“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
Given the recent announcement from the PHO that the restrictions currently in place will carry us through the Christmas holidays, I found myself reflecting on the phrase used in a popular Christmas song, “I’ll be home for Christmas.” More than ever, that statement holds true this year. In fact my home is the only home I will see this Christmas. I will admit, as much as I anticipated that this would be the direction the PHO would take, it was still disappointing and it certainly impacted my mood the day it was announced.
However, the next morning and for the rest of the week, I woke up deciding to focus instead on what I can be grateful for instead of focussing on what has been taken away. I get to celebrate Christmas in my home. That may seem simple enough but upon reflection that is not something to be taken for granted. How many people in this world of ours cannot say that? Be it that they are in a hospital, in a prison, in a work camp, or homeless, many people are not so fortunate to be able to say that they can celebrate Christmas in their home. Instead of dwelling on the fact that I cannot see my extended family, I thought about how lucky I am that my extended family all lives in the Fraser Valley and most within a 25 minute drive. How many families can say that? For some, their family may be stuck in another country. I can at least drive by my family’s house and we can chat from a distance outside.
It is worth noting that your children will pick up your emotions and state of mind. They are sponges. While it is hard, in fact there is nothing easy about being a parent and certainly nothing easy about being a parent in a pandemic, I think it is imperative that we teach our children to acknowledge their feelings and that yes it will be hard having a different Christmas, but there is still much to be thankful for. Help them to see the blessings in their life by first modelling for them the gratitude you have for your blessings.
While I have written about gratitude before, it is worth writing about often. Some even suggest keeping a gratitude journal to experience more genuine joy in your life. I know that by reflecting on gratitude in this piece, I feel better. So perhaps, if we all take steps towards gratitude for the blessings we have, then we might all feel a bit better.
CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA AT ST. JUDE SCHOOL
From December 14 to 18 our school will be celebrating our Christmas Cheer in Covid19 safe ways! Our Christmas Cheer Committee has created activities and themes for each day. Check it out by clicking the link:
Monday: Uniform bottoms, Christmas top (ugly sweater, christmas theme shirts)
Tuesday: Uniforms with funky hat/hair styles (elf hats, santa hats, think crazy hair from the Grinch)
Wednesday: Uniforms with Christmas socks
Thursday: Uniforms not required: Dress as a christmas/winter character you like (all white? Snowman! Brown shirt? Reindeer! Red suit? Santa!)
Friday: Non-uniform day, red and green colors
PATRIOT'S CLUB - 3:00 PM DISMISSAL ON FRI, DEC 18TH
On Friday, Dec 18th, the Patriot’s Club will only be in operation until 3:00pm. Thank you.
A HELPFUL PRAYER
I find this prayer to be most helpful and I think you might too:
I release to You the burdens that I have been carrying,
burdens that You never intended for me to carry.
I cast all my cares upon You—all my worries, all my fears.
You have told me to not be anxious about anything,
but rather to bring everything to You in prayer with thankfulness.
Calm my restless spirit, quiet my anxious heart,
still my troubling thoughts with the assurance that You are in control.
I let go of my grip upon the things I have been hanging onto, with opened hands I come to You.
I release to Your will all that I am trying to manipulate;
I release to Your authority all that I am trying to control;
I release to Your timing all that I have been striving to make happen.
I thank you for Your promise to sustain me, preserve me, and guard all that I have entrusted to Your keeping.
Protect my heart and mind with Your peace, the peace that passes all understanding.
Father, may Your will be done in my life,
in Your time, and in Your way.
- By Roy Lessin
CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT ST. JUDE SCHOOL
With the current restrictions in place with respect to Covid19, the school has cancelled the Christmas Concert as well as any Orchestra Concerts. However, we know that parents want to see their children perform and as a Catholic school, Christmas is an incredibly important season for us.
We are going to be recording our students performing Christmas poems that they are reciting. We are also working with our Orchestra to record them performing. We hope that the video recordings will be viewed by parents and relatives and may offer you a source of joy this season.
ST. JUDE PARISH ANNOUNCEMENT - PARISH ENVELOPES
The 2021 donation envelopes are ready to be picked up from the church. Please call the parish at (604) 434-6700 to arrange a time for pick up. While in-person liturgies are suspended, the parish values your contributions to maintaining the church. Thank you.
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Gr. 6 learns about the Infancy Narrative in the Gospels.
Gr. 5 students explore art mediums to create images honoring the birth of Christ.
Students learn about the symbolism of the Advent wreath candles.
COVID19 DAILY SYMPTOMS CHECK
This is a reminder that parents need to take the time to do the Daily Check every day. It is important that we remain committed to taking our COVID19 procedures seriously. Click here to access the form.
Complete Daily Screening Form
Dec 15 – Hot Lunch Pizza Hut
Dec 17 – Progress Reports sent home electronically; Hot Lunch Church’s Chicken
Dec 18 – Last Day of School. Noon Dismissal.