One of the things about the Advent Season that seems particularly important to me is the reminder that Advent is a season of hope. During Advent we hope for the second coming of Christ, and we await the Christmas Day celebrations of the birth of Jesus. Our children’s eyes tell us the story of hope. As they talk about the Baby Jesus being born, and they hear the stories of Advent and Christmas they are filled with wonder and hope. I have experienced 39 Advents through the eyes of my children (and now my grandchildren). I am not a patient person. When I was at Children’s hospital with a sick child, mourning the loss of a parent, or worrying about a son deployed to Iraq, it was tough for me to wait – to believe that there was any hope to be had. Each year, though, I was rescued by the time Christmas arrived. I found the hope I needed in the eyes of my children, in the songs and prayers of the season, and in the traditions of our Church. At Mass on each of those 39 Christmas Eves I was reminded that there is no way to see the Light unless you have passed through the darkness. I was reminded that Jesus has promised us that He will come – and that He always does.
If you’re struggling to find the hope of this Season; if it feels like things will never get right for you or your family, take a minute to listen to your children. Ask them what Advent is all about, and borrow some of their hope for a while. See the light in their eyes, and know that no matter how difficult things are, Christ’s Light is shining for you. Advent is a time of waiting and preparing. Keep at it, and you will see.
Mr. Charles Hamm, father of Bernadette and Elizabeth, has created a beautiful wooden cross for our gym. We will bless the cross tomorrow morning during our assembly. Mr. Hamm does beautiful woodwork, including building exquisite furniture. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Thank you, Mr. Hamm for our beautiful cross!
“Hope anchors the soul.” Hebrews 6:19
CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS:
2 School Mass, 9:00am
3 Breakfast with Santa, 9:00am
Christmas Trees go on sale! 9am – 6pm
6 Band and Choir Concert, 7:00pm
7 Strategic Planning Committee, 6:00pm
Home and School Association Meeting is cancelled.
8 School Mass, 9:00am
9 Mass, noon
13 Reception for the family of Alessandro Carbanaro, OLOL class of 1993, LMC
15 Parent – Administration Coffee, 8:45am – 9:45am – Please join us!
16 Mass, noon
20 Christmas Pageant, Church, 6:30pm (Please note: This is a time change!)
21 Delayed opening – School begins at 9:00am,
Half-day, dismissal at 12:10pm, NO ASC
Christmas Vacation Begins
3 School resumes
This morning I spent some time in the kindergarten class. When I arrived the children were taking a “shake break”. They were listening to a song and imitating the dance moves of the characters on the screen. One little boy, though, just wasn’t feeling up to joining his classmates. He had his head down on the table, but he was peeking up to see what was going on – and maybe wondering if anyone noticed that he was not there with the group. When I next looked over toward him one of his classmates was standing next to him, patting his back gently. Soon, she had dislodged him from his chair. He was sitting next to her and she was making wild and crazy faces at him – looking for a laugh – and she got one. As the dancing finished up and the children took their spots on the rug, the little boy and his friend joined the other children there, and the next lesson began. If only we could bottle that genuine compassion that we see in our kids! This little girl approached her friend for one reason only. She didn’t want him to be sad. How different things might have turned out had the little boy’s teacher scolded him and insisted that he join the group. Instead, he had his few minutes to feel blue and then his friend came to bring him back. I saw the Face of God in the Kindergarten classroom today. I will pray today that I can continue to listen closely to the voice of God helping me to know when someone just needs a minute, and when it’s time to step in and make a crazy face.
BLUE SHIRT WINNERS! Congratulations to Mikayla and Arissa Stephens who both received BLUE SHIRTS this week for extraordinarily good work! One day Mr. Long will actually know which one of you is which!
“If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” Mother Teresa
9 Book Fair 7:30am - 6:00pm
10 Book Fair 7:30am – 6:00pm
Dismissal at 12:10pm
Parent Teacher Conferences, 1:15 – 6:00
11 NO SCHOOL
Book Fair Last Chance Day 8:00am – 3:00pm
Parent Teacher Conferences, Pre-K – Grade 8, 8:00 – 3:00
14 HSPT, 3:15
15 HSPT, 3:15
16 Eighth Grade to “Man of LaMancha” at MacNamara High School
17 Kindergarten Open House, 9am – 11am
18 Mass, Noon
19 & 20 Eighth Grade Bake Sale after all Masses
21 HSPT, 3:15
22 Eighth Grade to Little Sisters of the Poor
23 Grandparents’ Day: 9:30 - welcome visitors, 10:30 - Teachers vs. middle school football, 11:30 - Assembly
Dismissal at 12:10pm
24 & 25
Thanksgiving holiday – NO SCHOOL
28 Eighth grade to Supreme Court
29 Open House, 9am – 11:30am
30 Eighth grade students take HSPT, 9:00am
Mrs. McGann, Principal
OLOL Wednesday Words by Patricia McGann is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.