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St. Paul Weekly Update: Dec. 6-10

Dear St. Paul CES Families,

For the second week in Advent, we focus on PEACE –  In John 14:27, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

Two purple candles are lit.

Prince of Peace, reveal yourself to us today. We need peace in our lives, our homes, our families, our church, and our whole world. Help us to slow down and seek out the peace you provide, so we may become peacemakers for ourselves and others. In your name, Prince of Peace, we pray.

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.
Amen.

Please see below for important information items for this week.

ST. RAPHAEL PARISH NEWS:

Please take a moment to read this week’s bulletin by clicking this link.

St. Paul Christmas Concert Update

Our St. Paul students are ready for their final performances of their song for our Christmas Concert!  All classes will be recorded this week, during their music period with Mrs. Sheldrick.  Unfortunately, if your child is absent from the day of their music class that week, they will not be in the concert. 

CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE:

St. Paul Catholic School will be holding a Christmas Food Drive during the Advent season in support of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The food drive begins Monday, November 29 and runs until Wednesday, December 15 and we have set a school-wide goal of 2021 non-perishable food items. Items in need include canned vegetables, cereal, Side Kicks, canned cranberries, turkey gravy, and Stovetop stuffing, but all donations are very much appreciated. We hope that you can give to this very important cause and help us reach our goal.

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!Big Spirit Moon Paint Night – 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:

Grandmother’s Voice YouTube Channel

If you have any questions, please contact Sherry Saevil, Indigenous Education Advisor at: saevils@hcdsb.org.

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.

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.

~ https://ontario.cmha.ca/take-15-minutes-just-for-you/

Have a great day!

Nov
29
Mon
Christmas Food Drive
Nov 29 – Dec 15 all day
St. Paul Catholic School will be holding a Christmas Food Drive during the Advent season in support of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The food drive begins Monday, November 29 and runs until Wednesday, December 15 and we have set a school-wide goal of 2021 non-perishable food items. Items in need include canned vegetables, cereal, Side Kicks, canned cranberries, turkey gravy, and Stovetop stuffing, but all donations are very much appreciated. We hope that you can give to this very important cause and help us reach our goal.
Dec
5
Sun
2nd week of Advent – Purple Candle of Love
Dec 5 all day
Dec
6
Mon
Confirmation Parent Meeting – Grade 7’s – St. Raphael Church
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Baptismal Certificate Needed

Dec
7
Tue
Postponed – To be rescheduled – Volleyball Game vs. St. Raphael (Girls Away – Boys Home)
Dec 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dec
8
Wed
Girls – Volleyball vs. St. Raphael – Home Game
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dec
9
Thu
Volleyball Game vs. St. Gabriel (Girls home – Boys Away)
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dec
12
Sun
3rd week of Advent – Pink Candle of Joy
Dec 12 all day
Dec
13
Mon
First Communion Parent Meeting – Grade 2’s – St. Raphael Church
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Baptismal Certificate Needed

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