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Weekly Update March 29, 2021

I have set you an example so that you should do as I have done for you.

John 13-16

Holy Week

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of one of the most significant weeks in our liturgical lives.  As we hear the gospels of Palm Sunday and Holy Week we are called to enter into these historical events as if we were actually there with Jesus.  On Sunday, we hear about the joy and great hope of the people as they wave palms calling out triumphantly “Hosanna!… Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!”  How quickly this rejoicing turns to sadness. In a few short days, following this event we hear about the angry shouts to “Crucify him!” 

Reflection: This Sunday, as we listen to the narration of the Passion of our Lord, enter into the narrative, asking yourself “Who am I in the crowd? 

Some questions to consider:

  • Where am I when Jesus passes by? … shouting his name…hiding and protecting myself?
  • Am I like Judas in any way? … have I betrayed others or let someone down?
  • Have I denied Jesus, like Peter? … pretending not to know him or turning away from my faith
  • Have I behaved like Pilate? … judging…condemning others… turning away from doing the right thing
  • How can I follow the example of Simon and Veronica?  … reaching out to help those who are struggling

Stations of the Cross

We will be commemorating the Stations of the Cross as a school community on Thursday at 10:50. If you would like to join us, you are welcome to connect via this Teams link:

Join on your computer or mobile app: Click here to join the meeting

Easter Celebrations

The school will be closed on Good Friday (April 2) and Easter Monday (April 5). We will look forward to welcoming students back to the building on Tuesday, April 6.

We hope that you enjoy some time to relax and recharge during this time, and we urge you to continue to follow all of the public health guidelines while doing so to ensure that the time is also as safe as possible for you, your family, and our community.

Change in Learning Environment

On Monday the students whose families had requested a change to their learning environment begin their new classes. We are happy to welcome students back to the school building, and we wish those who are joining new classes online all the best.

Congratulations to our Confirmandi

Our Grade 7 students were confirmed this week at Mary Mother of God Parish. As you strive to follow in His footsteps may He bless your life with many graces and lasting happiness!

A Message from Halton Regional Police

As a driver in Ontario, it is your responsibility to obey all posted speed limits. The Halton Regional Police Service wants
to remind motorists that this is especially important around school zones. Unfortunately, collisions have occurred due
to speeding in these areas.

Please read the attached letter for more information:

World Autism Awareness Day* DATE CHANGE

April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2nd is worldwide Autism Awareness Day. People with autism can have a hard time communicating and understanding social cues. The symbol for Autism Awareness is the puzzle piece as the puzzle pattern reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colours and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. On Thursday, April 1st, Tuesday, April 6th, we will Light it Up Blue in recognition of people with autism and those who love and support them. Please join us in wearing blue to show your support.

St. Andrew Cookbook

Our St. Andrew Cookbook is nearly complete! Thank you to the many families who contributed photos and recipes; thank you to all of the parents who have worked tirelessly to put this beautiful book together for us. Watch for a notification coming soon about how to order your copy via School CashOnline.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Parent Information Sessions

The Special Education Services department at HCDSB is hosting a series of parent information sessions to help families adjust and respond to the new norms faced during a global pandemic, and how to cope with the mental health and well-being of their children in times of uncertainty and change. 

A link to each live session will be posted on the Board’s homepage the day of the scheduled presentation.

If you cannot attend this virtual session on the scheduled time and day, a link to the recorded presentation will be available on HCDSB’s website and YouTube channel for later viewing. 

More Information
To learn more about the topics that will be discussed in the upcoming parent information sessions, please visit our Board’s website: Fostering Mental Health & Well-Being: Parent Information Sessions

First Communion & Reconciliation

Your child will have the opportunity to receive his or her First Communion on the following dates:

FRIDAY, APRIL 30 AT 7:00 PM
SATURDAY, MAY 1 AT 10:30 AM 
SATURDAY, MAY 1 AT  2:00 PM
SATURDAY, MAY 8 AT 10:30 AM 
SATURDAY, MAY 8 AT 2:00 PM

Masses are NOT organized by school. Please choose whichever Mass suits your family best. Please click here to access the parish website.

Your child will have the opportunity to receive his or her First Reconciliation on the following dates:

Saturday, April 17th:
10:00 am to Noon/3:00pm to 4:30 pm

Saturday, April 24th:
10:00 am to Noon/3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

This sacrament must be received BEFORE your child receives their First Holy Communion. 

HCCF 24 Hour Fast

Several of our Intermediate classes have decided to participate in the Halton Catholic Children’s Foundation’s 24-hour Lenten Fast. As a Catholic Community, we are called by Jesus to care for others. The HCCF strives to do this by providing financial assistance to students and families in Halton who are in need. Our Intermediate students will be fasting from food, social media, or television in an effort to raise funds for their fellow Halton students in need. 

HCCF uses the funding to support HCDSB families in need by purchasing food, other basic necessities, such as eye-glasses, clothing, toys, and providing funding for educational programming and extracurricular activities. We have often drawn on this funding to support our St. Andrew families. 

If you would like to support our Intermediate students in their 24-hour fast, please CLICK HERE and select “Donate Now“. Once you have selected your donation amount, (no amount is too small), please click “Assign to a Team” and scroll down to “St. Andrew Catholic School.”

Coming Up

Mar
29
Mon
Change Over Day for New Learning Environment
Mar 29 all day
Mar
30
Tue
HCCF 24 Hour Fast
Mar 30 all day

If you would like to support our Intermediate students in their 24-hour fast, please CLICK HERE and select “Donate Now“. Once you have selected your donation amount, (no amount is too small), please click “Assign to a Team” and scroll down to “St. Andrew Catholic School.”

Mar
31
Wed
Grade 8 Grad Photos – Mr. Tallevi’s Class
Mar 31 all day
Apr
1
Thu
Stations of the Cross
Apr 1 @ 10:45 am – 11:30 am

Join on your computer or mobile app: Click here to join the meeting

Apr
2
Fri
Good Friday – Schools Closed
Apr 2 all day
Apr
5
Mon
Easter Monday – Schools Closed
Apr 5 all day
Apr
6
Tue
Light it Up Blue for Autism
Apr 6 all day
Apr
12
Mon
Spring Break
Apr 12 – Apr 16 all day
Apr
17
Sat
First Reconciliation
Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Please click here to access the parish website to register. Your child must receive First Reconciliation prior to receiving First Holy Communion. 

Weekly Update March 29, 2021