Dear Parents and Friends of St Benedict:
This is the second week of Advent, the week of Peace, heading into the third week of Advent, the week of Joy. You will start seeing transformation of Church decorations in preparation for Christmas. This weekend the priests will also wear rose colored vestments acknowledging the JOY the love of Christ brings us when we open our hearts to Him. In his 2014 Gaudete Sunday homily, Pope Francis said that Gaudete Sunday is known as the "Sunday of joy", and that instead of fretting about "all they still haven't" done to prepare for Christmas, people should "think of all the good things life has given you." So in the spirit of Gaudete Sunday, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the many, many parents and friends who give of their time, talent and treasure to support St. Benedict Prep. We are blessed each day and our school community is a manifestation of your care and support for our children. Thank you!
Thank you, as well, for the generosity shown for our St. Vincent DePaul Advent Food Drive. Those items are being assembled to provide Christmas food baskets for members of our faith community who are in need of assistance this Christmastime. Thanks to the elementary Student Council and the middle school National Junior Honor Society for lending a hand to the SVDP group in the Advent Food Drive efforts.
This coming week, we have three Christmas concerts - the preschool, primary and intermediate concerts. Please see the information below for the details. We will be live-streaming the concerts on Facebook. Your out of town friends and family may watch from that source (and they don’t have to be Facebook members). Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/StBenedictPrep/. We also hope to see you at Friday evening’s Parish Christmas Concert. Jeremy Kiolbassa and the children’s choir have really put together something special for us.
There are a lot of other great events happening on campus…please see more information below.
I pray you have a blessed week!
Peace - Ms. Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School
Here are Upcoming Dates to Keep in Mind
December 14th - We host the Alderman’s Senior Christmas lunch in GYM
December 14th - Parish Christmas concert - all invited
December 17th - 21st - GYM CLOSED ALL WEEK FOR CONCERT SET UP/REHEARSALS
December 18th - 8th Grade Reconciliation
December 19th -9AM Preschool Christmas Concert in GYM
December 19th - 12th Grade Reconciliation
December 20th - ES Christmas Concerts at night
December 21st - All School Advent Mass/Christmas Mass
January 12th - SAVE THE DATE! Athletic Fundraiser with Live Band Karaoke