Volume 34 - December 18, 2017
A look to the week ahead
We have almost made it to Christmas break. I hope that all of you are able to spend the 2 weeks off enjoying your families, resting, and rejuvenating. Don't forget that we come back on Thursday the 4th.
Wednesday: Prayer service @ 11:00
Have a wonderful week!
This Week's Morning Prayer
12/18 Oh, Adonai, dearest Lord, Compassionate God of justice,
so many areas of my life seem imprisoned but you promise me real freedom
and peace in my life.
Renew my spirit and free my soul.
Please, open my heart which you have bathed in the longing of Advent.
I am awe-struck as your glory fills the earth and I want to follow you in caring for others.
Grant me the grace to see how you shine your light on the poor
who have such a special place in your heart.
12/19 Loving God,It is growing in my heart:
An awareness and gratitude of your constant love for me;
Like the sun rising in the East to warm and comfort my life and to bring new growth.
Thank you for these weeks of prayer.
In the spirit of the season my waiting, my patience, feels sacred.
Bless my heart with generosity and make me ready to receive you.
Come, Lord Jesus! Come!
12/20 Oh, King of us all, I find myself standing before your strength and splendor
watching, waiting and filled with total joy.
You have lifted my mind in hope.
Now help me to open my life and the coming of the Spirit.
I want to be like Mary, your mother.
Her wonderful courage and strength inspire me to do the same.
She simply said Yes and the impossible was done.
Thank you for this Advent journey.
The anticipation has filled my life and made me long for a closer relationship with you.
My life gets so busy that I forget to focus.
Thank you for your guidance.
Thank you for the quiet moments when I have felt your love.
Nothing will be impossible with God.
Thursday Afternoon Meeting
Not really - no meeting on Thursday since we are ON BREAK!
12/20: Christmas Basket Prayer Service @ 11:00 - Christmas Basket Prayer Service Schedule (attached below)
Yearlong Reflection Journal
Links to past videos:
Week 3 - Popular culture brings many challenges and pressures to our students. What do you think the Church can bring them to help them deal with all of the outside influences they face? How does Regina do this? Can we do more? How?
Week 4 - What structures or opportunities exist at Regina to help students build a deep sense of community? Can we do more? What?
Week 5 - What kind of balance exists between a Regina student’s intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual lives? Are we happy with the current balance? If so, what can we do to change it?
Week 6 - What practical ways could we incorporate periods of silence into our school day?
Week 7 - Is Jesus the genuine foundation of Regina? In what ways can we improve in making Jesus the foundation of Regina?
Week 8 - Does the sense of Regina achieving its mission ‘depending chief!y on you’ make you feel excited or burdened as a community?
Week 9 - An authentic Catholic school will try to reveal to students the deep truth that they are made in the image of God, that they are loved and that are needed in the world. How effective do you think Regina is at the moment in helping young people know these truths?
Week 9 - It takes courage and effort these days to present Jesus both to the hearts and heads of young people. Do you think your school has the courage to first make Jesus a priority for staff and then proclaim Him to young people in the many opportunities of each day or is Jesus given an occasional mention? What could change and how?
Week 9 - The idea of your subject being a way that students encounter truth can be a paradigm shift. Being totally honest, do you think your school values academic and teaching excellence more in terms of rankings and its appeal to parents or in terms of leading students to truth and Christ? Could both be possible?
Week 10 - What ways currently exist to really encounter the person of Jesus at Regina? What could change or be given more emphasis?
Week 11 - In what ways do you see your school currently developing ‘strong habits of virtue’ in each student that will ‘sustain them in the struggle of life”? What is one thing that could be attempted to strengthen this?
Week 12 - How effectively do you think Regina addresses the spiritual hunger that exists in every young person? Could more be done?
Week 13 - Try and define two or three core elements that truly capture what living the Gospel means.
Week 14 - Do you feel your strengths and expertise are creating a community where love for others is increasing? If not, what could be attempted or done differently?
Week 15 - How could Regina, “...bring warmth and stir hearts.’ through how it understands and uses social communication?
Week 16 - What is your sense of the quality of Regina’s religious education curriculum? Do you think students are given the chance to engage deeply with the Catholic faith on a rigorous level?
Week 17 - If observers spent a week at Regina what would they encounter? What ways exist at Regina for staff to deeply encounter Christ?