Advent Message

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Advent is here; to me Advent has many messages.  One is building community.  Advent and Christmas allows us to get together with family and friends to strengthen our bonds.  A second message is the buildup to the celebration of the birth of Christ, the call to “make ready the way of the Lord.”  This message is the one many families tend to focus on the most—preparing for Christmas with decorations, presents, and a feast.  Another message of Advent is that we do not have to wait.  God is with us now, here in our lives.  Every day I see God at work in our learning community among our students, parents, and staff.

Please take time out of your busy Christmas season to remember the blessing we have of having Christ in our lives every day:

  • We continue to be blessed with a supportive and hard-working School Council and Parent Fundraising Committee. Please feel free to join us at any School Council meeting to provide your insights;
  • Our school continues to be blessed with a terrific staff;
  • We have the most wonderful student population. Daily I get compliments about our students;
  • Finally, we are blessed with our learning community of Our Lady of the Assumption School. Every day we show how we are “a community of hope and learning.”  This is truly a special place.

This year’s faith plan focuses on being ‘Rooted in Christ.’  I do not think there is a better season to model this than Advent and Christmas time.  Last year, I saw this pic on social media:

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This quote truly encapsulates the message of ‘Keep Christ in Christmas.’  This Advent and Christmas season feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.

Have a blessed Advent and Christmas season,

Greg Kostiuk

PS – If you see me after Christmas time give me a Ukrainian Christmas greeting.  In the Ukrainian culture during the Christmas season you say, “Khristos rodyvsya!” (Christ is born!) This is answered by “Slavite Yoho!” (Let Us Glorify Him!).

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