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Advent Prepares our Hearts

Have you noticed Christmas decorations and commercials on TV started appearing before Halloween this year? Slowly over the years the rush to the Christmas season has creeped further and further into October. It can be difficult to stay focused on each holiday and the purpose of the celebration.

As an independent Catholic school for boys before we celebrate Christmas we observe the liturgical season of Advent. Mr. Malixi our lower school religion teacher and liturgy coordinator helps us to understand the significance of the season by sharing with our community the purpose of Advent.

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Hello to All!

As some of you might know, the Season of Advent begins on Sunday. During Advent, we focus mainly on two things, waiting and preparing. It seems fitting since the Latin meaning of Advent is "the arrival" or "the coming".

Preparing, we are familiar with. We do many things to prepare for the celebration of the first coming of Jesus, more commonly referred to as Christmas. The waiting part, however, may not come as natural to some of us. Christmas music is on the radio earlier and earlier each year, and Christmas decorations are being displayed earlier and earlier as well. Waiting for Christmas, can be challenging, but it is essential to practice waiting during the season of Advent. We need to focus on waiting for the Second Coming of Jesus. Take this time to focus on, what have we done right, and what do we need to do better in our lives, to make sure that when Jesus comes again that we are ready.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church stresses the two-fold meaning of this coming: When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviors first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for His second coming (No. 524).

So, be happy, get excited, be joyful, but please make sure we are celebrating Advent and not Christmas for the next few weeks. There will be plenty of time to celebrate Christmas once it rolls around.

Peace and Blessings!

Mr. Malixi

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In this Bicentennial year of Sacred Heart education crossing new frontiers was the goal St. Philippine Duchesne sought to achieve. Her determination required a great deal of patience. Her life was about waiting so that she could serve the Potawatomi Indians of America. Her waiting ended when she sailed on the Rebecca ship to America. Her arrival in America marked the beginning of Sacred Heart education here in America in 1818.

As we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas let's light the candles of the Advent wreath and bring light into the world. Our preparing and waiting will help us to truly be ready!