Hello! We celebrated the second Sunday of Advent this past weekend. Like last week, I thought I would share the Monday prayer I used with students, in hopes that it would perhaps be a prayer you could pray as a family over the light of the Advent candles, as we quiet our minds during this busy Advent time.
Through the darkness, I look for your wisdom.
I want my heart to be open to you.
But sometimes in these days, it seems that
so many things come between us.
Help me to be awake and aware
of the radiance you bring to my life.
Help me to be grateful each day
for the blessings of family and friends.
Let me be a peacemaker
in my own life, and in the world.
Let me pray especially for this difficult world
and those who are so in need of an end to violence.
My heart begs for this as my Advent prayer today.
Have a blessed week!
Fr. Oakland’s Tips For A Good Advent
Our celebration of Christmas begins on December 25th as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. The next four weeks entail our period of preparation for that celebration, as Jesus has not yet been born. Our culture and society neglect this period of preparation, and instead move to instant indulgence. But as people of faith we are called to live differently – we are called to live Advent as a season of waiting for Jesus’ coming, of preparation, of excitement and anticipation. Here are a few ideas:
- Put an Advent wreath on the family dining room table and light the appropriate candles each night at dinner.
- Get an Advent calendar to help you count down the days. Or use a book – here’s a link – to read your children a different story each night.
- When you put your manger scene out, wait to put baby Jesus in until His actual birthday, December 25th.
- Invite children to put in a piece of grass or straw every time they do a good deed or an act of kindness or sacrifice as a way to prepare a soft bed for Jesus, in the crèche and in their hearts.
- The Magi arrived on the Feast of Epiphany, journeying from afar. Have the magi move about the house, journeying towards the manger, to arrive there on January 8th.
- If you put your Christmas tree up early, start out with a Jesse Tree – here’s a link – making ornaments that represent and tell the story of our salvation. When Christmas gets closer, replace them with your usual decorations.
- Advent is the season of waiting and anticipation. Hold off on listening to Christmas music.
- Celebrate the Feasts. There are several feasts and traditions in Advent and during Christmas. On December 6th, for example, we celebrate St. Nicholas, who tossed three bags of gold through a family’s window for the three daughters. Have your children leave a pair of shoes in the hallway and at night St. Nicholas might visit, delivering some treats (perhaps even some gold coins!).
- Go to confession. There is no better way to prepare for Jesus than to shed some of the things that divide us from Him.
- The Christmas season lasts until the Baptism of the Lord, January 9th this year. The Christmas tree and Manger in St. Peter’s Square are taken down on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple on February 2nd. Be sure to celebrate Christmas throughout, and consider leaving your decorations up longer this year to help you. It is important to prepare well during Advent. But it is also important to celebrate well once the feast actually arrives.
ALL ABOUT THE AUCTION – When we arrive back at school our largest fundraising event will be less than four months out. While I know that sounds far away, the auction committee has already been working hard to organize a memorable evening.
The committee is excited to announce that the AUCTION will be on April 1, 2017 at Rainier Golf & Country Club. Let’s get fancy! Ladies get out those dresses hiding in the back of your closet and men brush off that suit.
Much thought went into this decision. Rainier Golf & Country Club is well within our budget and actually is less than holding the event at the school. That means more money in the school’s pocket! Recruiting volunteers for key positions, such as servers and clean up, has been difficult the last few years and the move will eliminate this need. However, plenty of hours will still be available. Additional details on volunteer positions will be presented in the January eFC. At this point, moving offsite is an every other year decision, unless we love it.
- Date: April 1, 2017
- Location: Rainier Golf & Country Club (this is not an April’s Fool’s joke)
- Volunteer: plenty of volunteer opportunities will be available, contact Beth Martin if interested in getting involved early.
- Information: check out the Auction page here.
- Donate: TO DONATE, CLICK HERE. All donations must be entered by January 13th!
AMAZON – Don’t forget to shop through the AMAZON links. Congrats to 6A for winning the classroom competition for the second week in a row. Click here to go to the Amazon links page.
GRANDPARENT’S DAY – The Grandparent’s and Special Friend’s Lunch is fast approaching – Wednesday, February 1st! If you would like us to send a paper invitation to grandparents or special friends, please complete the online form here. Your family/friends will NOT receive an invitation if you do not complete the online form. We need all names by next Wednesday, December 14 in order to send invitations by the end of 2016. Thank you!
TREE LOT – Last weekend to purchase trees, wreaths or garland and support HRS. Spread the word.
Now Accepting Financial Aid Applications
Applying for financial aid for the 2017-18 school year is open and available through FACTS. Click on this link to sign-in/or create an account to begin the application.
Holy Rosary School Christmas Music Program – “Lessons and Carols”
Our students will present a new format for our annual Christmas program on Thursday, December 15 in the church, beginning at 6:15 p.m. Church doors will open at 5:30 p.m., school doors will open at 6:00 p.m.; supervision in the classrooms will not begin until 6:00 p.m. This “Lessons and Carols” format will have more of a prayerful atmosphere versus performance, so we are encouraging parents to stay for the entire program in order to fully enjoy the community prayer. Let’s make this a magical evening for all, especially our students — and ignite the Christmas Spirit in our hearts!
Students are to wear their “Sunday best” (no jeans, etc. – please consult the handbook for general guidelines). Seats will be reserved for families of Kindergarten students, as well as those who bid for the front row seats at the Auction last year. (Please contact the school office if this is your family.) Special request: if you plan to videotape the performance, please do so from the sides of the church so that all are able to see and enjoy the program. Finally, this is a graded performance with required attendance. If for some reason your student is unable to attend, or for any questions, please contact Ms. Mudge at firstname.lastname@example.org or the office. Thank you and may God bless you and yours for a very happy Advent and Christmas season!
BASE will be open to all Holy Rosary students over Christmas break. I have a lot of children that say they wish they could go to BASE, so here is your chance to send them for a day or two one of the weeks. The cost is $54.00 per day for each child. We will be making Christmas presents, making cookies and playing a lot of games. We may go for a field trip locally, but we want to keep it simple and fun. All BASE parents should fill out the calendar and all other parents can do the same. Download the December calendar here. Hope to see you and relieve you of some of that Christmas stress. Thanks, Donna
Mark your calendars! SunDance presents “Home for the Holidays” December 12 at Highline Performing Arts Center. Doors open for seating at 5:30 and the show starts at 6:00. Tickets can be purchased in the Parish Center after school during dance classes or at the door of the theater the night of the show. $10 adults, $5 children. Ages 5 and under are free.
An Easy Outreach
Do you have any gently used dress shirts, slacks, ties, skirts or dresses that would fit young people ages 7 – 12? Seventh grade is collecting these for the YMCA Dress for Success program to help young people who might not have the same opportunities as our Holy Rosary students. There is a Dress for Success box just past the front office in the main hallway to receive your donation. Thank you.
A Request from Ms. Reuter, The Art Teacher
A CALL FOR KLEENEX FOR THE ART ROOM – Kleenex is the perfect consistency for wiping out the lids to our watercolor trays when we are finished with the colors we have mixed. For this reason, we tend to go through Kleenex pretty quickly in the art room – once again, we are running low on it. If you would like to donate boxes of Kleenex to our Art department, please bring them by the school office.
HELP THE ART ROOM COLLECT BROWN PAPER GROCERY BAGS – If you have large, brown paper bags that you would like to donate to the Art Room, please bring them in! We are collecting them for an art project. Thanks!!
JUNIOR HIGH CHOIR SINGS THIS SATURDAY FOR ADVENT! – Advent is here! The Junior High Choir sings this Saturday, December 10 for Advent. Lots of fun, upbeat Advent songs this week! Singing practice starts at 4 p.m. in the chapel. If you’d like to sing a solo or cantor the psalm, please come to today’s rehearsal after school in the chapel from 3-4 p.m. NOTE: Eighth graders get volunteer service hours for singing at practice and Mass. Come and sing — score TWO volunteer hours! Please RSVP for Thursday and/or Saturday singing. Peace! Paul Dolejsi
NURSERY OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE DURING 5:00 P.M. MASS – Our Parish nursery will be open for the Christmas Eve 5:00 p.m. Children’s Mass and will be closed on Sunday, Christmas morning. The Parish nursery is located in the basement of the Parish Center and is for children walking up through preschool. It’s free and does not require registration. For dropping off your children, go to the door that faces Genesee St. and ring the doorbell. Our nursery is always staffed with two caregivers who have completed our SEP program and are experienced with taking care of children. If you have any questions or would like a tour of the nursery, please email Deyette at email@example.com or call at 206-937-1488, ext. 251.
CHRISTMAS BREAK BASKETBALL CAMP – Join Husky alum, Donald Watts, for a one-week winter break basketball camp at Delridge Community Center. This opportunity is for 3rd – 8th graders. Holy Rosary students receive a 15% discount – use code WB15. See this flyer for more information.
SEATTLE GIRLS’ CHOIR – The Seattle Girls’ Choir’s premiere choir Prime Voci would like to invite you to a lovely concert we are presenting the evening of Sunday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church. Carmina Angelorum is an evening of music composed for the moving pairing of harp and women’s choir and is a lovely celebration of the season. The core of the program is Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, with harp accompaniment by Juliet Stratton. This year, we are pleased to also present John Rutter’s Dancing Day cycle of Christmas carols. Holy Rosary is the perfect setting for both sets of music that are based on Medieval English Christmas texts and are a celebration of joy to hear. Information about Prime Voci is on this .pdf here.
Tickets are available here at Brown Paper Tickets. Holy Rosary School students may get in free with an accompanying adult ticket. Enter the password code “student”.
Upcoming Dates To Remember
- 12/9 – first trimester report cards
- 12/15 – Christmas program
- 12/16-12/30 – Christmas break (noon dismissal on 16th)
- 1/2/17 – end of break, school resumes on Monday
- 1/16/17 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
- 1/29/17 – Kick off to Catholic Schools Week Mass at 10:30
- 2/1/17 – Grandparent’s Day
- 2/10/17 – Kindergarten testing