The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, is celebrated on December 12. This day commemorates her appearances to St. Juan Diego in 1531 near Mexico City. BT will prepare for this special feast by praying a 9 (school) day Novena to Our Lady starting on December 1.
The Advent Season
During Advent, a time of joyful expectation, we focus on and spiritually prepare our hearts for the coming and celebration of the birth of Christ.
Our Liturgy Committee sets up Advent wreaths in all Theology classrooms. The four candles on the wreath represent the promise of the coming of Jesus, the Light of the World.
The Jesse Tree, located in the lobby, represents Christ’s ancestry (family tree). Ornaments are hung — one each day of Advent — with symbols on them to represent Jesus’ ancestors and the various events of salvation history based on the day’s Scripture readings.
“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.” —Pope Benedict VXI, Homily at First Vespers of Advent, November 28, 2009
All School Masses – December 12 and January 22
Bishop David Talley will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the All School Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, celebrated on Thursday, December 12, at 9 a.m. Following Mass, the Nativity statues will be blessed and placed in the crèche in the lobby.
Father Tom Reilly, pastor at the Catholic Church of St. Ann, will celebrate Mass for the Unborn at the All School Mass on Wednesday, January 22, and deliver the homily.
Our annual BT Christmas gift-giving program supports local Vietnamese families living in poverty. Students will deliver their gift (new and wrapped) they signed up for to their Family meeting room on December 4. The week of December 2 (and up until December 13) Campus Ministry will need students to help collect, sort and pack presents immediately after school. Helpers will receive works of mercy service hours. We expect to collect over 1000 gifts for the families we are adopting and helping to make their Christmas wishes come true. We are grateful to both students and parents who will help with this program. Contact Ms. McCarthy for details. Parents who want to help with Adopt-A-Family should contact Beth Podgorny (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Works of Mercy Service Hours Due
5 Works of Mercy Service Hours are due on Friday, December 6. Our “Light of the World” service program is an annual and graduation requirement: 15 hours, with a minimum of 10 works of mercy hours and maximum of 5 other hours. Guidelines and the service report form are posted on the BT website (Home Page: Spiritual Life?Campus Ministry/Light of the World?Light of the World Service Program). Service opportunities are listed every month on the BT website.