During the second week of Advent, we light two purple candles to symbolize the peace of God that we welcome into our hearts this season. The Advent wreath reminds us to celebrate our faith and to practice it deliberately. Our faith is nothing short of a gift, instilled in us by a loving God and nutured by other people who loved us enough to share their faith with us.
We will celebrate the second week of Advent as a school community on Monday with a virtual liturgy prepared by Ms. Miranda & Ms. St. Jean’s classes.
Each day of Advent, we invite our school community to participate in our Advent intention. Please see the calendar below:
St. Matthew Catholic Parish News – From the Pastor’s Desk…
Our Advent journey, as a Christian people, is always meant to be one of hope, but this year it feels a little easier to get on the bandwagon. In the weeks before we celebrate the Nativity, we turn ourselves to the task of cultivating expectation: that the Lord will come at the end of time to complete the process of redeeming and restoring Creation; that his light gradually fills, redeems, and restores our own lives as we turn to him; and that the more we live, as a people, the radical love that is his Gospel, the better the world around us becomes. With parish life—and life in society at large—inching closer to normal, our lived experience may help us with this age-old task. Listen carefully to the ancient prophecies read at Mass throughout the season, our own proclamations in the world are meant to be similarly stirring in their hopefulness. Christians are often characterized as preachers of doom and gloom, sometimes deservedly so. It bears repeating that it was never meant to be this way. If we, who live with God as our friend, cannot enunciate the peace and trustworthiness of his promises, who will? It’s not to say we’re without crosses and challenges, but we can’t allow bearing them to separate us from our most pressing vocation: proclaiming the Gospel.
~ Father Allen Varlaki
Follow St. Matthew Catholic Church on Social Media and keep up to date with all that is happening in our parish! There are four ways to connect to the parish:
- Website – https://www.saintmatthew.ca/
- FaceBook – https://www.facebook.com/saintmtoakville
- Twitter – @saintmtoakville
- YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Af1hB7O-VS5PB1gYvTJhA
Congratulations to our November OCGE medal winners-I Have A Voice!
Congratulations to our November medal winners; Mario V., Nicholas G., Ashton R., Myla A., Esteban B., Johny Z., Keeling M., Victoria H., Ayla R., Kata Grace R., Julian H., Antonio B., Mikayla O., Ava C., Madison N., Cameron A., Chiara K., Giordan E., Tahjai S-W., who displayed what it means to be an effective communicator who lives their life like Jesus did.
Our Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success! Thank you to all families, teachers, and students who participated, supporting our school while enhancing home libraries. We raised approximately $8 000 dollars.
Your investment in your reader helped our school to earn valuable Rewards that can be redeemed for new books for our school and classroom libraries, as well as supplies and Education Resources to benefit our students.
We can’t wait to hear all about the new stories you have added to your home libraries!
Thank you for participating in our Scholastic Book Fair!
Indigenous Art Family Paint Night
HCDSB families, students and staff are invited to participate in a virtual family paint night to get creative at home and learn about Indigenous art!
The online session will be hosted by Indigenous Artist, Moses Lunham, who will provide step-by-step instructions on how to create a painting at home. No prior artistic experience is necessary to get involved. However, those interested in participating can prepare for the art session(s) by collecting the following art supplies.
Save the Date!
Tuesday, December 7th, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
A link to the live event will be available on the scheduled time and day of the presentation on the Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel:
If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at: email@example.com.
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.
Upcoming Joy Days
Staff and students are invited to participate in our upcoming JOY days:
Friday December 10th – Christmas Sweater Day
Friday December 17th – Dress Like an Elf Day
Daily Self Screening for all students is required
All staff and students must continue to self-screen every day before attending school. Any individuals who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as identified in the screening tool, must not attend school and should follow the guidance provided in the screening tool, which may include seeking appropriate medical attention as required, and/or getting tested for COVID-19. Please note that although proof of daily screening is no longer required by parents, we ask for you continued diligence in completing the screening daily.
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.
Promoting Well-Being – Take 15 minutes just for you
15 minutes for your spiritual health…
Spiritual wellness is about connecting with what is meaningful to you in a way that lightens or enriches your spirit.
“Research shows that spirituality is linked with physical well-being, and spiritual wellness can bring comfort and lend strength for handling life’s challenges,” says Tara McKendrick, CEO of CMHA Niagara. “Try exploring radical self-compassion, perhaps through learning simple meditation techniques that provide your mind a rest from doing.”
Other ways to enhance your spiritual wellness include:
- Spend time in nature. Studies show it has a powerful positive effect on mind and body and that even spending 15 minutes per day outdoors in nature can be beneficial.
- Indulge your creativity. Creativity can be an effective tool for enhancing our spiritual growth and help us to express our emotions. Try painting, drawing, writing, poetry, knitting, or practicing a musical instrument.
- Practice gratitude. Write down three things that you are grateful for and why. Or take the time reach out to people that you love and tell them you appreciate them.