From the Desk of Pat Farrell, Director of Spiritual Development…

It is hard to believe that will enter the third week of Advent this Sunday. As we prepare  for the birth of Christ, this week is particularly meaningful. Our week begins with “Gaudete Sunday.” Gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin.  It comes from the first word of the Entrance antiphon on Sunday.  The spirit of joy that begins this week comes from the words of Paul, “The Lord is near.”

How do we celebrate this as a family?? Note that as you light the third Advent candle it should be rose colored. This joyful spirit is marked by the third candle of our Advent wreath which is rose colored and rose colored vestments are often used at the Eucharist.  Joy is our response to knowing God’s presence. We are invited by God to be joyful – to extend His presence to one another. This is the important message of the third week of Advent.

So I went around the building to see how our students were getting ready to celebrate this Sunday and the coming week. Our first graders, have made little hearts with promises as to how they will prepare for Jesus. Some say they will help others, help the poor, sing at Church (let’s all do that!!), and other wonderful, yet simple signs that Christ is coming- and we are renewing our commitment to be Christ-like.

In the Band room, I found a large box of cards and paper ornaments contributed by students in various grades that will be taken to the senior residents of the Lutheran Home on Friday. Our Senior Band, under the direction of Mrs. McDermott will perform for the residents and share these cards of joy.

So your family assignment for this week, after you light your rose Advent candle, is to carry that light of Christ to others.  Find a simple way to be joyful- and once you do that, you cannot help but share it!