December 13th, 2016, Third Week of Advent
Gaudete! All Rejoice!
The time is nearer than than ever before of our precious Lord’s coming! Rejoice! This past Sunday we celebrated the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a command: All of you, rejoice! The Church, who has our best interest at heart, and knows the needs of humanity, shines light in the liturgical seasons of Gaudete Sunday in Advent, and Laetare Sunday in Lent. As we await the coming of Christ, we are given a reminder to hope in the awareness of what is to come!
During both of these joyful, anticipating, celebrations, the celebrants wear rose. Brother Hyacinth Cordell O.P., noted that “The dark color of violent in Advent harmonizes well with the diminishing sunlight late in the year.” As well as the violet color representing royalty of Christ the King. He wrote, “Rose, is a softening of violet. It is violet approaching white. In this sense, it anticipates the pure white of the Birth and Resurrection of Christ. While nature’s cycle is comprised of life and light, the liturgial seasons also reveolve around life and light.”
Yesterday, we had yet another gift of light. The feast and celebration of Our Lady of Guadelupe. The Patroness of the Americas. The Virgin Mary appeared to a Mexican Indian convert in the year 1531. In the seven years following the aparition, eight million native people were converted. As we continue in the season of Advent, may we remember the words of our Mother to St. Juan Diego, and each of us:
“Listen my son to what I tell you now.
Do not be troubled or disturbed by anything;
do not fear illness
or any other occurrence of pain.
Am I not your mother?
Am I not life and health?
Have I not placed you on my lap
and made you my resonsibility?
Do you need anything else?”
Our Lady of Guadelupe, pray for us!
Advent Lessons & Carols – THIS THURSDAY!
This year’s academy Advent music program, scheduled for Thursday, December 15, at 7:00 pm, will take the form of a traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols. Music works for the season will alternate with readings foretelling the Incarnation of God in Christ. Readers from all corners of the Academy will help proclaim the Word.
All of Dr. Page’s students in Grades 5-9 will be the principal singers, alongside the parish’s Saint Nicholas Choir of boys and girls. This is a required event, as stated in the course syllabus distributed at the beginning of the school year. The only excused absences will be for severe illness.
Students need to arrive at school in complete uniform (including blazers, ties, and dark shoes: no exceptions) no later than 6:15 pm on December 15.
This promises to be an especially beautiful and moving event. Our students have worked very hard preparing a wide variety of works for this holy season.
I hope you’ll bring friends and relatives to enjoy the truth, beauty, and goodness of young voices turned toward our Lord!
With thanks and prayers,
Adjusted Dismissal Time 12/20 for 1st-4th Grades
The PTC has organized a time to give teachers a gift on Tuesday, 12/20 at 3:10 pm. Thus, all students will proceed with their teachers to the gymnasium and then all students will attend Benediction. Parents are welcome to attend Benediction at 3:25 pm in the church. Students will be dismissed at 3:35 pm.
Rorate Mass Reminder: 12/20 Please Arrive by 7:30 AM
Next Tuesday, December 20th, we will be celebrating a Rorate Extraordinary Form Mass. A Rorate Mass begins before dawn and the only lighting is provided by candles, we ask that students and all those attending arrive by 7:30 AM to ensure that they find a seat safely and quietly in the dark. The Rorate Mass is traditionally celebrated during Advent as it symbolizes our waiting, our struggle through the darkness, hoping for the Light. This Mass is a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the readings and prayers foretell the prophecy of the Virgin who would bear a Son called Emmanuel, and call on all to raise the gates of their hearts to let Christ the King enter.
CLT Exam & Counseling Services Half Off!
The next CLT will take place on Saturday, January 7th. Registration will be 50% off, in honor of their anniversary and for the Christmas & Epiphany holidays. This means that registration for the CLT will cost only $25. Their college counseling services will also be 50% off. These sales will begin on 12/16 and end on 12/17.
Register for the CLT here.
Register for Classical Learning Initiatives counseling services here.
The family handbook section on after school parking and pick up is incorrect and will be corrected in next year’s edition. Please note from November 1 to April 1, the city of Grand Rapids will enforce the odd/even parking designations. On even days, you may not park your vehicle along the west (school/church) curb along Garfield. Please park on the east curb or park in the parking lot. If you have older children in your carpool or family, you should instruct them to gather your carpool group and cross the street together at the crosswalk.
We recognize this is an inconvenience, but we must follow the city ordinance. As we continue to address our “growing pains”, the flow of traffic around the campus is something we will study closely. Thank you for your patience.
Christmas Market Featured on WZZM
Sacred Heart Parish and Academy’s Christmas Market was featured on WZZM this weekend. See the clip here!
Thank you: Conference Food Donors
Dear parents and families that donated food to feed the teachers during conferences, thank you! We are grateful for the delicious meals and snacks you provided. Thank you for your love and support.
WGVU Cool Teachers
We have cool teachers at SHA! Congratulations to Mr. Walsh being nominated and winning a Cool Teacher Award last year, and Dr. Page winning a Cool Teacher award this fall! Learn more about the WGVU Program here.
The Advent Book Tree is Here
The Advent Book Tree will, once again, be available throughout Advent.
Tags on the tree list a book that comes from wish lists submitted by the teachers and library. Families are invited to choose books as gifts for classroom libraries, or the Academy library. Please choose your tag(s), purchase the item(s) listed, (paying very close attention to all the information given on each book), wrap the item(s) and deliver the package(s) back to the Academy office by Tuesday, January 3rd. These gifts will be distributed at Epiphany. Email Meghan Power with questions.
Handbook Highlight: Read the Newsletter
“The Academy will produce a weekly newsletter that will be sent home via e-mail and hardcopy, upon request. The intent of this communication is to provide families with a snapshot of timely information about the week-to-week operation of the Academy. The newsletters are our chief means of communication with parents, and we expect that it is read weekly.”
REMINDER – March for Life Payment – Due December 15th!!!
Parents of young people attending the March for Life trip to Washington D.C. please remember that the second payment of $30 for your child is due by December 15th. Checks should be made out to Sacred Heart with “March for Life” in the memo section. Payments can be turned into the Academy Office – Attn: Michael Tober.
Spring Break Mission Trip Meeting
There will be an information meeting for all high school students and their parents who have signed up for the Mission Trip on Tuesday, December 20th at 6:00 p.m. in the Academy Cafeteria. Packets and a brief overview of the 2017 Spring Break Mission to Mississippi will be discussed. Time for questions will be offered. If your child has not signed up, and you are interested in the trip, please come to the meeting. Signing up does not necessarily guarantee a spot on the trip.
March for Life Meeting
There will be a meeting on December 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Academy Cafeteria for all those attending Sacred Heart’s trip to Washington D.C. for the March for Life. At least one parent should attend. Parent (s) please bring heath insurance information as the trip will require a signed Medical Treatment Release Form. Final questions regarding the trip, and our baby blanket marathon fundraiser will be answered as well.
Parish Family Nights Resume 1/11
We look forward to seeing you when Parish Family Nights resume on 1/11/2017. Even though there is no Family Night this week, please join us for Advent Lessons and Carols on Thursday evening!
Baby Blanket Marathon Support
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish & Academy will be sending a bus of 53 representatives to the March for Life in Washington D.C. in January. Most of the participants are the Youth and Young Adults of our Parish and Academy! This group is seeking to gather 800 Yards of donated Fleece for their 12 Hour Baby Blanket Marathon to be held on Saturday, January 7th here at Sacred Heart. The purpose of the Marathon is to raise a greater awareness for the Sanctity of Life, to assist the local Catholic HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center, and to raise necessary funding to offset the travel cost to Washington D.C. for the March. Please prayerfully consider donating yards of fleece. We NEED to start collecting now. The only criteria is that the colors and patterns are baby friendly. Donations of fleece can be left in the back of Church, or dropped off to the parish and/or academy offices. All the fleece will be used to make no-sew baby blankets, all of which will be donated to HELP! Thank you for your support!
High School Ministry:
Pray to End Abortion!
Join us on Friday Mornings at 6 am at the abortion clinic, 320 Fulton to pray a Rosary. We go to Tim Horton’s afterwards for coffee and breakfast.
Mark your calendars for the High School Christmas Party, 1/11 at 6:15 pm.
Our 5/6 Boys and 5th Grade Girls gave it their best try but both lost this past week! However, they are making strides and coming together.
Come support them in the games coming up which for the Girls are tonight at 6 PM at SHA and Saturday, December 17th at 12:30 at Ada Christian Gym 1.
The Boys play Saturday, December 17th at 12:30 as well, at Ada Christian Gym 2.
SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance
Events are included in the newsletter one time, from then on, they can be found below, which links to the main Academy calendar, the website calendar. The website calendar is the official calendar. Occasionally, we will list special Mass Celebrations. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.
13 5th Grade Girls Basketball vs. St. Stephen/St. Paul @ Home
14 All School Assembly
15 PTC Pizza Lunch
15 Advent Lessons & Carols (Advent Concert)
20 Rorate Extraordinary Form Mass
20 Opportunity for Confession
20 Spring Break Mission Trip Meeting 6 pm
20 March for Life Trip Meeting 7 pm
21 SMART Aid Applications Due
21 Christmas Vacation begins after school
1/3 School resumes, all students return to school