17. December, 2021Weekly Buzz

At Mass this morning our students heard the beginning of the Gospel according to Matthew in which the genealogy of Jesus Christ was listed over 42 generations, thereby giving them an idea of how long the faithful were preparing, and today also marks the beginning of the “O Antiphons” of Advent proclaiming Christ’s coming over the next seven days (click here for the link).  So with this backdrop and since the next Buzz will be in January after Epiphany, on behalf of all the faculty and staff of Saint Bernadette School along with Monsignor Smith and the rectory staff, today I wish you and your family a Blessed Christmas and Glorious New Year!  


Many of my cherished childhood Christmas memories included singing carols at Christmas Eve Mass with snow often falling outside.  My favorite remains “O Holy Night” and I think that song holds strong importance again this year because we still encounter a “weary world” following several challenging months of keeping our students healthy and prospering in the classrooms. Yet, our faith reminds us to trust in Divine Providence at Christmastime and to greet it like the “thrill of hope” it is.


This is my simple prayer for everyone at Christmas: Rejoice in the promise of Christmas, which is the Resurrection.  Embrace the love and peace of Christ and share it with others as we counter the challenges of the weary world by spreading the thrill of hope.  May God bless you this Christmas and always.  


In His service,

Mr. Ewanciw


O Holy Night

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.


Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!

O night divine, O night when Christ was born!

O night divine, O night, O night divine!


Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,

With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.

So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,

Here come the wise men from the Orient land.

The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;

In all our trials born to be our friend.


He knows our need, to our weaknesses no stranger,

Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!


Truly He taught us to love one another;

His law is love and His gospel is peace.

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;

And in His name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

Let all within us praise His holy name.


Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

His power and glory evermore proclaim.



Important Dates    

December 20         Christmas Store–TBD

December 22        Free TAG Day!  Wear your Christmas Best.

December 23-31   NO SCHOOL–Christmas Break

January 3               Free TAG Day!  Wear something from Christmas.

January 6               Epiphany

January 6              TAG Day St. Camillus Food Pantry $1 donation recommended

January 22             ECHO Dinner to benefit Fund-A-Scholar


Christmas Mass Schedule    

Christmas Eve at 5:00 p.m. for Children with Choir, 9:00 and Midnight

Christmas Day at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Click here for more information.


Travel Guidance for the Holidays

Travel increases your chance of exposure and spread of COVID-19. The CDC continues to request that travel be delayed until a person is fully vaccinated. Please see below for travel requirements for this upcoming holiday season: 

  • If your child is NOT fully vaccinated and travels outside of Maryland and its adjacent jurisdictions,      they must get a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of returning and self-quarantine while awaiting results. 

  • If your child is NOT fully vaccinated and travels outside of the continental USA, they must get a COVID-19 PCR test within 3-5 days of returning and they should be quarantined for a full 7 days after traveling (even if they test negative!). 

  • If your child is fully vaccinated and travels anywhere within the continental United States, they are not required to test or quarantine but they should still self-monitor for symptoms for up to 14 days after traveling.

  • If your child is fully vaccinated and travels outside of the continental USA, they are not required to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic but they must still get a COVID-19 PCR test within 3-5 days of returning and they should still self-monitor for symptoms for up to 14 days post-travel.


Greater Love Builds Bridge with Books

Thank you to all who donated books or money to help ensure that the students of St. Francis International School have reading materials at home to enjoy during Christmas break and beyond! On Monday, 30 bags of donated books — approximately 500 books in all — were delivered to the school, and Tuesday’s tag day generated $375.25 to further support the school’s fund for books to gift to the students. Additionally, on Friday morning, a few SBS parents and students helped distribute the books to the students at the invitation of the school librarian.