Principal's Message

Week of November 30, 2020
Dear Paramus Catholic Families,
Welcome Back from Thanksgiving Break! I hope everyone is recharged and ready to give their best over the next few weeks. As stated in my letter dated November 24, 2020, students will be remote until December 14, 2020. At that time, there will be a reevaluation to determine whether or not students will remain all remote.
 
The Advent season has begun. Over the next four weeks, we begin to prepare spiritually for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. Advent is a season for remembering the closeness of God. It is followed by anticipation, hope, and joy.
 
A symbol of Advent is the Advent wreath. The lighting of an Advent wreath is a custom that began with Lutherans and Catholics in 16th-century Germany. Typically, the Advent wreath is a circle of branches or garland with four or five candles arranged on the wreath. During the season of Advent, one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services.
 
The three main colors are purple, pink, and white. Purple symbolizes repentance and royalty. Pink represents joy and rejoicing. White stands for purity and light. Each candle carries a specific name as well. The first purple candle is called the Prophecy Candle or Candle of Hope. The second purple candle is the Bethlehem Candle or the Candle of Preparation. The third (pink) candle is the Shepherd Candle or Candle of Joy. The fourth candle, a purple one, is called the Angel Candle or the Candle of Love. And the last (white) candle, placed in the center of the wreath is the Christ Candle.
 
Each week leading up to Christmas I will include a prayer located at the end of the message, that can be prayed during the week with your family or alone.
 
On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, there will be a Virtual Principal’s Student Impact Team meeting at 2:00 PM via Zoom. All students are invited to attend. The invitation to the meeting will be posted on Blackbaud.
 
Have a safe and good week.
In your gratitude,
Dr. Stephanie Macaluso
 
Advent Family Prayer
God of Love,
Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us.
He is a sign of your love.
Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent,
As we wait and prepare for His coming.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior.
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