St. Augustine School
HAPPY ADVENT, St. Augustine families!
Waiting. Nobody likes waiting. Lines. Traffic. Doctor’s office. Waiting drives us crazy. So, we fight it. Rushing, running, planning, speeding, doing. GPS in the car. 5G networks. Overnight shipping. One-minute meals. Instant gratification. Waiting time is wasted time, and none of us can afford to waste even a minute. So what do we do when God asks us to wait?
God’s waiting is an active waiting. It requires not that we do nothing, but that we do only what we can do. Waiting actively means not trying to do God’s work for Him. It requires that we know our limits, which, in turn, requires slowing down and listening. This Advent let us learn to more actively wait by leaving the results up to God — the grade, the award, the promotion. We actively wait by not doing. Advent is a time of waiting. Let it be a time of active waiting.
As Catholics we are an Advent people. This understanding of who we are is especially important during this pandemic. This Advent, we find ourselves waiting impatiently for the lifting of health restrictions, for being able to gather socially again, and for the arrival of a treatment and vaccine for COVID-19, and rightfully so; 2020 has been a very trying and difficult time. However, during this final month of the year, let us not forget to focus on living in hope and waiting for the coming of Jesus. His arrival is preceded by prayerful and watchful, active waiting. In a world that treasures activity and productivity, waiting is often considered as passivity; waiting, however, injects meaning into every arrival. Though crammed with the challenges of these exceptional times, our duty this month is to keep our children and family’s attention not only on health and safety, but also on Advent in preparation for Jesus’ birth and arrival into our lives.
May you and your family have a safe and blessed Advent. May you prepare for Christ’s coming, and may His grace and hope permeate your home this season.
Have a wonderful and holy Christmas with your families, St. Augustine! Though we know things will be different this year, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!
ADVENT EVENING OF SONG AND PRAYER
MONDAY, DECEMBER 14 AT 7:00PM
This year’s Advent Evening of Prayer will be on Monday, December 14 at 7:00pm live-streamed on the Parish YouTube Channel. It will be a combination of live narration, scripture, and pre-recorded sessions of singing by your children.
We are asking all families to tune in for a half hour of prayer during this special time of year as we prepare for Christmas.
We are asking all families to create a sacred, prayerful space at home, perhaps around your Advent wreathe, and to join us that evening in prayer. We know nothing can replace gathering together in person as a community at the church, but let us gather in a different yet special way December 14 to mark this special time of year. Thank you for removing all distractions so we can all make the evening something special to remember.
MOVEMBER AT SAS Thank you to all who participated in our MOvember Day last month. It was a fun day for an important cause. Thank you, SAS! Enjoy our story and photos here: MOvember 2020
COVID-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS MARKET
Our Christmas Market will take place over a week this year from December 2 to 9. Thank you to all who have already donated things for the students to purchase for the special adults/ family members in their lives. Complete details can be found here: SAS Christmas Market 2020
ADVENT GIVING INITIATIVES: SANCTA MARIA HOUSE AND CHRISTMAS HAMPERS
Sadly, there are children right here in the Lower Mainland who struggle to get their basic needs met. Again, this year, we would like to help some of these children who are experiencing very difficult circumstances in their lives. We want them to have a special Christmas, too.
Our donations will be their Christmas gifts and will continue until Dec. 14. We will be sending information on how we can support both the Sancta Maria House as well as families in need during this pandemic. The ways in which we can help will look different during COVID-19. More details can be found here: Advent Giving 2020
SAS BOOK FAIR
Regrettably, we will not be able to offer our annual Scholastic Book Fair this year. We will revisit again for the spring.
RED AND GREEN DAY Students are asked to wear green and/or red (no uniform) on Friday, December 18.
LAST SCHOOL MASS BEFORE CHRISTMAS FRIDAY, DEC. 18 AT 9:15AM
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Friday, Dec. 18 is the last day of school before Christmas Break. It is also a 12:00pm dismissal.
Friday, December 11
is a Pro-D for staff. There is no school that day.