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Weekly Update Week of November 29, 2021

CHRISTMAS ANGELS

Thank you so much to those families who have already donated. This is the last weekend to send in gift cards! All donations are due November 29.

KISS-AND-RIDE

We all lead such busy lives, so when there is an opportunity to visit with our families, we are always better for it.  When it’s raining/snowing/sun shining please consider a family walk to alleviate the number of cars accessing the kiss-and-ride.  If you come early, please take up the open parking spots.  Lastly, in support of the environment, we ask that everyone using the kiss-and-ride who are parked, please turn off their car.  Our St. Elizabeth Seton school property is an idle-free zone.  Please turn off your car.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

International Day of Persons with Disabilities takes place each year on December 3rd. This day is set aside to increase knowledge and understanding about disabilities. St. Elizabeth Seton will be recognizing International Day for Persons with Disabilities in activities throughout the week of November 29th to December 3rd

“Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. It is also central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind. The commitment to realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is not only a matter of justice; it is an investment in a common future.”

From <https://www.un.org/en/observances/day-of-persons-with-disabilities>

ADVENT

The new Liturgical Year begins on the first Sunday of Advent which is November 28.  The beginning of this new season provides us with an opportunity to renew our commitment to our Catholic faith.  This Advent season allows for a time of prayer and reflection to prepare us for the “coming” of our Lord Jesus. 

To help us celebrate and prepare for the birth of Jesus as a community, we will be having our Advent Liturgy Friday, December 3 at 10:45.  Please click on the link below to join us and our Grade 4s as they lead us in prayer.

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Tips for Celebrating the Advent Liturgies with your Family

1. Carve out time

Together, decide on a time for your weekly Advent prayer in the home. Advent can be a busy and difficult time for many. Try to find a time and day of the week that is predictably calm so that as many members of the family can participate as possible. A weekly family meal can make for a perfect time for prayer.

2. Set the scene

Create an intentional space for prayer. If you are gathering during mealtimes, consider using your Advent wreath as a centrepiece on your dinner table. Before Advent begins, gather some simple greens and candles to create your own Advent wreath (an instructional video for this process is available in “additional resources”). Make sure the space you choose for prayer is comfortable and inviting for all children present. Have a match or lighter ready to light the candles on your wreath for each week’s prayer.

3. Keep the prayer simple with easy, accessible language

Using the text provided below, prepare to lead your family through a brief time of prayer and reflection. Remind those present that we light our wreath to remember that Advent is a season of preparation, and we are called to keep our eyes and hearts open for the coming of Christ into the world. Before you begin your celebration, have your children share whom or what they would like to remember in prayer this day.

4. Keep the conversation going

Advent is a beautiful season of preparation, both for our homes and for our hearts. Take time in these busy days to stop and engage in prayerful conversation on the “reason for the season”. At the supper table, in the car on the way to an Advent gathering, or before bed after a hectic day, take time to ask:

  • How can we prepare our hearts as a family to welcome Jesus on Christmas day?
  • It is a wonderful time of the year to give gifts. What gift can you offer to Jesus out of love for Him?
  • Our Advent wreath brings the light of Christ into our home. How can you shine Christ’s light to others?
  • It can be hard to wait patiently for the joy of Christmas. What is one thing we can do together as a family to help us remain focused on Jesus and His coming?

https://hamiltondiocese.com/advent2021/

CCAT GRADE 4

In grade 4, our students participated in gifted screening.  Results will be received between January 10-21, 2022.  SERTs will review the CCAT-7 scores and identify students who qualify for second-level testing.  Only for students who qualify, will SERTs send home a letter to the parents.  If you would like to know your child’s score, please contact the SERT office.

PARISH UPDATE

The sacraments will be celebrated by date – not organized by school or classroom. This is a much more manageable approach and enables families to choose dates/times that work for them. Additionally, the sacrament celebration is first and foremost a parish event, not a school event, and as such should be parish and family-focused.

Parents will be asked to use our parish website Book Online feature to book for each sacrament. There will be maximum capacity limits for all services.

Online Booking: Online booking for BOTH First Reconciliation and First Communion opens Monday, January 10th at 12:00 pm and closes on January 17th at 12:00 pm.

Parents will be given further booking directions closer to the date booking opens.

Sacrament Dates:

• Thursday, March 24 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

• Friday March 25 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

• Saturday March 26 from 11:00am to 12:30pm

(If you cannot attend any of these dates you can bring your child to regularly scheduled confessions anytime before their First Communion)

First Communion:

• Saturday June 11th with services at: 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm

• Saturday, June 18th with services at: 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm

(If your child cannot attend any of these dates, please contact the parish office)

Parents will receive updates about the sacraments from the parish throughout the year regarding other details. Watch your inbox for updates and contact us if you have any questions.

Arden Ouellette, Lay Parish Minister, St. Paul the Apostle Parish

aouellette@hamiltondiocese.com 905-332-5115

PIZZA DAYS 2022

Pizza days this year have been going well and will continue from January to March.  Beginning January 7, we will be having pizza days every Friday that students are in school.  School Cash Online will open on November 29 and the last day to order will be December 13.  Please ensure you have your orders in before the end of the school day on December 13 as we will not be able to accommodate late orders.

MacLennan, LisaWeekly Update Week of November 29, 2021