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Faith – Advent & Christmas

During the weeks leading up to Christmas, we are often busy decorating, shopping and preparing for Christmas gatherings.  This season, we hope you take some time each day to pause and remember the peace, hope and salvation that Jesus came to bring the world.  

During Advent, we will gather every Monday morning in the gym for an Advent liturgy.  We will light a candle on our Advent wreath and reflect on the theme of the week.  

 

1st week of Advent: Hope (purple candle)

2nd week of Advent: Love (purple candle)

3rd week of Advent: Joy (pink candle)

4th week of Advent: Peace (purple candle)

The candles represent the light of Jesus coming into the world.  The circle created by the wreath is a symbol of the everlasting life that Jesus gave us.

 

Our Advent Mass has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 11:25 am at Sacred Heart Church.  Ms. Furfaro’s Grade 3 class is organizing the Mass.

On behalf of the staff of Sacred Heart Catholic School, have a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

Christmas Concert

Our Christmas Concert is on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.  This year, due to our large number of Kindergarten students, the Kindergarten Christmas concert will separate from our Grade 1-8 Christmas Concert.

Kindergarten Concert  5:30 pm

Gr. 1-8  1:45 pm and 6:30 pm

The Candy Cane

White is a symbol of Jesus’ purity.

Red is a symbol of Jesus’ blood when he died on the cross.

The shape is that of a shepherd’s staff which is a symbol of Jesus as our shepherd or upside down, it is a J for Jesus.

The Star

The star remembers the star of Bethlehem that led the three kings or wise men to the baby Jesus.

The Christmas Stocking

The Christmas stocking comes from a story about St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra.  In this tradition, St. Nicholas threw money into the house of a poor family and it landed in the stockings of three girls who had hung them by the fireplace to dry.

Gift Bearers Around the World

In Canada and the US, Santa Claus brings presents on Christmas Eve.  In other countries, there is Father Christmas, Grandfather Frost or others who deliver presents on December 6 (the feast of St. Nicholas) or Christmas Eve or the feast of the Epiphany in January (when the three kings visited baby Jesus with gifts). A list of the different gift bearers around the world can be found at: https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/giftbringers.shtml

You can read more about how St. Nicholas became Santa Claus at https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2018/12/131219-santa-claus-origin-history-christmas-facts-st-nicholas/