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Friday, December 1, 2023
Dear Families,

Today is the first day of December.  It is hard to believe 2023 is almost over.  My father-in-law, who lived into his nineties, used to say, “The older you get, the faster the year goes by.” As I approach my 64th birthday, it definitely feels that way. 
With a Junior High movie night in Unity Place this evening, the choir singing at Normandy Park Town Center on Saturday; the Christmas tree lighting/the choir caroling at YB Tubless on Wednesday; Potluck, Caroling and Santa pictures in Unity on Thursday, and All School Mass on Friday, there is a lot going on over the next seven days. This is in addition to all that happens at school and in our homes every day AND the multitude of other tasks that need to be done in preparation for the holidays- phew! This time of year, it is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of events and forget to take time to reflect on the reason for the season. We forget to be silent and still- to pray and just breathe.
Sunday is the first day of Advent; the first season in the new liturgical year. This year, with Christmas Day on a Monday, Advent is shorter than usual. There are four Sundays in Advent. This year, the last Sunday in Advent is on Christmas Eve. We need to begin our Advent preparations soon.
Advent is a time of anticipation and joyful preparation. Advent wreaths and Nativity Sets are put out. Christmas trees are decorated with lights. Advent songs are sung.  Masses are celebrated, and Reconciliation is made. We are reminded to pray daily, to give to those in need and to reflect on and prepare to celebrate Jesus’s birth and His future coming again. 
Advent is a season of grace, joy, and hope. Advent is a reminder that with Jesus- with faith and love- there is always light. A light that shines in the darkness and that darkness will never overcome.
You are love beyond measure. During this season of Advent, know this as you slow down and truly prepare for Christmas Day.
Breathe. Pray. Be kinder than you think necessary. Thank you for being a community that supports all of our children.  Reach out if you can help or need help.

Peace and blessings,
Rosemary Leifer

STFOA 12.1.2023 Newsletter