Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be drawn by the light of God made man. Pope Francis
Dear Saint Raphael Parents & Friends:
Fast-food restaurants, Instagram, Snap-chat, texting---we are a culture that likes things done immediately. We want our food immediately, our pictures immediately, our sharing of an event immediately, and an answer to our questions immediately. We are not a culture that likes to “wait.” Yet, we begin a season called Advent that is all about “waiting.”
How do we teach our children the value of “waiting” and time spent in preparation for something wonderful? We know that the mall’s version of waiting for Christmas is a countdown and all about sales. I want “more,” and if you recall our theme of “magis” at the beginning of the school year, I want “better” for our children. I want our children to know that Advent is a gift of time to prepare our hearts for Christ and Christmas. I want our children to know that Advent is a time of “waiting” where what we do for others is our gift for the Christ-child. I want our children to know the hope of Advent, as we wait for Christ’s second coming, lasts beyond Christmas Day.
Our children are in the midst of “doing” things for others and learning about those that help others as part of their Saints Projects. The projects will be presented on Dec. 9 right after our morning assembly. The fifth grade already had a bake sale and collected over $250 to give to St. Jude’s Hospital (the charity of their choice). Please plan on joining us to see what the other classes have learned!
We are encouraging Advent wreaths at home to mark this period of waiting for the coming of Christ. It is a great way to gather around the dinner table at the end of the day and enjoy a few moments of “family-time.” It teaches our children that “waiting” for Christmas together gives us time to appreciate and show our love to those around us.
December has many important events. Please be sure to check our school calendar. On Dec. 12, the entire school will journey by bus to St. Mary’s Cathedral for a day celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe. The professional play about Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe is a gift from an organization called St. Francis in the Schools. We are grateful for this wonderful celebration!
During this Advent season may we open our eyes to see the many ways we can spread God’s love as we “wait” for Christmas.
Lydia Collins, Principal