Volume 32 - December 4, 2017
A look to the week ahead
December is here. Thankfully the December weather is still holding off. If DeMarco is right, winter weather will be here by the end of the week. We have a schedule change on Friday due to our K-12 Immaculate Conception Mass.
Wednesday: Prayer Service @ 2:30, 7-12 Vocal & Orchestra Concert @ 7:30 at the St. Patrick Church
Thursday: Webinar @ 2:00, Department Meetings @ 2:30
Friday: Immaculate Conception Mass @ 9:30
Saturday: ACT Testing
Have a wonderful week!
This Week's Morning Prayer
We will pray a different prayer each day of Advent. They are in the Morning Prayer Doc.
Dec 4-Dec 8: Daily Advent Prayer
12/4 God of forgiveness,
I turn to you in my great weakness and beg for your help.
Let me feel the joy growing in my heart as I anticipate your coming.
I hear the message of the prophets of old
and know that the Messiah will bring new life and new ways of living.
From the humbleness of my life, help me to grow and bloom
and hear the words that will change the world.
12/5 Lord of all,
you are a God of plenty, a Lord who provides for us in our need.
As I begin these early days of Advent
help me to believe that you know what I need.
Give me the courage to listen to your voice
and the freedom to open my heart to the graces you are
offering me to place my trust in you.
12/6 God of strength and protection,
I turn to you because I need help.
I long to be free enough to trust that I can lean on you.
But I become afraid. Help me to trust in you, Lord.
Your strength and power are a gentle place of protection.
Be a safe refuge when I am being trampled.
I long for your help, your protecting care.
Help to deliver me from the cold loneliness of these dark nights.
12/7 Jesus, protector, I long for your coming.
The promise of new light is there if only I can believe.
Protect me from dangers and lead me through the gloom and darkness
to the joy I so long to find in you.
Lift me from my lowly sins and give me the promise of salvation with no more shame,
only the light and saving grace of your love.
Let the ancient dream be fulfilled in you and peace come to this life and world.
12/8 God of Strength, I need your courage.
You offer to make firm the knees that are weak.
Only you know how frightened I so often am.
And you do offer me strength.
There is the promise of your Son's coming and knowing that you will save me.
I can't do this on my own no matter how often I think I can.
Give me the humility to ask for your help
and open heart to accept your healing and love in my life.
7-12 Vocal & Orchestra Concert
Thursday Afternoon Meeting
12/6: Prayer Service @ 2:30 - no change
12/8: K-12 Immaculate Conception Mass @ 9:30 - Morning Mass Schedule (attached below)
12/13: Prayer Service & Reconciliation @ 8:30 - Reconciliation Schedule (attached below)
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?