Dec 2010: Christmas Message from Principal Bartman

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December 2, 2010

Dear Judge Memorial Catholic High School Community,

As we begin this Advent season, we wish you all the gift of patience. Patience with the crowds. Patience with the busy-ness. Patience with each other. Patience with yourself. And patience as we wait for the birth of the Christ Child. We wish you the time to prepare your hearts and home for all the rich gifts of this season.

Trying to simplify the season is not easy, but the rewards are great. This month at Judge Memorial, we are collecting gifts for the annual Gift of the Drummer project, an outreach that our students, faculty, and staff embrace with great enthusiasm. We will celebrate Mass, and pray the Rosary. We will focus on the seasons of Advent, Hanukkah, and Christmas through daily reflections. We will sing and dance with joy at the annual Winter Music Concert and Winter Dance Concert. We will welcome home young alums who are back in town and who simply stop in to visit and say hello. We will rejoice in the spirit of the season in these and many other ways, and we will pray for peace in our New Year. When we return in the new year, we will look forward to the week-long celebration of Catholic Schools week. The theme for this year is Catholic Schools – A+ for America. Thank you for believing in Catholic education, for choosing it for your students, and for your support of Judge Memorial.

The students, faculty and staff of Judge Memorial join with Marianne and me in extending our deep gratitude for all you do for Judge, and our wish that you may know the joy, hope, and peace of the Nativity this Christmas Season. We share you with the words of Luke, and hope you find strength in the words of the angel:

Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

To our friends of other faiths, we wish you a Happy Hanukkah, Season's Greetings, a peaceful winter, and the magic and wonder of these glorious weeks. And to all, a happy, safe and restful break.

Together in Christ,

Rick Bartman,