1st Week of Advent – Filled With Hope


Dear HFCS Friends and Families,

Hope, our focus for the first week of Advent. During a tech committee meeting about five years ago, we asked the parents gathered “Why do you send your child to a Catholic school?” I’ll never forget Mike O’Dell’s response, one word – HOPE. Hope, it’s what ties us together as Catholics. It’s what helps us to get up each morning and face the day. Hope. Hope in Christ, hope in our families, hope in our faith. May you be filled with hope this holy season.

Each day this week, let’s start with a focus on hope. Take just a moment to remember that Christ is our light. Pause to pray for hope, joy, and love in our ever changing world.

“Lord, the light I choose to let into my life today is based on my trust in you. It is a weak flame, but I so much desire that it dispel a bit more darkness today. Today, I just want to taste the longing I have for you as I go to the meeting this morning, carry out the responsibilities of my work, face the frustration of some difficult relationships. Let this candle be my reminder today of my HOPE in your coming.”

Remember to take time for prayers as you gather for your evening meal and light the family Advent wreath. Encourage all members of your family to share what this week of Advent has meant to them, how are we all preparing for Christ’s coming.

God bless you and keep you safe.

Pax et bonum,

Sue Styren, M.Ed.