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When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. – Leviticus 19:33-34
The Catholic Bishops of our state have designated Sunday, January 7th, the Feast of the Epiphany as Immigration Sunday MN. Let us recognize our brothers and sisters that have fled to our country, carrying with them the traumas of poverty, war, and more. Let us also recognize how those very things can make them more vulnerable to human traffickers. As we celebrate all lives being precious to God, we can make a difference in the lives of others this season. Please join us as we continue to gather needed resources with other parishes and Religious communities to support the efforts of Breaking Free, an organization that assists sex trafficking survivors in our Metro area.
On January 7th, the Feast of the Nativity, Annunciation Parish will join with Catholic churches throughout Minnesota in a postcard campaign in support of the “Dreamers”, persons brought by their parents as small children to the United States. This is the only country they have ever known, yet they live under the threat of deportation.
Through their postcard campaign, our US and Minnesota Bishops are calling on us to support their protection from deportation. Annunciation will have a postcard campaign of contacting our senators and representatives, on the weekend of January 6-7, with prepared postcards and contact information available in every pew. You can also send an electronic postcard to the MN legislators.
Learn more about what the Church teaches about Immigration issues.
12/23/2017 AYM SH School Year Programing
SH LARGE GROUP
When: 1st Sunday of the month, November ‘17 - March ‘18, 7pm-8:30pm
Who: Senior High Youth (Grade 9 - 12)
Where: Youth Room
11/5, 12/3, 2/4*, 3/4 *Super Bowl Party
When: 1st Monday of the month, October ‘17 - March ‘18, 7:30pm-10:00pm
What: Package meals at Feed My Starving Children
Who: Senior High Youth (Grades 9-12)
Where: Meet in the Youth Room
Permission Slip: Register online.
10/2, 11/6, 12/4, 2/5, 3/5
12/23/2017 “God is God with us, God who loves us, God who walks with us.” – Pope Francis, January 5, 2014
In speaking of the mystery of the Incarnation, Pope Francis goes on to say, “Jesus’ birth, then, shows us that God wanted to unite himself to every man and woman, to each one of us, to communicate his life and his joy.”
During the Advent and Christmas seasons, we are invited in a special way, to focus our appreciation on the wonderful mystery of the Incarnation. We are also invited to find Jesus Incarnate especially among the poor and all whose human dignity has been compromised in any way. As their needs become clear to us, we are called to respond in whatever way we can.
12/22/2017 Middle School Award Winners - December
Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for December
12/22/2017 Middle School Student Ambassadors
Introducing the Annunciation Catholic School Student Ambassadors
We are proud to share with you the ambassadors for the 2017-18 school year. The Annunciation Ambassador program seeks to celebrate students who are a positive force in their school and community lives. These students live the Annunciation School Mission and Philosophy to its fullest and represent the best Annunciation has to offer. We honor our social, academic, and spiritual development. The Annunciation Middle School Ambassadors commit to making a strong positive impact on these and other facets of our community life.
12/22/2017 What the World Needs Now
Our Christmas program touched the hearts of those who joined us for the performances this past week. Under the new direction of Miss Lorissa Letwin, the students shared their talents and brought forth the Christmas spirit as we heard the story of the birth of Jesus. With over 25 years of beloved Christmas performances, we realize what a gift this is to our school – students, staff, families and community! It was wonderful to see this tradition continue, with new additions, to help us welcome Jesus at Christmas time. This truly is a celebration of God’s gifts to us and of the Christmas season to come.
An Interfaith Service: Embracing Immigrants and Refugees. Please join us!
Where: Basilica of St. Mary
When: Sunday, January 7th, interfaith service from 1:00 to 2:00pm with refreshments following
What: Through testimony, prayer and music, we will recognize our common bond and dignity as beloved children of God.
No need to scramble for parking at the Basilica - let’s take the bus!
Our bus will leave the Annunciation parking lot at 12:15 and return by 3:00pm. Our drop off and pick up will be near the Basilica elevator.
No charge but a free will offering for transportation will be most appreciated.
To reserve a place on the bus call or email Sr. Sue: email@example.com, 612-824-9993x251.
In this Season of the Incarnation, we focus our thoughts on those who are dear to us with greetings and gift giving. Let us also seek the face of Jesus among those who are most poor and vulnerable.
12/16/2017 The People You Have Helped This Past Year
There are many people who would like to say thanks to you if only they had the opportunity to do so. One of the things that happens frequently at Annunciation is that people who have fallen on hard times come to the parish door seeking various kinds of help. Because of your generosity in donating to our special collections at both Christmas and Easter each year, we have the funds to provide some much needed help in the form of food and gas gift cards as well as bus tokens.
12/15/2017 AYM-JH School Year Programming
JH Awareness in Action
When: First Wednesday of the month, October ‘17 - May ‘18, 2:45pm-5:30pm
Who: Junior High Youth (Grade 7 & 8)
Where: Meet in the Youth Room
*Prime time: 5:00pm-8:40pm time slot
Registration: Sign up online
10/4 - FMSC
11/1 - Bridging
12/6 - Mount Olivet Nursing Home
2/7 - Safe Hands Animal Rescue
3/7 - Ascension Place* (Prime Time)
5/2 - HCMC Food Shelf
No AIA in January or April.
12/15/2017 Christmas Program 2017
This year’s Christmas program, “What the World Needs Now” is here!
We are so blessed at Annunciation School to have a renowned and treasured Creative Arts program that develops confidence and skills, along with a pride for each student. Alumni and friends remember participating in the Christmas program with share stories years later. It is truly a special event.
Performances will begin on Wednesday, December 20 at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday, December 21 at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Because this is such a popular event, we have many guests attending. As a reminder, with the large crowds for each performance, we ask you to note the following:
12/15/2017 The Mirandola Ensemble Concert
We invite you to The Mirandola Ensemble concert on Monday, December 18th at Annunciation Church at 7:30pm.
The concert, an exciting collaboration with the Chesterton Academy Chamber Choir, will feature the motets and carols of Renaissance greats Orlando di Lasso, Hans Leo Hassler, and Johannes Eccard; as well as early American shape note and Shaker songs; and music of 20th century composers Phillip Lawson, Alice Parker, and Mitchell Southall. Download the flyer.
$15 tickets are available at the door and all students are free.
12/15/2017 Teachers are Always Learning
Today several of our elementary teachers took on the role of student. Their inquiries centered around when students interact with books before they can read conventionally.
Our teachers learned how to create classroom conditions and provide literacy opportunities that are inviting, child-centered, and considerate of all young children, no matter who they are as readers or what they can do with books.
The also explored how young children's interactions with any book count as real reading, whether or not they can read the words. When we view children as readers and nurture what they're doing before they can read conventionally, we're helping them develop healthy reading habits and identities as well as a disposition toward meaning making and joyful engagement with all books.
12/15/2017 Troop 103 Christmas Gift
As the advisor for the Annunciation Student Council, I want to thank Troop 103 for the generous donation of a Christmas tree. The tree sits in the south foyer. This week all the students gathered together with their buddies to make ornaments for the school tree.
The Student Council members came up with this idea. All the teachers love it and all the kids are excited to decorate with DIY ornaments.
Thank you for making this fun, community- building activity possible.
Middle School Language Arts Teacher
12/14/2017 Annunciation Awakening Retreat
Annunciation Church welcomes you to join us for our biannual retreat called “Annunciation Awakening Retreat” on March 16-18, 2018. At the retreat you will learn more about God the Father’s tremendous love for you and help you establish and deepen your personal relationship with Christ.
Come away with us to be with Jesus and experience God’s abiding love for you.
12/13/2017 2nd and 3rd grade Basketball Registration
The basketball season starts the first week after Christmas break for 2nd & 3rd graders. Games will be on Saturday mornings and afternoons. If your child is interested in playing, please fill out the registration form and return payment to school.
12/11/2017 Early Catholic Family Life
Early Catholic Family Life/ECFL is an opportunity for families who have small children 5 years old and younger, to get to know each other and explore ways to have their Catholic Faith come alive in the midst of their busy family lives. The two hours for our families to come together begin with individual family time and activities for families to do together. During the 2nd hour the children have their own experience of supervised play and interaction while the parents gather for prayer, conversation and sharing around a particular Faith topic relevant to their family lives. Download the program flyer.
We live in times of increased awareness that freedom has not yet come to all of our brothers and sisters. Slavery continues today in the form of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a public health, public safety, and human rights violation that occurs in communities throughout Minnesota and around the world.
12/09/2017 St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive
St Vincent de Paul stores serve a valuable role in the community by providing affordable clothing. However, the quality and variety of clothing isn’t always a good match for St Vincent de Paul’s client base. Anthony Palmer, an Annunciation alumni, is working on a project to change the donation experience by setting up sites in several local churches, including Annunciation.
12/08/2017 Be Kind
Part of the IB program is to develop essential agreements throughout the school. Instead of just creating lists of rules, we work with students to get their input on what we can do together to make our school the best place to learn and grow. We have essential agreements for classrooms, hallways, auditorium, drinking fountains, recess, middle school and more, that we have created together.
12/08/2017 A St. Peter Claver Thank You
With the arrival of our new Promethean boards this year, Annunciation was able to pass along the working Smartboards to St. Peter Claver Catholic School. We received this thank you note and felt it should be passed on to you!
“A picture says a thousand words, doesn’t it? Thank you again for the Smartboards. They are in use every day.”
12/08/2017 4th Graders Taking Action
Two fourth grade students were very motivated by their first IB unit of inquiry, Who We Are. As part of this government-focused unit, students chose an issue they were passionate about and wrote letters to leaders who could help.
The Reading Without Walls Challenge promotes diversity and opens readers' eyes to new ideas and experiences. Reading without walls is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others - and to learn new and exciting things!
12/08/2017 Order Online for Barnes & Noble Bookfair
What a GREAT night at Barnes & Noble Galleria for the Bookfair! Thank you for braving the 1st bad weather day to support Annunciation and all these enthusiastic readers.
If you missed the Bookfair, you can join the fundraiser by purchasing books online and using this code at checkout: bookfair ID #12213203.
12/08/2017 Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale
Join us for the Christmas Boutique and All Parish Bake Sale: A time for family and friends!
Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12/06/2017 Pancakes With Saint Nicholas
Join us for a fun family event at Annunciation Church on Sunday, December 17th.
Saint Nicholas will make a special appearance after 9:30am mass! Come have pancakes to benefit Annunciation Youth Ministry and visit with our favorite holiday saint.
12/01/2017 Middle School IB Award Winners - November
Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for November!
12/01/2017 Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge
The Annunciation library proudly presents the Maud Hart Lovelace Challenge for 2017-2018!
Readers in grades 3-8th are invited to read the Maud Hart Lovelace Award nominated books, contribute their thoughts on the titles selected and join a reader’s celebration in April. All students have access to the nominated titles here in the Annunciation library.
Every year the members of the Minnesota Youth Reading Association choose books of different reading levels and genres. Schools are invited to be a part of the reading challenge and the students vote for their favorite. The winners in both divisions are announced every year on Maud Hart Lovelace’s birthday, April 25th at the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul. The last few years there have been over 20,000 students voting!
This is optional. Students are not required to be a part of the reading challenge. It is another great way to encourage reading for pleasure and a chance to introduce them to a genre they may not typically read.
12/01/2017 Continuing Along the IB Pathway
It is an exciting time at Annunciation Catholic School. We are in the 3rd year as a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Students and teachers continue to grow in our experience of inquiry education and how to make learning meaningful and real.
We have applied for authorization and hope to have a visit this spring. As we get closer to the visit, we will keep you up to date and continue to share why this type of education is so important for our students and why we are working so hard to bring this to life at Annunciation. Hopefully, you see changes and connections in your children through our work, too. Feel free to share any insights or stories from home. We love to hear how this impacts students.