The Lasallian Community Begins Celebration of Advent
All are invited to gather in our Advent celebrations on campus during the next four weeks.
As we begin the season of Advent, The La Salle Community is invited to witness all of the many ways in which La Salle College High School comes together to celebrate the birth of our Savior, and to share our good fortune, gifts, and talents with those in need.
Below is a snapshot of the many activities that will be happening over the next four weeks.
Student led Advent Prayer Services will be celebrated on December 8, 15, and 21st in the Marian chapel. These prayer services will begin at 7:30AM and end at 7:45AM. If you've attended in the past, you know that these demonstrate the strong faith of our young men.
School Wide Liturgies for the feast of the Immaculate Conception (Friday, December 8) and our annual Christmas Liturgy (Wednesday, December 20) featuring the gifts and talents of the entire music department.
Donate a toy through our Annual Giving Tree collection for the under-privileged children of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Department of Recreation. The Giving Trees are located outside the auditorium.
Write Santa on December 13, 2017 during homeroom. Each letter written will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, through the annual Macy's Believe Campaign.
Volunteer through one of our weekly service programs right up until Christmas break: Elder Share, Visitation BVM and La Salle Academy tutoring, Triest House, Homeless Outreach and Cooking for Homeless Outreach, Sarnelli House, Human Rights Forum, Face to Face (MOL), and Manna on Main Street (Mother's Club). Check the daily bulletin for ways to sign up!
Dress Down on Friday, December 15, 2017! Proceeds from this La Salle Responds will help those in need this holiday season.
Many of our community members are organizing special projects this time of the year. Approximately 150 students, faculty, staff, and parents will participate in Secret Santa Christmas toy collection and delivery benefitting the children of St. Christopher's Hospital. The Music Department will perform for the elderly at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries and Holy Family Nursing Home on December 18, 2017. The swim team and the Ministry & Service Team will adopt a family in need this Christmas season. If your group is doing something or are interested in a project, contact Micky Dominick.
There are several resources in which you can personally reflect this Advent. Consider one or more of the following:
Back by popular demand, teachers are invited to start your class off with Keeping Time: Praying Advent Throughout the School Day. These books are in classrooms ready to use each period. Each period has a theme that is woven in prayer throughout the day. Any staff that wants to pray along each hour, contact Carol Haggerty for a copy of the book.
Surf the web for enriching faith experiences! Dynamic Catholic has produced Best Advent Ever, a daily video reflection that you can have delivered right to your inbox each day. It's a unique way to pause each day to reflect on the true meaning of the season. To sign up or watch the videos, visit https://dynamiccatholic.com/best-advent-ever/
The District of Eastern North America (DENA) has produced a weekly online Advent Retreat, You Are Invited!, which features de La Salle's method of interior prayer as a means of reflecting on Sunday's Gospel. To participate in this online retreat, visit https://www.fscdena.org/advent-retreat-2017/.
Take 5 in our Marian Chapel! Why not consider taking 5 minutes of your day to spend in quiet prayer in our Marian Chapel? During Advent, we will have quiet, reflective music as well as Bibles and other spiritual readings available at the entrance.