Messengers of Hope Newsletter – December 2017

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December 2017

 

Mass Schedule

 

Come join us for 8 a.m. Mass each week.

 

Tuesday-Grades 1-4

Wednesday-Grades 5-8

Thursday-Grades K-8

 

12/12 4G All School Mass- OLG

12/13  5F

12/14   3P

Not All School

Grades 1-4 only

 

12/19   3S

12/20   6P

12/21  Baptism Mass

Messengers of Christ Awards

 

We invite you to all of our Masses throughout the week, but we especially invite you to some of our special Masses this month.

 

     12-Tuesday OLG

21-Baptismal Mass

 

We will present the Messenger of Christ Awards to the students and faculty on December 21nd.

Welcome to Advent!

Happy New Year! The first Sunday of Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year. Advent is a period of devout and joyful anticipation as we wait for our Savior. Advent is a season to direct our mind and heart to await Christ’s second coming at the end of time. The readings during these coming weeks challenge us to live each day in holiness, professing our belief that Christ has come among us and Christ will come again.

Students in grades 3-8 were able to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation this past week. In this sacrament, we experience God’s mercy, love and forgiveness.

This Advent, we remember our ancestors in faith as we decorate our Jesse Tree with ornaments of symbols that represent our ancestors.  Thanks to our 4th

Grade classes who are leading our daily Jesse Tree prayers.

Since Advent is a time to stir-up our faith in the Lord, the wreath and many prayers we pray in Advent provide us a way to ritualize this special preparation for Christmas. This tradition helps us not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.

The symbolism of the Advent wreath is beautiful. The wreath is made of various evergreens, signifying continuous life. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life found in Christ.

The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent. Three candles are purple and one is rose. The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, preparatory sacrifices, and good works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, when the priest also wears rose vestments at Mass. Gaudete Sunday is the Sunday of rejoicing, because the faithful have arrived at the midpoint of Advent, when their preparation is now half over and they are close to Christmas. The progressive lighting of the candles symbolizes the expectation and hope surrounding our Lord’s first coming into the world and the anticipation of His second coming to judge the living and the dead.

The light again signifies Christ, the Light of the world.

-Citied from Archdiocese of St. Louis, Catholic Education Center

The St. Gabriel the Archangel faculty and staff would like to wish your family a wonderful Advent and Christmas season.

 

“Whatever you did for the least of my people, you did for me.” –Matthew 25:31-36

This trimester we continue to focus on Catholic Social Teachings. Our focus is on Option for the Poor and Vulnerable. “A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment

(Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.”  USCCB

http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/option-for-the-poor-and-vulnerable.cfm

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we clothe us with your love every day. Help us be aware of the needs of others. Teach us to share what we have with those who do not have enough. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bible Readings on Clothing the Naked

Luke 15:11-32             James 2:14-17            Luke 3:11

 

Activities

·         Clean out closets and give clothes to the St. Vincent DePaul Box behind church.

·         When you get a new piece of clothing, donate or get rid of an old piece of clothing.

·         Try living simply for a day.

·         Don’t give into an indulgence.

·         Clothe the soul of others. Be patient, show kindness, demonstrate love and forgiveness to others.

·         Make blessing bags and keep in your car to give to those who are homeless at the stop signs.

·         Knit or sew something and donate your finished products.

-Ideas from The Catholic Kid’s Guide to Stewardship: Elizabeth M. Johnson

 

THANK YOU so much for your generous donations in the past few weeks. Your generosity of personal care items to benefit the SGA SVDP Society and Assisi House Shelter for women who are homeless was much appreciated. $314 was raised for our SVDP Society as well. Over 20 bags of toys were collected for Whole Kids Outreach. Again, thank you so much for your generosity during this time of year.

Confidential student information is not reported on this web version of Messengers of Hope Newsletter. Please see the parent email for the week for additional details.

December Baptismal Birthdays

Each month at St. Gabriel School, we take time to celebrate student baptismal months. The students baptized during the month are honored at an All-School Mass, and they have the opportunity to renew their baptismal vows.

You are invited to celebrate with us at the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Thursday, December 21st, 2017. Due to limited space, we ask that each child bring only 2 guests. We will be celebrating both December and June baptisms!

Please meet your child in the vestibule of church and join in the entrance procession. You will sit together in the reserved pews in church on the side of the Baptismal font.

We hope you are able to join us for this remembrance of your child’s birth into the Catholic Church