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Weekly Update – Nov. 29

“Advent increases our hope, a hope which does not disappoint. The Lord never lets us down.”

Pope Francis

Thank you for Completing your Child’s Daily School Screening!

Thank you to all parents / guardians for your continued efforts in completing your child’s Daily School Screening https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/ BEFORE students come to school / YMCA. Thank you for your continued cooperation in keeping everyone safe!

Any student or staff with signs/symptoms of COVID-19 MUST Stay at home / Self-isolate / Be referred for testing for COVID-19. 

Advent Virtual Liturgies

As we begin the season of Advent, may we take the time to reflect on the true meaning of the Christmas season and the coming of our Saviour. This year our Advent Liturgies will continue to be virtual. We look forward to praying together with our families and prepare for the birth of Christ as we light (battery run) each of the advent wreath candles, weekly.

Save the Dates – Please join us for our Weekly School Advent Liturgies:

Week 1  – Thursday, December 2 @1:30 p.m. Thank you to Mrs. Burke, Mr. Faiazza for taking care of our technical needs and supporting student preparations. We look forward to St. Mark Families joining us. Please use the following link to access our Virtual Liturgy.

Week 1 -Advent Liturgy

Week 2  – Tuesday, December 7th @2:00 p.m.  TEAMS link will be shared at a later date.

Week 3 – Tuesday, December 14th @11:00 a.m.   TEAMS link will be shared at a later date.

December Spirit Days – Mark Your Calendar….

Show your Christmas spirit on the following days:

Thursday, December 2nd – Wear something Purple to celebrate the beginning of Advent

Friday, December 10th – Pajamas Day

Friday, December 17th – Christmas Red and Green Day (Christmas Wear)

Christmas Angel Tree Donation Campaign for Families in Need – 2 Week Blitz

Recognizing our call to supporting those in need, St. Mark will once again host our annual Christmas Angel Tree Donation Campaign, virtually. We have listed descriptors (i.e. Male / Female / Age / Gift Idea) posted online via the link below, starting today.  If you would like to participate in helping a family this Christmas, please choose which gift you would like to purchase. A follow up email will be sent to you. We are asking for all gifts to be returned to school UNWRAPPED and with a label of your gift donation description, by Thursday, December 9th.  THANK YOU for your ongoing support and tremendous generosity!!!

Christmas Angel Tree 2021 Donations

Lunchbox Orders

This week’s Lunchbox Orders from “Subway” will be delivered to St. Mark on Wednesday, December 1st at lunch. Gentle reminder that food orders are due Sunday by noon through SchoolCashOnline.

Accessibility Day

This year, Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will be celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities on Friday, December 3rd. St. Mark will be using the week to promote, raise awareness and support the rights and significant contributions of persons with disabilities.  We will draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all!!

St. Mark Catholic School Council Advent Corner:

Our St. Mark Catholic School Council has organized many different fun activities which will be taking place throughout the month of December. Please look out for weekly alerts via email for details and upcoming activities/ virtual events.

Council has prepared a Family Prayer that all our families could use this week at home….

WEEK 1 – Advent  

Nightly Prayer: Hope 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Leader: God our Father, during this first week of Advent, we ask You to fill our hearts with hope as we journey toward the birth of Your Son.  

All: Come, Lord Jesus. 

Family member lights the first purple advent candle. 

Leader:  Lord, we confess that we do not always accept Your invitation to true happiness.  Often, we fill our hearts with distractions and lesser things.  By Your gift of hope, help us to desire You above all else, and fully trust Your promises.   

All:  Come, Lord Jesus. 

Leader: We place our trust in You, relying not on our own strength, but on the help and grace of the Holy Spirit.  Let Your gift of hope enlighten our hearts, minds, actions, and deepest desires.  Let us hope in You, seeking only You as our true source of happiness.   

All: Fill our hearts with hope! Amen. 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest

With Christmas just around the corner, the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) will once again be running its annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! This year, the contest will be open for entries through to Friday, December 3, 2021.For more information about the contest and submission requirements, please visit the Board’s website: https://hcdsb.info/keeping-christ

Follow us on Twitter @MarkLion14 to see all of the wonderful things happening at St. Mark School!

Wishing everyone a most blessed beginning to Advent.

St. Mark Staff

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Annual Christmas Angel Tree Donation Campaign
Nov 29 – Dec 9 all day
If you would like to participate in helping a family this Christmas, please choose which gift you would like to purchase. A follow up email will be sent to you. We are asking for all gifts to be returned to school UNWRAPPED and with a label of your gift donation description, by Thursday, December 9th.  THANK YOU for your ongoing support and tremendous generosity!!!  Christmas Virtual Angel Tree      
Christmas Angel Tree Donations Campaign Begins
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Lunch Box – Subway
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Wear Something Purple to Celebrate the Beginning of Advent
Dec 2 all day
Advent Virtual Liturgy – Week 1
Dec 2 @ 1:30 pm – 1:50 pm
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Accessibility Day – Raising Awareness
Dec 3 all day
Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest – Online Submissions DUE Today
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Advent Virtual Liturgy – Week 2
Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
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