Judge announces 2012 festive season observances

Judge Memorial Catholic High School observes the festive season, running from November through the New Year, in a variety of traditional and non-traditional ways. With most projects coordinated by our students with assistance from faculty advisors, students invite alumni, families, parents, and friends to participate in any or all events as we prepare as a community for the coming of the Lord Jesus this Christmas.

"As we celebrate the holidays of November and December, these observances and projects are a meaningful way for all of us to show our appreciation and gratitude, and to reflect on the true meaning of the season," said Luke Stager, Campus Minister and Director of Activities.

The Judge Memorial Catholic High School students, faculty and staff began the season of “thanks” and “giving” in late October with a series of observances.

Daily Announcements

Each day's announcements begin with topical prayers and reflections to mark a particular holiday or season, including Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Advent. These are selected by students in Peer Ministry and Student Council in consultation with advisors for those student groups.

Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

Judge Memorial Catholic High School faculty, staff, and students held their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive from Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2. The drive kicked off at the Halloween Dance, which offered $2 off admission to all attendees who brought donated food items. This food drive benefited Catholic Community Services and was coordinated by our 2012-2013 Peer Ministers. The theme for Judge Memorial’s 2012 food drive was “In the Spirit of Giving,” and focused on the beatitude “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.”

All Souls Day and remembrance of deceased loved ones

It is the custom of the Catholic Church to remember our deceased loved ones during the month of November. A Book of Remembrance is available in the Chapel in which members of the Judge community can write the names of deceased loved ones. On Tuesday, November 6, Father Dominic offered a Mass for the deceased mothers of our students, staff, and faculty. On Wednesday, November 7, Father Dominic offered a Mass for the deceased fathers of our students, staff, and faculty. During daily Masses on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning throughout the month of November, special intentions will be offered according to the wishes of attendees. This observance is coordinated by Father Dominic and Dr. Kandie Brinkman.

Veterans Day Observance

Continuing a tradition started in 2009, morning announcements the week of November 5 featured prayers for our veterans, soldiers, and families. Afternoon announcements concluded with special quotes or reflections honoring our veterans. Students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity during the week to a letter to a veteran. These letters were delivered to the Salt Lake City Veterans Hospital in advance of Veterans Day by members of the Student Council. While our students cannot serve their country in the same manner as our veterans and soldiers, they were proud to honor their sacrifice by sharing with the servicemen and women here in our own community. Coordinating the week’s projects were Student Council and Theology department faculty members.

Christ the King Feast Day

Judge Memorial will celebrate “Christ the King” Feast Day with an All School Liturgy on Monday, November 19. Judge Memorial was placed under the patronage of “Christ the King” in 1931 by Bishop John Mitty. The center-point of the Judge Memorial school seal is the shield, or Coast-of-Arms. The left side of the shield illustrated the orb and scepter of a king, the symbols of power bestowed on a ruler. The word basileus comes from the Greek word meaning “King.” On the right side of the shield, we find the liturgical symbol, the Greek Chi (X) and Rho (P), the symbol for Christ. Thus, the shield bears the motto: “Christ the King.”

November Blood Drive

The Student Council holds the annual November blood drive on Tuesday, November 20 in the Judge Memorial Library. All students 16 and older are eligible to donate blood. All parents, faculty, staff and friends are also invited. Alumni are asked to participate in their own communities and to make a difference where they live.

Diocesan Advent Retreat

The Most Reverend John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, has invited all to attend the Diocesan Advent Retreat on December 1 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Draper.

Bulldog Paw Ornaments

In a tradition started in 2009 by Student Council, students, faculty, and staff will once again receive ‘bulldog paw’ ornaments and have the opportunity to decorate the ornaments however they wish – art, poetry, wishes, hopes, digital images. These ornaments are used as part of the decoration installations at Judge for the Advent Season. This project is coordinated by Student Council and the Theology Department.

Door Decorating Contest

An annual tradition at Judge Memorial is the door decorating contest coordinated by Student Council. In previous years, prizes were awarded for best use of Latin, best use of wrapping paper, best use of candy canes, best use of red & green, best use of winter theme 3-D design, most effective use of window clings, best use of Judge mascots, best use of red and gold and best use of Advent Wreath Prayers. This year’s results will be announced no later than December 16.

Gift of the Drummer

The best collective guess of long-time faculty members is that Judge Memorial Catholic High School has participated in a formal sense with giving programs around the Christmas Holidays since at least the late 1970s. The families Judge will serve this year are referred by Catholic Community Services. Those families who qualify register a list of sizes and specific clothing needs for their children at CCS, and Judge students, faculty and staff participate together in this annual holiday project. Alumni were also asked to participate in their own communities and to make a difference where they live. This project is coordinated by our Peer Ministers and runs this year from November 26 through December 7.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Liturgy

Judge Memorial will mark the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on with an All School Liturgy to be held on Friday, December 7.

Annual Winter Music Concert

The Judge Memorial Catholic High School annual Winter Music Concert will be held on Monday, December 10, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Judge Auditorium. The performing groups are Show Choir, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble and Orchestra. The concert is free, but donations are encouraged and much appreciated. This is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and enjoy the inspiring music of our talented Judge students.

Reconciliation Service

Pray with us as our students encounter the Sacrament of Reconciliation on December 14, when various priests of our Diocese will be available to meet with students during their scheduled Theology class. We will gather in Our Lady of Lourdes Church for quiet reflection and prayer.

Annual Winter Dance Concert

The Judge Memorial Catholic High School annual Winter Dance Concert will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Dance Studio. Please join us for a great show in an intimate setting. Admission to the concert is free, but donations are encouraged and much appreciated. Come spend an enjoyable early holiday evening supporting our talented dancers as they put on a show especially for you.

Advent All School Liturgy

This year’s Liturgy will be held on Thursday, December 20, will mark the season of Advent in anticipation of Christmas Day.

Annual Christmas Assembly

Before breaking for the holidays, Judge Memorial will hold their annual Christmas Assembly in the school’s Auditorium on Friday, December 21. This Assembly is organized, planned, and produced by members of Student Council and the Tech Crew.

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