This past Sunday we began the season of Advent. Advent is the time of preparation for Christmas. In the midst of all the holiday preparations – buying gifts, decorating our homes, sending out Christmas cards, and more – we take time as Catholics to prepare ourselves spiritually to remember Jesus being born in a manger 2,000 years ago and to prepare for Him to be borne in our hearts.
Between this week and next we have the opportunity to celebrate together as a community in several important ways. Yesterday we celebrated our Annual Shoe Liturgy on the Feast of St. Nicholas. It has been a tradition here at Sacred Heart School for more than 15 years for our students and staff to bring shoes to Mass on St. Nicholas Day to give to foster children through the Treehouse program. This Friday we will celebrate our belief that Mary was born free from Original Sin through the grace of her son, Jesus, at our Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Next Tuesday will be a busy day with Mass in the morning to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe and perform our Advent pageant. Finally, next Friday, we will close out our time her in 2017 with an all-school Mass and Advent retreat.
We are blessed as a Catholic school to have the time and freedom to focus on the real meaning of Christmas while at the same time learning math and science, reading and writing, coding and art, and so much more. Our schedule for these two weeks truly lives out our school’s motto of “Faith. Community, and Excellence.” – Mr. Burroughs