The holiday season is here!
Please make note of the following opportunities to give, pray and celebrate as we share Thanksgiving and Christmas joy with our extended Saints Joseph and Francis Xavier family. Questions may be directed to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com.
SHOWCASE HOLIDAY PRE-AUCTION, December 5th-18th
SSJFX WOMEN’S CLUB WREATH SALE, December 7th, 8th & 14th
The SSJFX Women’s Club will offer Christmas wreaths for sale following masses on December 7th and 8th in St. Joseph Church and Wake Up Santa on December 14th on the SJ campus. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.DOWNLOAD A FLYER
8TH GRADE CLASS FUNDRAISER, December 8th & 12th
Please support our 8th grade students as they work to raise money toward a class gift directed to sharing parish Imaculee Conception in Galette Chambon, Haiti. Money raised through their efforts will allow the parish to relocate the grist mill, a past SFX 8th grade class gift that is a primary source of income for the community, to inside the newly constructed school walls where it may be operated safely. 8th graders will offer two opportunities to support this cause: Haitian Christmas ornaments will be sold after masses in SFX Church on Sunday, December 8th and a bake sale will be held at 3:10pm dismissal on December 12th on the school plaza. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPE, December 12th-13th at St. Francis Xavier School (Register by December 10th)
SFX invites students in grades K-8 to “shop” for modestly priced gifts for family members at the Christmas Shoppe on December 12th and 13th. Register your students by December 10th through the link below indicating the number of gifts/family members they will shop for, and then visit the school store to pay for the total due to the Shoppe. Gifts are wrapped by HSO volunteers and will be ready to place under the tree! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer.REGISTER YOUR STUDENT VOLUNTEER AT THE SHOPPE
FACULTY & STAFF CHRISTMAS GIFT, Donations accepted through December 13th
Every year school parents are invited to donate toward a faculty Christmas bonus. This cash gift is distributed equally to all teachers and staff and provides an excellent opportunity to share holiday joy with all of the specials teachers, custodians, office staff and others who make a difference in your child’s life. This is an optional “gift” opportunity and donations are accepted in the school office through December 13th. Contact email@example.com with questions.DONATE HERE
WAKE UP SANTA!, December 14th from 8-10am in the St. Joseph School Cafeteria
Come dressed in your pajamas and enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa at St. Joseph School! Christmas crafts and photos with Santa are included. Parents and students in 8th grade and up are needed! If you are able to volunteer, please contact Dana McKenna in the Saints Joseph and Francis Xavier parish office at 847/251-3734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.DOWNLOAD A FLYER
BLESSING OF NATIVITY INFANTS, December 14th and 15th
According to tradition, Roman children bring their “infants” (statues of Baby Jesus) to St. Peter’s Square this third Sunday of Advent to be blessed by the Pope before being placed in their home nativity scenes. School families are invited to bring their statues of Baby Jesus to Mass for a special blessing before placing them in your nativity scene at home. Blessing of Nativity infants happens Saturday, December 14th at 5pm Mass at both St. Joseph and St. Francis Xavier, and again on Sunday, December 15th at 9:30am at St. Francis Xavier, and at 8am & 10:30am at St. Joseph.
SFX EARLY CHILDHOOD & FIRST GRADE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT, December 16th at 10am in St. Francis Xavier Church (note this location has moved from the Gym to the Church)
Join Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade students for festive carols and the Kindergarten’s re-enactment of the nativity. All are welcome in the church for a performance that’s sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. Contact email@example.com for more information.
SFX SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CONCERT, December 17th at 6pm in the Gym
Students in 2nd through 8th grades present a Christmas concert open to all school families. Concert band and Beginning band will also join in this performance. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM, December 18th at 10am in the SJ Gym
Join the St. Joseph School Community for an Early Childhood Christmas program in the SJS Gym on December 18th. All are welcome! SJS students will sing and celebrate the story of Christmas. Contact email@example.com with questions.
FOLLOW THE STAR, December 20th at 12pm on the SFX School Plaza
A favorite SFX tradition for decades, Follow the Star invites the entire school community, escorted by the Wilmette Police Department, as we journey through the neighborhood surrounding our school campus in search of the Christ Child. Students travel with teachers while families, alumni, parishioners and friends follow singing carolls, listening to readings, and marveling at the discovery of Baby Jesus hidden away in a manger (otherwise known as an SFX family’s garage). Join us as we Follow the Star together and rediscover the magic of Christmas! Meet on the plaza to await the Magi beginning at 12pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
CHILDREN’S PAGEANT (AGES 5-18), December 24th at 3pm Mass at St. Joseph Church
Saints Joseph and Francis Xavier Parish invites all parish children interested in participating in the re-enactment of Jesus’ birth during Christmas Eve mass at St. Joseph Church to contact Dana McKenna in the parish office at 847/251-3734 with questions. Several rehearsals are scheduled.DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM FOR SJ CHURCH
FIRST GRADERS CHRISTMAS PAGEANT, December 24th at 3pm Mass at SFX Church
All first graders from SSJFX parish are invited to help bring the Christmas scene to life at the 3pm Christmas Eve liturgy at St. Francis Xavier Church. A half pew is reserved for the families of students who participate. Watch for information to follow from the parish regarding two rehearsals in the days leading up to Mass and contact email@example.com with questions.DOWNLOAD A LETTER WITH LINK TO REGISTER