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Advent: A Season of Anticipation at BSM

Advent: A Season of Anticipation at BSM
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As the BSM community enters the month of December, the campus ministry team shared a note with students and families about the importance of spending the season of Advent in anticipation for Christmas.

They write, "We likely notice the many sounds and sights of Christmas in society. Yet, as a Catholic school, we are just beginning to enter the season of Advent. For Catholics, this is a time when we joyfully, and with a spirit of hope, anticipate the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who humbled Himself by becoming a human child.

"We believe that Jesus did this with an unimaginable love for us, and the days leading up to Christmas are a time of preparation to receive Jesus into our hearts on Christmas Day. In this way, Advent is not a celebration but a time of anticipation.

"At BSM, we have a variety of ways students and families can enter this anticipation as a community:

  • Special prayers of Advent will be read during the daily morning announcements.
  • On Friday, Dec. 1, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available for all students to participate in, as we welcome over a dozen local priests. This is a beautiful way to make room in our hearts for Jesus by leaving behind anything holding us back from a full relationship with Jesus. Students of other faith traditions will also have the opportunity to speak with a priest or spend time in meditation.
  • The celebration of Mass will take place three times during Advent:
    • Next Friday, Dec. 8, we will honor the Virgin Mary with a special Mass, celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. We invite BSM parents to join us to celebrate this important event as family here, beginning at 9:20 a.m.
    • On Wednesday, Dec. 13, Mass will be offered during 6th period (11:20 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.) for students who want a midday opportunity for praying to and worshiping Jesus.
    • On Tuesday, Dec. 19, just before school winds down for the Christmas break, a closing Advent Mass will be celebrated for the entire school community, beginning at 9:20 a.m. BSM parents are again invited to join the community for this special Mass.

Additionally, the BSM campus ministry team has gathered a variety of resources for those interested in adding Advent prayers or devotions into their family or daily routines this season.

The campus ministry team invites parents and guardians to reach out with any questions or thoughts about Advent and thanks our families for their prayerful support of students' faith journeys, and especially for being part of the BSM community.

The BSM campus ministry team includes Nick Brady, director of faith and mission, Mike Jeremiah, campus minister, and Peg Hodapp, service-learning coordinator, campus minister, and mission animator.

Learn more about the Campus Ministry program at BSM.


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Benilde-St. Margaret's (BSM) is a Catholic, co-educational private prep school for grades 7–12 located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, that draws its over one thousand students from throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

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