Dear St. Juliana Falconieri Parents,
“Gratitude can transform a common day into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
— William Arthur Ward
I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving with family and friends. We look forward to the celebration of Advent with hope in our hearts as we await Jesus’ birth. The Advent readings remind us of the light in our lives symbolized in the Advent Wreath. Each week our lives become brighter as we light an additional candle. The readings each week call us to focus on preparation for Jesus’ coming and the joy we anticipate on Christmas when the greatest gift was given.
St. Juliana faculty and students will be participating in our annual Catholic Charities Adopt-A-Family, Mary’s Shelter, and St. Vincent de Paul gift giving. Students in third through sixth grades along with the staff, sponsor families with each student receiving the name and clothing sizes for their family member. Catholic Charities has informed us that the families look to us to provide clothing rather than toys. Our goal is that each member of the family receives three to four gifts. Seventh grade students will provide a specific $20.00 gift card for the clients at Mary’s Shelter. Our TK, kindergarten, first, second, and eighth grades participate in the St. Vincent de Paul toy drive sponsored by the parish. They will be providing a $10.00 - $15.00 toy for those children. All donations need to be at school no later than Monday, December 11th for delivery.
The Advent Program is Thursday, December 7th at 7:00pm. All students are expected to participate and have been hard at work preparing for an evening that celebrates the Advent season and Christmas. The teachers have worked diligently in anticipation of this event.
Have a prayerful Advent, a joyous Christmas, and hopeful New Year. We cannot lose sight of the reason for this season and the mighty gift of love. We are truly blessed in our faith and our ability to share it with each other. May God bless you and your families this Christmas.
Manuel Gonzales Jr. M. A.