Saturday, 8 December 2018

All Saints Blog Week of December 10th, 2018

Second Week of Advent: Hope
The word “Advent” has a Latin root that means “coming.” The pre-Christmas season of Advent is a time of preparation to celebrate the first coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas: “the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1.14) Soon, a joyful feast will mark the reality that heaven came to earth that first Christmas.
(from Terrence Prendergast, S.J. Archbishop of Ottawa - Advent message)

We light a second purple candle on the second Sunday of Advent to represent the hope of Christ coming to the world. The word "hope" has two meanings in the Bible. The first, tiqvah, contains the sense of eager anticipation or waiting. The second, elpis. depicts a sense of confident expectation based on certainty. Biblical hope is secured by God's faithfulness to His promises. For the Old Testament leaders, their hope was in the Messiah's arrival. For us, it is the hope of the Messiah's return.
God's plan for humanity unfolded in the town of Bethlehem, the birthplace of the Messiah, joyously fulfilling a long-awaited promise. Today we confidently wait for the Messiah's triumphant return. (

European Historical Trip - May 2020
All Saints is inviting students to register for a European Historical adventure to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands in May 2020. The trip is filled with amazing activities and visiting educational and historical sites as we travel to England, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Please contact Ms Power at the school for more information at or pick up an information package in room 215.

Cooperative Education Corner
All Saints has a large number of students who enrol in cooperative education courses to pursue some practical work opportunities. In the coming weeks we will feature some of our students and the experiences they are having. This week: Featured Co-op Student:Madison Brown
Madison Brown is in Grade 12 working at Mercury Filmworks. She is also involved in the Arts and Culture SHSM
Madison is being exposed to many behind the scene details, literally. She commented that her duties are almost different every other day. “I get moved around from show to show depending on which shows setup is needed first. For instance I could be working on Tangled the series, and then once I finished my work from that episode I could move to Lion Guard and do the same task I just finished for Tangled, but for Lion Guard. An example of a duty is to turn background files into smaller PNG files. What I enjoy most about my placement is the opportunity I have been given to seen all the different teams and tools they use to create amazing shows and motion pictures, such as Tangled and Lion Guard.”
Madison is able to demonstrate how the Catholic values she is learning at school are serving her well in the workplace. She demonstrates Hope. She hopes that one day she could be in a workplace like this for the rest of her life, and creating something everyone would like.

There is a great deal of information on the CSPA website regarding information for parents and upcoming sessions. You can visit the website here.

Check out our blog – and our twitter @AllSaintsOCSB (Mr. Kelly’s - @seankellyottawa) as well as our website for all that is happening at All Saints!

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