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Principal's Message

 

         Christmas Message


Christmas is a time of tradition. Families, communities and, of course the Catholic Church all have traditions that are important to them at this time of year. Communities have times when people come together for the turning on of Christmas lights. Families have their traditions specific to them. Which mass they go to at Christmas, the food served on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Our Catholic Faith has a myriad of traditions, one of which is the Nativity scene. Many, if not all, of the traditions are to do with coming together as a community. The covid pandemic has meant that the traditions of individuals, peoples and faiths, have had to adapt, change or will not take place this year. At St. Paul School it is unlikely that we will put up our Nativity scene.We want to keep a minimalist environment that will keep our children and vulnerable adults safe.

However we will try to keep as many of our traditions as we possibly can. Of course we will continue to light our Advent candles each week up until Christmas mass on December 16, but our Liturgies will be done in the classroom as opposed to the gym.There will be no Christmas concert but we will be able to have an online version so parents are able to see musical performances done by each class. We will also continue to invoke the name Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 11. This has become an important part of our religious and cultural life over the last number of years. Our Lady of Guadeloupe speaks to every person in the St. Paul community as she is the Patroness of the Americas, the Philippines, our First Nations community and is held in very high esteem in Mexico. 100% of our population are represented by Our Lady of Guadalupe and for many she is vitally important both religiously and culturally.

One final tradition that is able to continue this year is our Christmas dinner. We will continue to provide our students with a nutritious meal in a communal setting. This will be done as we maintain social distancing and following all the appropriate health guidelines.

As mentioned above we are in troubling times but in our wee world we want to keep things as normal as we possibly can. This is because our Faith and traditions are important to us as Catholics and members of the St. Paul community. Also in order to alleviate anxiety and help our students deal with the stresses of the pandemic, trauma informed schools always make sure that students are in a calm, safe and predictable environment.

Finally I would like to wish everyone an enjoyable, safe and healthy Christmas and you are able to enjoy the birth of Our Lord with your family.


 

I'Taamomohkatoyiiksistsikomi Cualli netlācatilizpan īhuān yancuic xihuitl    


Ngand Nwi Lam     عيد ميلاد   Feliz Navidad

 

Maligayang Pasko   Miet puou yan dhiedh Banyda tene Yin


Merry Christmas


-Mr. Muldoon Christmas


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