Merry Christmas!

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I shall raise up a righteous shoot to David; he shall do what is just and right in the land.”

Thus begins today’s first reading (Wednesday), pointing us toward the Birth of Christ, and the hope that He brings.  Our Advent prayer services, reconciliation, and the Christmas programs remind us of both the anticipation and the joy at the Birth of the Savior.  And what a joy it is to watch the children as they participate with renewed zeal each year.  In some of the classes, students share their family traditions – praying around the Advent wreath, having a birthday cake for Jesus, lighting a candle in the window to show the Holy Family that you have room for them to name a few.  On Tuesday, intermediate students sang their hearts out at the Christmas program, while yesterday, first-grade students celebrated Christmas Around the World with a very special luncheon.  This week, the seventh-graders built snowmen as an introduction to scale in math, while all middle school students performed their Christmas choreography for their classmates.  These activities ground us during this hectic season, touching us in a way no shopping trip can match.  Check out the photos of the holiday cheer that permeates our school, and join us this evening for the Pre-K and the primary grades Christmas Program. You can’t help but be touched by their singing.  O Come, O come, Emmanuel.

You all are invited to the Christmas Eve Children’s Mass at 5pm in the church. Many of our students have special roles in the celebration and our Cantionis Choir will sing.

Not only is this the last NewsViews of the year, but it is the last one of this decade!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  May you be blessed with peace, love, and joy during this wondrous season and throughout the New Year.

Bernadette O’Leary