Advent Novena at St. Justin School
Advent is a time of giving. Following Jesus’ teaching from Matthew 25, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me”, St. Justin School students hosted a daily prayer service (Advent Novena) and collected items for families in need in their community. For each day of the nine day Novena, students collected specific items: new coats and jackets, socks, blankets and sleeping bags; games, scarves, hats, gloves, toiletries, toys, and books. The Novena concluded with the Kindergarten class reenactment of the Nativity.
Also during the first weeks of Advent, St. Justin School parent volunteers, through the Project Cornerstone ABC readers program, read the book Big by Coleen Paratore. “Big” illustrates how children can take small steps to achieve big outcomes at home, school and community. After the book was read, each class from Kindergarten through fifth grade, made “tie” blankets. Each child tied one knot in the blanket, which eventually crafted a whole blanket. The children learned that while it is true that they only did something small by simply tying a knot, the whole blanket would be able to cover and keep a child warm this winter season. This small action created a greater outcome.
These hand-made blankets were then donated to the Advent Novena, which made the process even more special! All of the items collected from during the Novena will be distributed through the St. Justin Community Ministry Program.