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28th Annual Parent Conference goes virtual 28th Annual Parent Conference goes virtual

28th Annual Parent Conference goes virtual

Save the date!

This year’s 28th annual Parent Conference will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 6:30pm.

Parents/guardians and educators are invited to join presenter Sara Westbrook for a keynote address on “Nurturing Your Child’s Emotional Well-being.” In this virtual presentation, Westbrook will discuss different strategies to help parents/guardians develop resilience and emotional well-being in their children.

The Parent Conference is an annual event hosted by the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board to support parents in their roles as primary educators of their children. The conference is held free of charge.

More details to follow.


Free Virtual Programs

Free Virtual Programs

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Registration is now open for FDK for September 2021.
Please view our Power Point attached for useful information. If you have any questions, please contact the school. We look forward to meeting you and inviting you to the SMTR Catholic School Community.

A letter of invitation from St. Francis Xavier Parish

Advent/Christmas Parish Activities

Advent/Christmas Parish Activities

Advent & Christmas activities and resources for youth and families from St. Francis Xavier Parish

Advent prayer service series
St. Francis Xavier Parish's youth ministry community will be hosting a weekly virtual prayer service for youth and families on the evening of each Sunday of Advent from 7:00-7:30pm over Zoom.
Each week will have a different focus: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love (the gifts symbolized by the 4 candles of the Advent wreath).
Each one will include music, prayer, Scripture, reflection, sharing time, and a personal testimony from a participant about recognizing the 4 gifts in their lives. You are invited to join in each Sunday, or for whichever ones you can make it to. If you would like to participate, please contact Youth Minister Wes Moga (soundofmusic1986@gmail.com) for the Zoom invites and a permission form for student participation.

Christmas Pageant
This year our annual Christmas pageant will be done a little differently! We are very excited to invite individuals and families to participate in helping to create a video version of the Nativity story using photos. Those who would like to participate will dress up as characters from the story and take photo(s) of themselves re-enacting a particular scene.
The photos will be compiled into a video with narrators reading the accompanying passages from Scripture, and the video will premiere on the parish YouTube channel on Christmas Eve!
If you/your child/your family is interested in taking part, please complete this form and return it to our youth minister (preferably by email) by Friday, December 11.
You will be contacted after December 11 regarding roles, scenes, etc. and also provided with a Diocesan media waiver to complete to give the parish permission to use your photos online.
Contact: Wes Moga (Youth Minister) (905) 662-8593 ext. 6 or soundofmusic1986@gmail.com

Advent resources for families
Is your family looking for something to help you stay focused on your faith this Advent? The pariah is happy to share a couple of great resources with you!
1. We have copies of Advent daily devotional booklets that have a short Scripture passage, reflection, and prayer for each day of Advent. These can be mailed out to anyone who would like one. Please email Wes (soundofmusic1986@gmail.com) if you would like to arrange this.
2. We're also pleased to share an online Advent family resource called
the Advent Family Prayer Challenge! Beginning the first Sunday of Advent, you will receive a daily prayer prompt with a reflection on the Antiphon from Evening Prayer and a prayer for your family to pray together. You can sign-up and receive reminders to pray via email or by text message. For more information about the Advent Family Prayer Challenge, please visit: www.52sundays.com/advent-prayer-challenge.

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Advent/Christmas Events at SFX Parish

Advent/Christmas Events at SFX Parish

Please see the attached information regarding some information about two of St. Francis Xavier Parish's annual Advent and Christmas events for students and families! Please contact Wes Moga at SFX Parish should you have any questions.

Advent Family Night


The youth groups will be hosting their annual Advent Family Night on Monday, December 2! All families, whether their children are youth group members or not, are invited to join in to celebrate the start of this beautiful liturgical season. The evening will run from 7:00-8:30pm in the Parish Centre and will include a dramatic presentation by the youth group leaders, music, prayer, a craft, and games. There is no cost to participate. Please contact Wes by Monday, November 25 if you would like to attend.



Christmas Pageant

This Christmas Eve the annual Christmas pageant will be taking place once again at St. Francis Xavier Parish before the celebration of the 5pm Mass! The pageant is a short silent play about the birth of Jesus. This year there will also be a new addition to the evening – the story of St. Boniface and the first Christmas tree, written by our own Fr. Claude, which will precede the pageant itself.

Students in Grades 3 – 7 are invited to sign up as readers and actors, and will also have the opportunity to take part in the Mass as readers and gift bearers. Rehearsals will start at the beginning of December. The permission form is attached, and is also available at the parish office and the letter trays in the parish lobby. The form must be returned to the parish office by Friday, December 6. Please encourage your children to consider being part of the pageant this year and sharing their talents with the church community as we celebrate the birth of our Savior together!!



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