Advent Family Prayer
God of Love, Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us. He is a sign of your love. Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent, as we wait and prepare for His coming. We pray in the name of Jesus, our Saviour. Amen.
One of the most popular ways to celebrate Advent is with an Advent wreath. Four candles (three purple and one pink), are used to count down the weeks until Christmas. Each Sunday of Advent one of the candles is lit and special prayers are said. Each Sunday of Advent has a particular theme leading up to the birth of Christ. The first Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming. We light a purple candle on the wreath. To read more about the Advent Wreath Tradition and Meaning, click HERE (taken from the Catholic Company).
We look forward to celebrating the holy season of Advent with our community. We hope you can join us for our Advent mass on Wednesday, December 11th at 10:00 am.
Reminder of Christmas Concerts/Performances – Save the Date/Times:
We are excited to invite parents to our kindergarten and primary presentations this year. A big thank you to our staff for their efforts and planning for these events. Please see below for the dates and times.
Kindergarten – December 13th at 9:30 am (Front doors of the school will be opened at 9:00)
Grades 1-3 – December 12th at 9:15 am and 1:00 pm (Front doors of the school will be opened at 9:00 for the morning presentation and 12:45 for the afternoon presentation)
Christmas Community Outreach – Advent Angel Project:
We want to thank everyone who has participated thus far! If you still have an angel or plan to get one from our tree (there are some left!), please ensure they are submitted to their classroom teachers as soon as possible. If you come in for an angel, please enter your information in the binder located beside the Angel Tree. Please note that all gifts must be submitted on or before Tuesday, December 3rd. If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Maria Sousa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sock and Mitten Drive – As we have done in previous years, we will also have a sock & mitten drive (new purchases) following our Angel Tree program. We will welcome new sock and mittens/gloves for one week, starting on Friday, December 6th (ending Friday, December 13th). Please click HERE for more details.
Keeping Christ in Christmas Contest – Due Monday, December 2nd:
If your child is interested in entering this annual contest, please see the link below to read our feature story. Please note that all submissions must be in by/on December 2nd. Keeping Christ in Christmas Details
Grade 2 Reconciliation:
In preparation for receiving the Holy Sacrament of First Communion, our grade 2 students will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This sacrament will take place this Saturday, December 7th, 9:30 AM at St. Matthew Parish. Please keep our grade 2s in your prayers.
Reminder – Sensory Friendly Mass:
Please click here for more information on how families can enjoy Mass in a sensory-friendly environment.
A Message from the Town of Oakville:
- As we have sent in previous weeks, please be mindful of where you park around the school parking lots. By-law officers are consistently monitoring, especially for parking violations in fire routes and accessible parking spaces being occupied without the appropriate permit. As fines can be significant, please avoid parking in these areas.
- Also, the Town is continuing work along the Taplow Creek (behind our school), to improve surfacing, drainage, etc. This work will continue over the next couple weeks and may result in closures of portions of trail during this time. Please contact the Town (Parks & Open Space Department) if you have any questions or concerns.
A Special Thank You – We want to extend a special thank you to Mr. Vaduva, a parent in our school, and his company (Fundex Investments) for donating 40 restored laptops to our school! These computers are in the process of being re-imaged and will go directly to classrooms shortly for student use…we appreciate your generosity. THANK YOU!!!
Have a great week!
M. Simon and V. Chininea