Preparing the Way for the Lord
Advent prepares us for celebrating Christ’s coming in history; it calls us to consider his presence with us now in mystery, and his coming at the end of time in majesty. But what does this mean for us in our daily lives? When we think of the word “Advent”, perhaps it’s wreaths, candles, little sacrifices or special prayers that come to mind. It might also mean Christmas cards, shopping for gifts, and festive gatherings.
It’s helpful to remember that Advent is really about getting ready to receive God, who comes to us as a newborn baby, in the vulnerability of our human flesh. He is the long-awaited One whose presence brings the tranquility and order of peace.
As we celebrate Advent, it is important to remind ourselves of the true meaning of Christmas. It is so easy to get buried in the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, cleaning, and preparations, that we forget to prepare our hearts for the true JOY that is Christmas. Advent is the season of anticipation for the coming of Christ into our hearts to renew us. But sometimes we need a little help to fully embrace the spirit of Advent. We are inviting our families, including GRANDPARENTS, to a very special Twilight Advent Mass on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 pm at Mary Mother of God Church!
This week we pray for our Grade Two students who will be receiving the beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time at Mary Mother of God Parish on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 pm. May you always know the peace of Jesus, the light of His love, and the joy of His life within you.
Joy Day will be taking place on Wednesday, December 11th. Students will be engaged in Christmas activities throughout the day. Intermediate students will be visiting classes to share in the joy of the day. This will be a non-uniform pajama day and families are asked to make a donation to the charities that our school supports. Kindly make your donation on school cash.
‘Tis the Season for Christmas Concerts
We are so blessed to celebrate the Christmas season with a series of grade specific concerts at St. Gregory the Great. To help you navigate your schedule, here’s a list of what’s coming up and whether tickets are paid and free:
Date: Tues. Dec. 10th, 2019
Grades: Grades 1 to 3 and some cast members from Gr. 4 to 8
Tickets: $10/ticket; Purchase on school cash online until Sunday, December 1, 2019
Event: Kindergarten Advent Concert
Date: Friday, December 13th, 2019
Tickets: There are no ticket sales for this event.
We kindly ask parents/guardians to refrain from removing siblings from their classrooms to watch the 1:30 p.m. performance of The Best Christmas Present Ever, as all St. Gregory the Great students will watch the musical as a student community at an earlier time.
Dove Tree Collection
Just a reminder that Monday, December 9th, is the last day for the Dove Tree gift card collection. Many thanks to all the families that have already supported us, and the local families in need.
Birthday Book Club!
The Birthday Book Program at St Gregory the Great is a “great” way to mark your child’s birthday while also celebrating literacy and supporting our school library. Please read for more information! If you wish to participate in this fundraising program, please complete the form and return to school. Thank you for your generous support of our library. birthday book letter nov 2019
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. Gregory students will be released 90 minutes early this day, dismissal time will be 2:10pm. 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.
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Upcoming Events and Activities at St. Gregory the Great
MASS WITH GRANDPARENTS: Grandparents are our guests of honor during this special Advent Mass. Help decorate our Jesse Tree, join us for a holiday sing-a-long, treats and a special Grandparents PHOTO BOOTH. Tuesday, Dec 10 at 7pm at Mary Mother of God.