Principal’s Blog: Reflecting on Advent in our School

We are very proud of the way we enter into the liturgical seasons and provide meaningful spiritual
experiences for our students at St. John the Baptist school. As we begin the second week of Advent, I
share with you some of the unique experiences students are participating in this year.

We began Advent with a prayer service that has a beautiful conclusion. The hall lights are dimmed, soft
music plays through overhead speakers and students silently line the hallways as each class carries their
lit Advent wreath to their classroom. The quiet reverence and gentle light remind us that we are waiting
for someone special during this season. In addition to the traditional Advent wreath, we have an image of
Mary and Joseph that is moved, day-by-day, toward the manger scene at the end of the hall.

As you and your family celebrate this Advent season, consider this quote from Pope Benedict XVI:
“Advent, this powerful liturgical season that we are beginning, invites us to pause in silence to understand
a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is
giving us, signs of the attention he has for each one of us.”