December 2016 ~ Advent
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“Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, live soberly, set your hopes completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

1 Peter 1:13

The character of Advent is one of waiting and expectation for the full joy of Christmas. (GIRM)

Read an Article on preparing your home for the Advent Season.

For all Schola Rosa families

For safe travels &  For good health

For All Expectant Mothers

For R.A.S. and Schola Rosa Staff
Director Check-In ~ Monday, December 12th at 8 pm Central Time.

Just-Home Check-In ~ Tuesday, December 13th at 8 pm Central Time

Advent Fundraiser ~ Please Help Out and Spread the Word!

Preparing Your Home Spiritually & Practically for Advent

Advent is a season of preparation, of waiting, of penance, and of repentance. For much of the United States, Advent is just the opposite.  In fact, it is not Advent at all.  It has become a season filled with parties, Christmas decorations, sweets, treats, and a frenzy of activity.  In the weeks building up to the Birth of Christ, it is easy to become consumed in those activities the rest of our culture is practicing.

Instead, as faithful Christians devoted to Tradition, how do we make Advent a time to quiet our hearts in reflection, to prepare our homes, and to wait in anticipation of the coming Savior?

The Church teaches us: “[W]hen the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating [John the Baptist’s] birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: He must increase, but I must decrease” (Catechism, no. 524; original emphasis).


Free Jesse Tree Ornaments Download, Readings, and Coloring Pages for Advent

If you haven’t discovered the “Jesse Tree” yet, then this is certainly worth a look. Instead of putting up a Christmas tree during Advent, erect a few branches for a Jesse Tree. The barren limbs remind us of the world without the Redeemer. This creates a beautiful contrast for when you finally put up your Christmas Tree at Christmas. The evergreen reminds us of the new life and life with Christ now that God’s promise has been fulfilled. The difference in the two trees also highlights the difference between the world without Christ and the world with Him.

Advent Fundraiser

As members of the Schola Rosa community, you know our curriculum and our community-building efforts! Every year Schola Rosa provides opportunities for directors to give families free enrollments. We want to ensure all families in a community have the chance to benefit from a local cooperative as well as a solidly-catholic curriculum. Please help us to continue our service by helping with our annual Advent Fundraiser. Every penny counts! Think of this as your chance to share with those families who could use the extra help. 

How can you help?
  • Purchase an Audio Download or Audio CD from our Fundraiser page HERE! 
  • Choose to "Help Out," "Be a Giver," or "Be a Booster." Choose the level you feel most comfortable with. 
  • Share the fundraiser with family and friends! The Audio CDs make a great Christmas gift for anyone!
December Book Club & Outings
Mothers' Outing Idea

Advent Wreath Making or Cookie Exchange
Fathers' Outing Idea

Holiday Symphony or Orchestra
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