With Christmas lights up around the city, people singing Christmas carols, buying Christmas gifts, sending Christmas cards and spreading Christmas joy, it might be hard to believe it isn’t Christmas yet.
Students and staff at Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools want to remind people that it’s advent.
Advent is a season of preparation for Christmas, one of the most significant of Christian celebrations. Preparation happens in a variety of forms and typically involves prayer and spiritual preparation combined with acts of charity and service—outward acts of gratitude and sharing of God’s blessings.
Daily prayers, weekly advent liturgies, and school masses in virtually all of our schools help students and staff prepare. This internal reflection prompts outward action to share our blessings in hope that others experience the joy of “God with us” (cf Matt 1:23). The varied, and sometimes unique, works of charity and service reveal a bit of the personality of staff and students at each school.
A few of the more unique initiatives include: Light Up the Friendship Inn, raising money to pay for power at the inn; donating items to a “Santa Store” that allows students to buy gifts for family members at a substantially reduced price; raising money for Syrian refugee sponsorships; and selling candy-grams to raise money for Free the Children. This infographic
shows some of the common ways that students and staff witness our Catholic faith—reaching out to transform the world—during this holy season of advent.