Dear SJB Families,
It has been a fantastic first week of Advent. There are many advent activities in classrooms and pictures going up all over the school. We have had visitors from the far north singing songs and handing out candy canes. Students are working hard in music class to prepare songs for next week's Christmas Program. Joy and excitement are palpable as you walk through the building.
Fr. Paolo asked us in his homily to try to add one of the many advent offerings from the parish to our busy schedules. Last year, I attended the rorate masses on Saturday morning and found such joy there. The masses are prayed in the dark with only candlelight while the choir chants beautiful hymns. The darkness and silence encouraged the hyper-focus that I needed during the season of preparation for the coming of Christ. I struggle to find moments of silence in the busyness of life. Even when I try, the to-do lists tend to flood my mind. This was the one place where all of that stopped. Even though there were over 50 people there (at least), I felt it was just the beauty of the Eucharist and me. I can't recommend these masses enough. It offers a reprieve from the secular world's chaos during the pre-Christmas season.
Tomorrow is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and is a Holy Day of Obligation. I am embarrassed to admit until I was an adult, I thought this feast celebrated Jesus conceived in the womb of Mary. This feast celebrates Mary being protected from original sin in the womb of St. Anne. Please join us for Mass at 8:15 if you can. We would love to see everyone there!