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Advent Reflection from the Bishop McNamara High School Campus Ministry

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Campus Ministry Upcoming Events!

Faith Sharing Groups

Thursday December 10, join an informal ecumenical spiritual community where we will pray, read from scripture, and discuss with one another how the Word of God can help us walk our spiritual journey during this difficult time. We will be hosting our first FSG on December 10th at 1 pm. If you want to join us lookout for the link. If you cannot join us this time, no worries! We will be hosting FSG’s biweekly so come when you can! 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77048907953?pwd=S3JuS1BNSjZqU0N6M3dyVGRORGlxdz09

Meeting ID: 770 4890 7953
Passcode: FSG


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The Advent season is a time in the Church where we focus on the coming of Christ! During this season Christians have used an Advent wreath (pictured below) as a reminder for the season. The Advent wreath was created out of evergreens, symbolizing everlasting life in the midst of winter and death as the evergreen is continuously green. The circle reminds us of God’s unending love and the eternal life He makes possible.

The Advent wreath is a symbol of the season, with a candle lit each of the four Sundays leading up to, and on Christmas Day. The light of the flickering candle flames reminds us who Jesus is: “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

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Upcoming Due Dates

Part of the Comfort Zone Challenge Google Form needs to be submitted by October 13, 2020. 

If you completed any service hours. Submit them here.  

Note: Your required hours will not be recorded on Maccess until your Part One CZC Google Form is completed. 

Any questions? Email Ms. Saunders at amanda.saunders@bmhs.org

What is this newsletter? 

I'm so glad you asked! This newsletter is a place where you will be able to find updates from campus ministry. This will include service due dates, current service opportunities, upcoming retreats and a variety of reflections from your peers! 

If you are interested in writing/recording a reflection for the newsletter, please let us know! 


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The true story of Santa Claus begins with St. Nicholas

  • His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. 
  • One of the legends told about St. Nicholas takes place in France the story is told of three small children, wandering in their play until lost, lured, and captured by an evil butcher. St. Nicholas appears and appeals to God to return them to life and to their families. And so St. Nicholas is the patron and protector of children
  • Cultures around the world celebrate his legacy in different ways. 
    • Widely celebrated in Europe, St. Nicholas’ feast day, December 6th, kept alive the stories of his goodness and generosity.
    • In Germany and Poland, boys dressed as bishops begged alms for the poor—and sometimes for themselves!
    • In the Netherlands and Belgium, St. Nicholas arrived on a steamship from Spain to ride a white horse on his gift-giving rounds and on the 5th, the eve of the celebration by sharing candies (thrown in the door), chocolate initial letters, small gifts, and riddles.
    • Dutch children leave carrots and hay in their shoes for the saint’s horse, hoping St. Nicholas will exchange them for small gifts. 

Photo © Elisabeth Ivanovsky

CURRENT SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

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  • Toys for Tots 2020 hosted by Prince George’s County Police Department sponsored by Stand Up & Deliver
  • Volunteers Needed on Saturday, December 19
  • 7am-1030am  or  10am-1pm
  • Six Flags Amusement Park, Largo, MD
  • Volunteers must be able to stand and walk outside for 3.5 hours to assist with distributing gift cards to children
  • Please email – ddbenbow@co.pg.md.us by Wednesday, 12/16 if you are available

Greater Beulah Community Development Center, Inc.,

Virtual Online Tutoring
Contact: Tina Hayes

301-675-1925
Tina.R.Hayes@gbcdci.org
Web: http://www.gbcdci.org/
Volunteer Activities:  Virtual Tutoring (Grades K- 5) -  Assist Tutors with activities in math and language in Google Classroom setting

Other Information: Sessions are held every Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Timeframe:  December 1, 2020 – May 2021

Another Tutoring Opportunity: 

Our organization, Free Tutoring Center, is committed to working with large numbers of middle and elementary school students from underprivileged backgrounds. We are trying to make up for disastrous circumstances that are depriving millions of brilliant kids from the opportunity to receive the education that they deserve. 

We already have hundreds of hours of volunteer tutoring occurring every week, but we have an overload of students that desperately need tutors. Students from your school can sign up to make a difference.

Volunteers can earn awards such as Valuable Tutor, Veteran Tutor, Elite Tutor (Tier 1 or 2), and Master Volunteer. All hours will be tracked.

You can find more information about our organization on www.freetutoringcenter.com, and you can email me, saskia@freetutoringcenter.com, if you have any questions. 

A third tutoring opportunity: 

Gigi’s Playhouse--1:1 Math and Literacy Tutoring Session. You can tutor (virtually or in person) an individual with Down syndrome; no experience necessary!

Requirements: 

  • The Spring Session starts the week of February 1st and ends the week of April 17th.

  • 1 hour total each week; 30 - 45 minutes of 1:1 tutoring and the remaining time spent planning and taking data.

  • There will be one live virtual training that tutors across the nation all tune into, then a series of pre-recorded videos you will watch before your first session.

  • GiGi's uses Microsoft Teams for the video calls and we will help you get set up on that platform.

  • You can choose to tutor in either Math or Literacy.

  • Sign up here! 

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  • Looking for a chance to get outside and serve the DC community? Email Mr. Hardwick (samuel.hardwick@bmhs.org) to work with the Franciscan Monastery's Garden Guild (pictured here). 
  • PETS is looking for volunteers to create video content so they can keep their riders enagaged with the organization during this time. If you are interestedemail Kim Molhoek and Christopher Blegen at pgcpets@gmail.com. 
  • Contact Camp Fire Teens in Action, they are participating in a variety of virtual service opportunities. Email Rosemary Pezzuto at Rosemary.Pezzuto@campfirepatuxent.org
  • Sowing Empowerment & Economic Development, INC needs help in their office with data entry. If you are interested email Tamara Nunes at tnunes@seedinc.org
  • Don't forget that you can be creative within your community by asking yourself "Is there something I do for my neighbor?"
  • Catholic Charities plans to host our annual Coat Drive this November 2020 and January 2021. If you have any questions reach out to Claire SanFilipoo at claire.sanfilippo@cc-dc.org. See below for key details:

    • Volunteering at the Coat Drive:

      • November Set Up: Saturday, November 21 from 8:30am – 11:00am

      • November Distribution: Saturday, November 21 from 11:00am – 2:00pm

      • January Set Up: Saturday, January 16 from 8:30am – 11:00am

      • January Distribution: Saturday, January 16 from 11:00am – 2:00pm

      • Sign up here!