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Saint Andrew Christmas Novena


Hail and blessed be the hour and moment

in which the Son of God was born

of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight,

in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.

In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer

and grant my desires,

through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ,

and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is often called simply the "Christmas Novena" or the "Christmas Anticipation Prayer," because it is prayed 15 times every day from the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (November 30) until Christmas. The First Sunday of Advent is the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saint Andrew.

The novena is not actually addressed to Saint Andrew but to God Himself, asking Him to grant our request in the honor of the birth of His Son at Christmas. You can say the prayer all 15 times, all at once; or divide up the recitation as necessary (perhaps five times at each meal).

Prayed as a family, the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is a very good way to help focus the attention of your children on the Advent season.

A word of Thanks...

for your kindness and generosity at Thanksgiving.  Your donations of food helped to feed many, many needy families.  Sisters Arleen McCann and Rita Martin expressed their gratitude to the ELC, PREP and Junior School for their donations of food to help the families served by the Saint Gabriel Food Cupboard.  They were able to help so many because of you.  Our senior school students helped prepare bags of food for Thanksgiving dinner for many more.

May God continue to bless you for your kindness.


Children’s scholarship is accepting NEW applications for students in grades K-8.  Scholarships are for low-income Philadelphia children to help provide financial assistance.

You may request an application form from the Senior School Office (215-467-5338) or go online at Deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2015.  Please follow directions carefully.  Our families who are awarded scholarship opportunities will be notified by mail in mid-March.

Looking Ahead

December 5
School Mass 8:30 AM
Diocesan Visit

December 6
Dickens of a Murder Mystery - tickets will not be sold at the door.
                Contact Yvonne for tickets.

December 6-7
Eighth Grade Poinsettia Sale after all Masses
Parents and 8th graders to unload the truck at 7:00 AM on Sunday.
Family Mass all 10:00 AM Grades 3 to 5 
Breakfast with Santa 9:30 AM

December 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Holyday of Obligation - Go to Mass, no school for students

December 9
Report cards

December 12
Faculty Meeting 11:30 Dismissal

Eighth Grade Reminders

Reminder that photos for the graduation video are past due.  Please submit them to school immediately using the padded envelope that was provided by Karen LoMaistro.  Don't miss out on having your child in the video, we must begin creating the video by Christmas.

Reminder about Clearances

If you plan to volunteer in any capacity for us here at St. Monica school, you must have the necessary clearances. Please visit the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Child and Youth Protection website for clearance requirements and links to necessary forms using the following link: