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Weekly Update Nov.29th to Dec. 3rd

Today we light the first candle of which is Hope. The anticipation of Hope in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God, Send your light into our hearts and fill us with joy,
as we prepare for the birth of your Son.
Transform our lives into images of Jesus
so that your light will shine through us.
Lord, fill the world with your peace, hope and love this Advent.
Amen.

Angel Wish Tree — St. Vincent dePaul Society

This year Saint Vincent dePaul is requesting, if you are able, donations of grocery and gift cards from the following locations:

  • $25 grocery cards from Metro, Sobeys, President’s Choice and Walmart
  • $10 gift cards from Shoppers Drug Mart, Dollarama and Tim Hortons

Please send all gift cards with your child and they will receive an angel to put on the tree.

Purdy’s Chocolate

Thank you to all the families who purchased Christmas chocolate. Orders have been placed and will be ready for pick up at the school on December 14th and 15th. Pick up information will se sent out closer to the date. 

Christmas Kahoot Night

Christmas SJOA Family Trivia Night

Parish information

During the Season of Advent, which begins next Sunday, many seek to adopt an additional spiritual practice or two. FORMED.ORG, which we make available to all parishioners, offers a variety of well-prepared resources, including a video series on the season. You can also sign up for daily reflections, emailed directly to your inbox (https://daily.formed.org/). If you haven’t done so already, sign up for a free account by searching for “St. Matthew Parish, Oakville” and following the prompts. Catholics young and old (and everywhere in between) are sure to find something nourishing.

~ Father Allen Varlaki

https://www.saintmatthew.ca/

PREPARE OUR HEARTS FOR JESUS

~https://hamiltondiocese.com/advent2021/

The Offices for Liturgy, Youth Ministry and Evangelization and Catechesis are pleased to bring you a weekly Advent resource that can be celebrated with family in your home. Below you will find tips, videos and a simple prayer to be prayed around your wreath each Sunday of Advent.

 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 centerpiece 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?

Keeping Christ in Christmas

The Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running our annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries from Friday, November 5 through Friday, December 3, 2021.
Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can all do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas. We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities!
Students may submit entries electronically in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song
  • Short video (maximum length is 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

Submissions Accepted Online ONLYTo minimize the distribution of paper and for the health and safety of our students, staff and school communities, we will be accepting submissions ONLINE ONLY this yearStudent work can be entered into the contest through an online form available on the official contest page

Student submissions will be reviewed separately by division group, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)

Sixteen (16) student entries will move on to the finals! A prize will be awarded to the top student entry in each of the four division groups.
For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website.
Deadline for Entries:
 December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Extended French Program (begins in Grade 5 at HCDSB.)

The online registration process for the 2022-2023 school year will take place in December of this year. The online registration portal will be available on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 until Friday, December 17, 2021.
A direct link to online registration will be available on the Extended French webpage, and can also be accessed on the homepage of the Board’s website (www.hcdsb.org) during this time period.
About the Random Selection Process
Student enrolment in the Extended French program will be determined through a random selection (lottery) process. Please note that only one (1) registration per child will be accepted and included in the random selection process. All duplicate registrations will be CANCELLED. Visit HCDSB’s website for more information on the Extended French Program

Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council

Our HCDSB schools are committed to creating safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environments that support student achievement and well-being in our Catholic schools. Human Rights and Equity are guiding values that are consistent both with Catholic Social Teaching, reaffirming the dignity of every individual, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Code, which safeguards students and staff from discrimination based on the protected grounds. 

The Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education Steering Committee is in the process of forming a Human Rights and Equity Advisory Council (HREAC) to engage community stakeholders including parents, students and community organizations. 

The purpose of the HREAC is to assist in identifying community needs and to provide advice and guidance on addressing systemic barriers and supporting historically underserved members of the 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Black communities in the HCDSB. 

Parents/guardians and students in Grades 7-12 interested in serving on the HREAC are invited to submit an application online through the HREAC Membership Application Form. 

Dressing for Winter Weather

With the arrival of winter like weather, we kindly request that parents ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are able to be outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15 C. When temperatures range between -15C to -20C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20C students must remain inside ~thank you for your support with this!

Upcoming Events:

Nov
22
Mon
Angel Wish Tree Donations
Nov 22 – Dec 16 all day
Nov
28
Sun
1st Week of Advent — HOPE
Nov 28 all day
Virtual Book Fair
Nov 28 all day
Nov
30
Tue
Cookie and Juice day
Nov 30 all day
Pizza Day
Nov 30 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dec
1
Wed
Sub Day
Dec 1 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dec
2
Thu
Cookie and Juice day
Dec 2 all day
Pizza Day
Dec 2 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dec
3
Fri
Civvies Day — Wear Bright Colours
Dec 3 all day
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Dec 3 all day
Dec
5
Sun
2nd Week of Advent — LOVE
Dec 5 all day
Dec
7
Tue
Cookie and Juice day
Dec 7 all day
Pizza Day
Dec 7 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Dec
8
Wed
Sub Day
Dec 8 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Kahoot Night
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Laratta, NickWeekly Update Nov.29th to Dec. 3rd