hosting an Advent Mass. Our new St. Andrew School Choir, led by the incredible Miss Johnston, will be singing for the first time. They sing like angels! If you are able to join us for this Mass to celebrate the Second Week of Advent, we would love to have you pray with us!
On December 13th, we will be celebrating Joy Day as we await the coming of Christ! Children are invited to wear red and green and in many of our classes, students will be making Christmas crafts.
Grandparents’ Twilight Advent Mass
As part of our Christmas Tradition, the Jesse Tree is used as a form of the Advent Calendar. Jesse was the father of King David, and the Bible tells us that Jesus is descended from the House of David and is a new branch on the Jesse Tree. On December 10th, and 7:00 pm, Mary Mother of God Parish will be hosting a very special Twilight Advent Mass for all families who attend St. Andrew, St. Marguerite, Holy Family and St. Gregory schools. With the beginning of Advent, we celebrate Jesus’ ancestry. We would like to also celebrate YOUR ancestry, and children are invited to bring their grandparents to this special celebration of the New Liturgical Year.
After Mass, we will have a Christmas sing-along in the church, along with refreshments. You are invited to send in photos of your children with their grandparents to be displayed on the big screens during this lovely celebration of family. Please email your photos to Debbie Frey via firstname.lastname@example.org
Tree of Love
Thank you to the many families who participated in our Tree of Love campaign by donating gift cards to those in need in our community. Your generosity will make someone else’s Christmas a little merrier. If you have not yet had a chance to send in your gift card, we can still accept them on Monday. A representative from the church will pick them up from the school.
School Advent Liturgy
On Tuesday, December 17th, our Grade One students will be hosting an Advent Liturgy at 1:15 PM in the gymnasium.
December 20, 2019, is the final day of school before Christmas Break. The school board has confirmed that this will be an early release day for students. St. Andrew students will be released 90 minutes early this day, dismissal time will be 1:50 pm. Bus drop off times will be adjusted accordingly. Please ensure that your family has a plan in place for after school care for your child.