The season of Advent has arrived, and the students have been planning among themselves how to collectively prepare for the coming of Christmas. You yourselves have already considered, no doubt, how a solid preparation can be achieved by prayer, almsgiving, personal penance, fighting habitual sin or a dominant fault, etc., but I would like to add one specific consideration for this time of Advent...
Is there someone you know who needs your forgiveness? Someone who has knowingly or unknowingly wronged you? May I suggest that there is no better preparation for celebrating the birth of Christ, who came into this world to forgive sins, than by forgiving one another?
“Glory to God in the highest!” we sing at Christmas. The mercy of God is His greatest glory, the joyful song theme of our future eternal life, and the best tributes to the power of His mercy are the times we allow it to inspire us to be merciful to others.
“On earth peace to men of good will.” He comes as the Prince of peace - how do you suppose we share membership in His Princedom? He brings peace to men of good will - which quality of this merciful Prince does a man’s good will most resemble? Which quality brings most peace in our lives? “Forgive you everyone your brother from your heart,” and surely you will experience it personally, and doing so you will unite yourself completely to the true spirit of Christmas.
Wishing you a holy and fruitful Advent season, I remain yours,
United in the Holy Family,
Fr. Frank Riccomini
Advent begins at the school as well as at the church. Students are now preparing for the Christmas concert. The Christmas concert is in the basement of St. Dennis Church 4718 Worcester Dr SW; attendance is mandatory. The concert is scheduled to begin at 7:00PM.
We have a lot of feast days and celebrations this month starting with St. Nicholas and ending with our Christmas concert the evening of the last day of school December 21st at 7:00PM. We will resume classes on January 7, 2019.
From the Drama Department:
We are looking for some props and things for the Christmas Concert this month. Please send in the following items or contact the office with your intentions to bring them in. Thank you for your generosity!
Cotton gloves with fingers cut off
Old fashioned night cap
Ice skates (for Grade 2 students)
Old style Suitcase
Dummy (for dead body)
*Stand alone room divider
Baskets with handles
Stand alone street lamps/lanterns
Small trunks/metal boxes
Fake fireplace or charcoal grill
Big red ribbons
Small Christmas tree (bendable)
Star for Christmas tree
Popcorn on string (multiple 1m long streamers rather than one long one, please) (P.S.: popcorn strings easier after a day or two sitting out on the counter : )
Snow spray for windows
Gold or silver paper
Curtain ties (preferably with tassels)
Thank you all for the efforts this 2018 calendar year. We will resume our efforts in the new year with some cash raffles. The first raffle will begin soon after we return from break. You can also keep buying the FUNSCRIP gift cards and have those little percentages add up to make your obligations.
ALL SAINTS’ DAY
November began with the celebration of all the saints. Students chose saints, learned about their lives, dressed up as the saint, and presented their saint poems to their peers and judges. The day was dedicated to learning about saints and trying to imitate them. We also managed to squeeze in some games for the younger students and an art project, gyotaku, for the older ones. Congratulations to all the winners!
ST. ALBERT THE GREAT SCIENCE FAIR
We would like to congratulate all the participants on a job well done! The students exceeded expectations with their knowledge, explanations, and presentations throughout the day. We would like to recognize the following winners who are being awarded a day long field trip to Telus Spark on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
Grade 2 –
First Place – Issac Ginter and Ben Teshier
Second Place – Caitlin Barret, Michael Wilson, and Emmalee Conrado
Grade 3 –
First Place – Francesca Ruiz-Fillinger, and Oliva Gil
Second Place – Rebecca Tobler
Grade 4/5 –
First Place – Helene Biltz, Agnes Hynes, Helen Whyburd, and Gretchen Fillinger-Ruiz
Second Place – Sarah Oderkirk, Liah Santos-Bartolo, and Gemma Langlois
Grade 6/7 –
First Place – Maude Hynes, Thomas Ginter, Hannah Barrett and Liam Barrett
Second Place – James Langlois, Titus McKervey, and Keith Land
Grade 8/9 –
First Place – Audrey Portelance and Noelle Biltz
Second Place – Luke Ginter, Anthony Cronin, and Jonathan Frankowski
SCHOOL EVENTS/UP-COMING EVENTS
December 3, 2018 Parent Advisory Council 6:30PM
December 7, 2018 Immaculate Conception Observed – Art Workshop for Students
December 12, 2018 Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day
December 13, 2018 St. Lucy Feast Day
December 14, 2018 PD – No School
December 20, 2018 Hot Lunch - Pizza
December 21, 2018 Last Day of Classes – Break begins after Concert
Christmas Concert – St. Dennis Church 7:00PM
January 7, 2019 Classes Resume
January 9, 2019 Epiphany celebrated
January 16, 2019 Hot Lunch – Hot Dogs
January 18, 2019 PD – No School
January 21, 2019 St. Sebastian’s Feast Day celebrated
January 23, 2019 St. Raymond of Pennafort - $2 Candy Sale
January 31, 2019 St. John Bosco Feast Day
Notable December Feasts
Immaculate Conception – December 8
Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 12
St. Lucy – December 13