SPB Family Newsletter

Week of December 9, 2019

Mission Statement

The Eucharistic community of Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School

focuses on Christ-centered values and develops the unique potential of each student

through a rigorous and engaging curriculum.

Calendar of Events


Second Sunday of Advent


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

All School Mass--9:00 am

Jingle Bell Shop

Starry Knights Art Club--2:30-3:30 pm


Jingle Bell Shop

STEM Club Meeting--2:30-3:30 pm

Grade 6 GCCTM Practice--2:30-3:15 pm

Grade 1 Daisy Girls Scouts Meeting--2:30-4:00 pm


Jingle Bell Shop

2019 Walk-a-Thon T-shirt Day

Geography Bee Finalist Practice--2:30-3:00 pm


Jingle Bell Shop

Grade 4 Progressive STEM Presentations

Junior High Band & Choir Concert--1:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Faculty Meeting--2:30-4:00 pm


Red & Green Dress Down for $1

Young Rembrandts--2:30-3:40 pm


Third Sunday of Advent

Grade 6 Flash Mass--10:00 am

A Note from the Principal

Dear SPB Families,

I want to express my genuine thanks to our parents, parishioners, faculty/staff, alumni, and friends of Saint Paschal Baylon who donated to our We Give Catholic campaign on Giving Tuesday. We had 82 donors contribute, and we raised an amazing $7,800 which surpassed our goal of $6,600. The funds raised from this campaign will be used to replace the very old lockers in some of our classrooms. As I checked in on the website throughout the day, I was very touched to see our dollar amount grow and grow. I am truly thankful to everyone who supported our cause, especially during this holiday season. God bless each of you!

Sunday marks the second week of Advent. The second purple candle on our Advent wreaths is lit and represents peace. It is sometimes referred to as the Bethlehem Candle, or the Candle of Preparation. Our Advent journey continues as we prepare for the birth of Christ. When visiting the classrooms this past week, I was happy to see the Advent activities in which our students are participating. On Monday, our third through eighth graders prepared their hearts by sharing in a Reconciliation service. Mrs. Klick's junior kindergartners are learning about Advent by comparing it to a pirate journey with the treasure being the birth of Jesus Christ, and Mrs. Connors' seventh graders will begin a study of the infancy narratives in the Gospels with a focus on Matthew's kingly version versus Luke's pastoral version. Everyone from our youngest students to our oldest students are learning about and participating in the Advent journey.

Finally, be sure to read about our New Student Referral Program. Through this program, school families can earn a $100 tuition credit for referring a new student who enrolls at Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School. Check out the details below.

With thanks,

Diane Raguz, Principal

New Student Referral Program


Christmas Concerts

Band and Junior High Christmas Concert

It's here! The Band and Junior High Choir Christmas Concert is on Thursday, December 12th at 1:00 and 7:00 pm, both in the Church (new location!). Performers should wear school uniforms for the daytime concert and dressy black and white outfits (khaki pants are also ok!) for the evening performance. ALL Junior High students are expected to perform in both concerts. Junior High students not involved in Band are asked to arrive at 6:30 pm and go to their homeroom before the concert. Hope to see you there as we celebrate the sights and sounds of Christmas in song!

Here are a few reminders for all band members for the upcoming weeks:

  • Band Students will meet at O’Brien Hall for instrument case storage and tuning. Students should arrive at 6:30 pm.
  • We will also have an in-school concert on Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at 1:00 pm in the church. You are welcome to attend. Please make sure that your child has his or her instrument and music on this day.
  • All band members must ensure that their instrument is in working condition and have extra reeds (as needed) at hand as well as their band folders with all their sheet music prior to the concert day.
  • Feel free to invite your friends and family to our concert.
  • Encourage your son or daughter to practice their concert music! Band students who store their instruments at the school are strongly encouraged to take the instruments home to practice their concert music. A great concert is more likely the result of deliberate practice, not talent.
  • Feel free to email me at emandujano@musicallianceinc.org if you have any questions.

Primary Grades Christmas Concert

Save the date for our annual Primary Grades Christmas Concert! This year's concert is on Wednesday, December 18th, with performances at 1:15 and 7:00 pm, both in the Church! All Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, and Third Grade students have a role in our show, so please make sure they are in attendance! Performers should wear school uniforms (or gym uniforms if it's a gym day) for the daytime performance and dress up for the evening performance! (Sunday best as some like to call it!) Performers should arrive for the concert at 6:30 pm and find their class and teacher in the Eymard Room. Hope to see you there as we ring in the Christmas Season and celebrate the birth of Jesus in song!

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Seeking Distinguished Graduate Award Nominations

Do you know a “Distinguished Graduate” of Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School? If so, please nominate him or her for the Distinguished Graduate Award to be announced at the closing Mass for Catholic Schools Week on Friday, January 31, 2020. To be eligible, the nominee should have graduated from Saint Paschal Baylon Catholic School at least ten years ago. The award recipient will be selected based on his or her contributions to the community, society, and the Catholic Church. Our school will accept nominations until December 15, 2019. The nomination form can be found below or on our school website under Quick Links.

From the Pastor's Perspective

There are so many wonderful things that happen at SPB each day. You or your children enjoy many of the fruits of so many who labor and share their time, talent and treasure – to be an excellent steward of God’s many blessings. During this special holiday season, from Thanksgiving to the New Year, I share my gratitude and gratefulness for all that you do for our SPB Community! We really appreciate your participation, and for most of you, your membership in our parish family!

I look forward to celebrating with you each Sunday at Mass. Through the Children’s Liturgy of the Word at either the Saturday 4:30 p.m. Mass or the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass, or altar serving, I enjoy the privilege of getting to know your children. Furthermore, my (almost) daily visits to the school and school Masses afford me the opportunity to share in the joys of growing together in faith with our young people. They amaze me! Thank you for passing on the faith to them by your witness and dedication to our Catholic Christian life!

There are a few pieces of news, that maybe have been missed in the busyness of the season. First, I hope you’ll take some time for you, through prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament (day or night, so ask me for the door code for the special door and park in the new SSS Kitchen lot, near this door to come in at any time 24/7). Also, here’s our Christmas schedule:

o 4th Sunday of Advent & CHRISTMAS TIME MASSES:


o MASSES, Monday, December 23: 9 a.m., church 11:30 Saint Ann Shrine, 12:15 p.m. church chapel

o Tuesday, December 24, Vigil Masses for the Nativity of the LORD (Obligation)

§ No communal Morning Prayer, Rosary or morning Mass

§ 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. with special music before each service

§ TO HELP WITH THE FIRE CODES, we encourage families that are truly able to attend other times, to please do so to avoid our precarious situation at 4:00 p.m. each year. Thank you!

o Wednesday, December 25, Masses for the Nativity of the LORD (Obligation)

§ 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. (the special Children’s Mass & Choir)

o REGULAR MASS TIMES: December 26 – December 31

o Tuesday, December 31, Vigil Mass for Mary, Mother of God (Obligation)

§ 4:30 p.m.

o Wednesday, January 1, Mass for Mary, Mother of God (Obligation)

§ 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

o REGULAR MASS TIMES: January 2 & 3 (Holy Name of Jesus Day and special day for the Holy Name Society of our parish)

o EPIPHANY KITS for Blessing Homes: January 4/5 during the Sunday Mass – marking the chalk on your doorposts for the new year

Secondly, you may have also read in the bulletin (full report will be in also the December 8 bulletin) our new Masses schedule, starting June 1, 2020. Here’s a summary:

§ Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. in church

§ Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. in Saint Ann Shrine

§ Saturday (anticipated Mass) 4:30 p.m.

§ Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW), currently at 10 a.m. will have a special survey from George Peko, our Catechetical Leader to have you share what time would be best for CLW to continue on Sunday morning.

With the First Sunday of Advent, we begin our new 5-year Pastoral Plan. It’s now online for our website: https://church.saintpaschal.com/strategic-plan so that you may have the pleasure of reviewing and seeing our hopes and dreams for the coming years. Twenty-five members of our parish’s family assisted in making the plan with our parish leaders and Pastoral Staff. I especially thank our Advancement Director, Kelly Ericsson, for her leadership and compiling all the materials. We have a lot of work to do together! I thank you for wanting to be part of one of the new projects – especially the new Marketing Committee.

Thanks for being part of SPB! Have a wonderful holiday and may Christ’s peace continue growing in your hearts. Happy 2020!! Let us continue to pray for each other!

In Christ our Eucharist,

Reverend John Thomas Lane, SSS


Bambinelli Blessing

Throughout the weekend of December 14th and 15th, a Bambinelli Blessing will be held during all of the Masses. "Bambinelli" refers to the "Baby Jesus" in the Nativity scene. Originated by Pope Paul VI in 1969, the blessing takes place each year in Rome on the Third Sunday of Advent. Since then, Roman Catholic churches from around the world, and now ours, have adopted this tradition. Every family is invited to bring their "Baby Jesus" from their Nativity scene to the Mass they attend on the Third Sunday of Advent and receive a blessing. The Bambinelli Blessing will incite us to experience God's true joy and love that comes from the infant Jesus, which reinforces the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ.

Come and rejoice in God's love for you in this new Advent celebration with your parish family.

Save These Dates!

Preschool Open House: If you are interested in enrolling your child/ren in our Saint Paschal Baylon Preschool, mark Thursday, January 23 on your calendar! The preschool team will be presenting information on all of our preschool programs beginning at 6:30 pm in the Eymard Room of the Family Life Center. The opportunity to see the classrooms will be available to all. Our preschool fills up fast, so you won’t want to miss this event. You may call the school office or email us at office@saintpaschal.com to register for the meeting.

All School Open House: All are welcome, seasoned parents and prospective parents, to our Catholic Schools Week Open House on Sunday, January 26 after the 10:00 am Mass. Information for new families will be available during this open house. For answers to your questions call the school office or email us at office@saintpaschal.com. New families will be entered into the free registration drawing taking place on Thursday.

Kindergarten Sneak Peek & Grades1-8 Grade 8 (new enrollment) Q&A: On Thursday, January 30 at 8:30 am, new families interested in our kindergarten or in transferring child/ren to our school are invited to our Sneak Peek event with our Kindergarten staff and a Q&A session with our administrative team. Join us for a light brunch, a tour of the school, and an opportunity to win a free registration worth $225. Please call the school office or email us at office@saintpaschal.com.

Spirit Gear Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Our annual Spirit Gear Holiday Pop-Up Shop will appear at Ladies Night, December 5th, and Basketball Picture Night (date TBD). New this year are LIMITED EDITION items! These items (like the B-ball and Science headbands shown) are only available at the Pop-Up Shops and quantities are limited - once they're gone, they're gone! Check out the SPB PTO Facebook Group for pictures of Limited Edition gear.

Want to be one of the first to grab the Limited Edition gear? Volunteer to help us work the Pop-Up Shop at Ladies Night! Link here ---> https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4babae28a7f94-spirit1

Our online shop will be open from Thanksgiving until December 8th with delivery of items to the school by Christmas break. *Please note that LIMITED EDITION gear will not be available through the online store.

Have any questions? Feel free to contact Katie Terman, Kristie Krebs, or Sarah Reynoso.


The link for December for Grade 5, for January for Grade 4, and for February for Grade 3 can be found below.

We are asking that each family (mom, dad, grandma, etc.) choose at least two days to volunteer each time slot being 11:00-1:00. We are so grateful for the help!

This is a great way for you to interact with your child and his/her classmates during the school day! Lunch/Recess Volunteers should arrive to school at 11:00 and check in at the office. Duties will include supervising students at recess, escorting students to the cafeteria from recess, and supervising in the cafeteria. Volunteers will be with one teacher and two "core" volunteers each day to help direct. Remember that after your two volunteer time slots, you are done for the year, as each month is assigned to a different grade.

Thank you again for your time and service to the students and teachers of SPB! Simply click on the grade level link to pick a time convenient for you: Grade 5, Grade 4, Grade 3.

Thank you to the Grade 6 moms, dads, and grandparents who volunteered during the month of November: Dr. Leigh Ann Kerns, Mrs. Heather DiIulio, Mr. Jason Willis, Mrs. Amy Franco, Mrs. Elaine Cutwright, Mrs. Ewa Scaffidi, Mr. Adrick Barnes, Mr. Frank Pak, Mrs. Nancy Dulzer, Mrs. Paula Metz, Mrs. Iveta Fitzwater, Mrs. Kristie Krebs, Mrs. Molly Kane, Mr. Mark Ellis, Mrs. Elena WIllis, and Mrs. Kerrie Cotturo.

THANK YOU for supporting the 8th grade play fundraiser! There is still time to order- the online sale ends January 8. 40% of every sale goes directly toward the play!


Here is the link for catalog and purchasing: www.yankeecandlefundraising.com

The group number for the SPB 8th grade is 999995461. You can shop online, place your order, and receive your products quickly. You support the whole class by placing an order, there is no need to credit a specific student.

Over 500 quality products available online and new items through the season from Yankee Candle, Calphalon, Coleman, CrockPot, Oster and many more.

These items make great Christmas gifts and host/hostess gifts.

Questions? email Beth Mennel at bsmennel@gmail.com.

Let's give the 8th graders a fantastic experience; spread some coziness, buy some candles!


Camp Invention June 2020

Do you love to sketch, create, and design? Do you like using your imagination to come up with new ideas? Check out the all-new Camp Invention 2020 program, where you will bring your designs and ideas to life, explore hands-on activities with friends, and take apart and personalize your own robot. St. Paschal's is excited to host Camp Invention again this summer the week of June 8-12 from 9:00-3:30 pm with an option to add Extended Day. Secure your spot today by visiting invent.org/camp. Register by March 31st using the promo code ELEVATE25 to save $25 off your registration. Contact Mrs. Popelka, mpopelka@saintpaschal.com, with any questions.

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