For the third week in Advent, we focus on JOY – “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you.” Psalm 5:11
Too often, we think joy is something big, O God. A brass band or a parade can certainly bring us joy. Just as easily and far more often, we can feel joy in a hug or the squeeze of hand, we can see joy in a smile or hear it in laughter. Help us to not overlook the simple joys that peak into our lives daily. This week in our Advent journey, open our eyes to the joy that surrounds us.
The 3rd Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday. On this day we celebrate that our waiting for the birth of Jesus on Christmas day is almost over. Rose is a liturgical color that is used to signify joy, so we light the single pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent. The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy with the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus. Read from more about the Advent Wreath Tradition and Meaning (information taken from the Catholic Company).
Two purple candles and one pink candle are lit.
PRAYER FOR ADVENT
As you light your candle(s) for each week of Advent invite all who gather to share in this prayer:
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.
ST. RAPHAEL PARISH NEWS:
Please take a moment to read this week’s bulletin by clicking this link.
Rapid Antigen Test Kits for In-Person Learners:
During the week of Monday, December 13th to Friday, December 17th your child will be taking home a Rapid Antigen Screening Kit for voluntary use over the Christmas holiday.
The rapid antigen screening kits have been provided by the Government of Ontario for every student who attends in-person learning at a publicly funded school. These kits may be used by any student, regardless of their vaccination status, however, should only be used when a child is asymptomatic (does not have any symptoms of COVID-19) and has not had any exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Please note, your child’s participation in this rapid antigen screening is voluntary and is not a required action for return to school after the Christmas break.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we work closely with the Ministry of Education and Halton Public Health to help keep our community safe and healthy for all.
FOOD DRIVE UPDATE:
We did it!!!!!!!!
Our School Community reached the goal of 2021 items for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive. Thank you to everyone for your generosity this Advent Season.
CHRISTMAS CIVVIES DAYS!
We have added a few extra civvies days to say thank you for your support during our Advent Christmas Food Drive!
- Wednesday, December 15 – Christmas Sweater Day/Red and Green Day
- Thursday, December 16 – Christmas Spirit Day/Red and Green Day
- Friday, December 17 – Christmas Spirit Day/Red and Green Day
PIZZA DAYS ARE BACK!
We will be offering pizza days every Thursday starting January 20th and ending April 7th (11 weeks). Students have the option of ordering Gino’s individually wrapped pepperoni or cheese slices for $2.75 each (maximum order of 3 slices). Ordering window opens on Monday, December 13th and ends Friday, January, 7th, 2022. Please go to schoolcashonline to place your order.
WINTER IS HERE!
- Please ensure your child is dressed each day to play outside at recess. Students are outside for all regular outside activities when it is warmer than -15°C. When temperatures range between -15°C to -20°C, students may remain outside for no longer than 20-minute intervals, once temperatures are colder than -20°C students must remain inside.
EARLY DISMISSAL – Friday December 17th is an Early Dismissal Day – the day ends at 1:40pm.
TRAVEL OVER THE HOLIDAYS:
With the holiday season almost here, many families will be traveling over the break. We would like to remind families to follow federal directives related to international travel and quarantine requirements. Click here for more details.
PROMOTING WELL-BEING – Outdoor winter safety: Staying safe during winter activities
- Check the weather forecast before going out for a day’s activity.
- Dress appropriately for the temperature and the activity you will be doing.
- Use well-maintained, well-fitting equipment, including the appropriate safety helmet for your activity.
- Keep activities suited to children’s age and abilities and stay alert for hazards.
For more information see the entire article at – https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/article?contentid=1954&language=English
Have a great week!
N. Costa and the St. Paul Staff
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