“On behalf of our school community, I’d like to wish all of our students and families continued joy in this Advent season, a restful break, and a Blessed Christmas!” Jason Curtis, Principal Cardinal Gibbons High School
Giving back. It's a tradition at Gibbons, especially during Advent when our school community comes together in joyful celebration of Christ's birth at Christmas. There are many ways, big and small, that we prepare for Christmas. They include:
Participating in special prayer services in the school chapel
Celebrating the Mass of the Immaculate Conception
Attending the Christmas Chorus Concert and the Music Festival
Listening to our students caroling in English and Spanish
Enjoying traditions like the blessing of the Advent wreath display
Taking part in seasonal outreach efforts
Those outreach efforts range from the Gibbons school community donating 9,301 pounds of food and $296 for families in Wake County, and giving 10 refurbished desktop computers to students in Honduras, to collecting $43,900 worth of clothes and toys for 89 children, as well as gifts for 12 teachers, as a result of the annual toy and clothing drive.
This year's toy drive total is the highest ever collected in the history of the event, noted Jenifer Cipriano, math educator and moderator of the National Honor Society, which sponsors the drive, an annual Christmas tradition.
Among its newest traditions, Cardinal Gibbons for the last four years has invited parents and friends to attend an Advent Reflection seminar to "read, study, reflect, share and pray" the Infancy Narratives within the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
For four, sessions on Tuesday evenings in November and December Mark DeLaRosa, Gibbons theology educator, discussed these wonderful accounts of the Nativity Story with the 30 current Gibbons parents, parents of alumni, educators, and friends who registered for the class. Of the seminar, DeLaRosa (right with parents) said: "It is my hope that together all of the participants, including me, will have a better understanding of the original intention of the Infancy Narratives and that will enable us to enter more fully into the Advent and Christmas seasons!"
The seminar did just that for Gibbons parents Kristal and Alan Kypson. "Setting aside this weekly time to really examine Scripture and hear Mr. DeLaRosa teach has been a blessing...," Kristal Kypson said. The class, she added, enabled them to focus their hearts and minds on what is important at this time of year. The couple's daughter, Caroline, is a Gibbons freshman.
Gibbons parent Sue Ann Glower described the seminar as "spiritually enlightening," and said it helped her, "gained a much deeper understanding of the Infancy Narratives of the Gospels of Luke and Matthew..."Her younger daughter, Maria, is a Gibbons senior, and her older daughter, Clare, is a 2011 Gibbons graduate.
Principal Jason Curtis said the Advent Scripture class is a great way for parents the share the same formational opportunities that their children receive at Cardinal Gibbons, as well as a chance for our parent community to grow together in faith. He noted, "It's a blessing to know that our students are learning in an environment that allows them daily to share in the joy of the Advent season, preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus.The Reflection Series offered by Mr. DeLaRosa and our Theology Department gives parents that same opportunity on campus."
Curtis added, "On behalf of our school community, I'd like to wish all of our students and families continued joy in this Advent season, a restful break, and a Blessed Christmas!"