Advent: Preparing for the Coming of Jesus
Sunday, 1 December marks the first week of Advent – The week of Hope.
Advent marks the beginning of a season where we wait and prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
God we ask You to guide us as people of hope this Advent. We pray for our sisters and brothers around the world who are hungry, lonely and in need. May they come to know that they are not alone at this time and that they continue to be people of Hope in their communities. Help us to share the hope this season with everyone we meet and be the living Jesus in our world today.
Social Justice Christmas Initiative
by the Year 6 Social Justice Leaders.
Love in a Box
Love in a Box is a program that spreads joy and love to children and women at Christmas where gifts are donated and given to those who are less fortunate. The Year 4’s are participating in this program which started 4 years ago at St Peter Chanel. This all started with a visit from Mrs Anne Garvey, a past principal, on Tuesday, 19 November. Anne who was a Principal at St Peter Chanel and has now retired, is dedicating some of her time in helping these women and children. When she came to visit the Year 4’s and the Social Justice Leaders she gave them an insight into the emergency housing and support provided for these women and children.
As part of Love in a Box, the children in Year 4 have been put into groups and have been assigned a certain thing to buy for a child. The gifts that they will be giving them are:
- Something to read
- Something to love
- Something to wear
- Something to play with
- Something christmassy!
The community of St Peter Chanel looks forward to spreading the joy of Christmas!
St Vincent De Paul- COLOUR DAY
Geraldine Desbois from 2K came up with an idea that we should have a Colour Day. A Colour Day is where you have the opportunity to wear your favourite colour to school. Geraldine went to Mr. G with her idea and had a conversation about it. Mr. G though this was a great idea! As a result, we are going to have an SPC COLOUR DAY on the last day of school. On this day we ask everyone to wear their favourite colour. We also ask that you make a gold coin donation on this day to support the St Vincent De Paul Christmas appeal which supports those who are less fortunate in our community.
End of Year School Mass
On Friday, 13 December, the school will celebrate the end of the school year, giving thanks to God for the amazing community we have here at St Peter Chanel. Mass will begin at 9:30am and all families are invited to join us as we reflect on the blessings of the year. At this mass, our school community will also bid farewell to the Year 6 students as they hand over their leadership roles to the Year 6 students of 2020. We will also take the opportunity to say farewell those staff members who are moving on in 2020.
On Thursday, 16 December at 7pm, the Year 6 children will be celebrating their Graduation Mass. This will be a celebration of their journey here at St Peter Chanel School as well as an insight into what they hope for in the future. We wish our Year 6 students all the very best as they embark on the next stage of their educational journey where a new chapter of their lives will begin.
Notes have been distributed to those in Years Four and Five who are willing to support our Year 6 students at their Graduation mass as a member of the Choir or as an altar server. This is a special occasion and your support would be greatly appreciated.
If you would like to participate in either of these masses please see your child’s teacher or come and see me. You may like to do the Offertory with you child/ren or do a reading!
Notes will soon be distributed for children in Year 4, who have received their First Holy Communion, to express their interest in being trained as an altar server. Should you have any queries regarding this, please feel free to come and see me.
Sacrament dates for 2020
Dates for the 2020 sacraments have just been advised.
The dates are as follows:
- Confirmation -Saturday, 14 March
- First Eucharist – Saturday,15 June
- First Reconciliation – Wednesday 9 September and Thursday 10 September
Important Dates in the Church Calendar
First week of Advent Sunday, December 1
Second week of Advent Sunday, December 8
Third week of Advent Sunday, December 15
Fourth week of Advent Sunday, December 22
Christmas Wednesday, December 25
Religious Education Leader
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