• Mass for Students Only
• Spirit Week
• Christmas Concert
• Charitable Donations
• Chalice Toy Sale
• Message from St. Bernadette Parish (Confession and Communion)
THE MONTH AT A GLANCE
• Dec. 10th – Christmas Concert (posted on our YouTube Channel at 6pm: https://youtu.be/EVhri8SNWkM)
• Dec. 14th – 18th – Spirit Week and Chalice Toy Sale
• Dec. 18th – Early Dismissal (11:50 LG2 and LG4, 12pm LG1 and LG3)
• Dec. 18th – Reports go home
• Dec. 18th – Stingers club after school until 2:30pm. This is only for families who are registered for Stingers club and they must contact Sheila Vader prior to Dec. 18th to attend.
MASS FOR STUDENTS ONLY
On Monday Dec. 7th, the school received the following message from the Superintendent of Catholic Schools:
Regarding our inquiry about faith-based services, the document specifically states that “faith-based services for students are allowed to continue in independent schools as they would be considered part of students’ educational program. However, all religious in-person gatherings and worship services for the broader community are currently suspended under the updated provincial order.” Therefore, Masses and other faith services within a cohort in school facilities, while observing all safety and health guidelines, are permitted.
Based on this news, we are happy to announce that all students will attend Mass during the last week of school. Fr. Paul and Fr. Sajy have agreed to host Mass for each Learning Group (Cohort) from Monday to Thursday. We understand that this is also Spirit Week, a time when students can dress up. We ask that on the day that your child attends Mass, if they can have a jacket to wear overtop of their spirit wear.
Monday – Gr. 6 & 7
Tuesday – Gr. 4 & 5
Wednesday – Gr. 2 & 3
Thursday – K & Gr. 1
We will once again be hosting our annual Spirit Week from December 14th – 18th. Similar to all other aspects of schooling this year, Spirit Week will be done to comply with our health and safety plan. Students will have opportunities to partake in decorating contest, trivia and an elf scavenger hunt. Here are the themes for each day (all days are non-uniform):
Monday Dec. 14th – Christmas PJ Day
Tuesday Dec. 15th – Class Colour Day – teachers will notify families of which colour they will be wearing
Wednesday Dec. 16th – Favourite Christmas Character Day
Thursday Dec. 17th – Ugly Sweater Day
Friday Dec. 18th – Christmas Colour Day – wear Red, Green and/or White
Thank you for the generosity you have shown to those less fortunate. To dates we have donated to three organizations – St. Vincent De Paul Society, Holy Childhood Association and Covenant House. We have already reported on the tremendous outpouring of donations for St. Vincent De Paul Society. You also contributed $1155.30 to the Holy Childhood Association and $433.35 to Covenant House. Thank you for your donations and support. Our last charity campaign for 2020 will be Chalice.
Grade 6 students are once again sponsoring the annual gently used Christmas sale from December 14 – 18. All items will be priced from $0.50 to $5.00. This is a great time for students to buy Christmas presents for family and friends.
All proceeds will benefit Chalice, a Catholic charitable organisation based in Nova Scotia with sites all over the world devoted to the health, education and well-being of children.
We are excited to have our annual Christmas Concert happen virtually tomorrow at 6pm on our YouTube Channel. It is our hope that you are able to make it a special event for your child. Get together on the couch, pour some hot chocolate, make some popcorn and enjoy the concert. Please make sure you bookmark our YouTube channel so it is easy for you to access tomorrow at 6pm – https://youtu.be/EVhri8SNWkM
ST. BERNADETTE PARISH – CONFESSIONS
Saturday, Dec. 12 10:00am – 11:30am and 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Please wear a mask and maintain social distance at all times. Confessions are also available by appointment at this time. Please contact Father Paul at 604-596-0566 to schedule a convenient time to receive this sacrament.
ST. BERNADETTE PARISH – RECEIVE COMMUNION
Even though the church may be closed, we invite parishioners to come to the church parking lot, by car, immediately after participating in the livestream Mass on Sundays from 11am to 11:30am. at home. Everyone wishing to receive is asked to follow these instructions:
• Follow the direction of the ushers who will be monitoring the flow and show you where to go
• Stay in the car
• Wear a face mask
• Sanitize your hands
• Roll down your window when you get to the station for Holy Communion. Extend your arm toward the priest or EMHC and prepare to receive the Holy Eucharist in your hand. Pull your mask down and consume the Host before driving off.
• Feel free to drive to a parking spot for a time of thanksgiving.