December 17, 2018



As we continue our journey through Advent there are many customs people follow such as having an Advent Wreath, an Advent Calendar and a Jesse Tree. There are also special prayers called the " O Antiphons" which will be prayed beginning December 17th and continue to be prayed for the next seven days. In these prayers, we call Jesus by seven titles. The seven verses of the song "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" are based on these prayers.

On the 17th of December we begin calling Jesus O Wisdom, and continue to call Jesus "Adonai" , O Sacred Lord, O Flower of the root of Jesse, O Key of David, O Radiant Dawn, O King of all nations and O Emmanuel. These are the Ancient prayers of the Church. 

On December 21st Winter begins. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. We are as far from the sun as we ever get. In the United States, there will be less than nine hours of daylight. However, from December 21st until June 21st, the days will get longer and longer. 

There is always good news and our good news is to continue our good works that we promised God we would do during Advent.  

Please continue to pray for Fr. Mink. He is doing well.

Continue to pray for Michael Dadd, Ms. Carmen, Baby William Kelley and all the sick of our parish. 

Please pray for our Armed Forces and First Responders. 


Sheila O'Callaghan

School Notes:

Annual Fund: Your gift to the Annual Fund will strengthen St. Ann’s School. While St. Ann’s carefully allocates its resources, it cannot be sustained by tuition alone. Please show your faith in the future of our students and school by making a year-end contribution to the annual giving fund.  Click here for more information.

Family Christmas Caroling: is on Sunday, December 16 from 6 pm-8 pm, weather permitting. The organizers will send out a message by 4 pm if the event is canceled due to weather. No rain date. 

School Christmas Concert: The concert begins at 1:15 pm on Wednesday, December 19 in the Social Hall. The students will see all the performances in the morning dress rehearsal so please do not pull siblings out of class to watch the afternoon show with you. We hope that you will plan on staying for the whole show, but if you must leave early, please do so discreetly and do not ask the school to dismiss your children early. We will have regular 3:00 pm dismissal on this day; there will be no early dismissals except in extenuating circumstances that have been communicated to the school office prior to Wednesday.

Father Daughter Dance: Save the date! The Special Someone/Father Daughter Dance will be held on the evening of Saturday, April 13. This is the second year for this fun event; you don't want to miss it! More information to follow in the new year. 


Alumni News:

Alumni Meet & Greet: Spread the word! Alumni Meet & Greet on Saturday, January 26 at 6:30 pm at Dead Presidents 618 N. Union St. Wilmington, DE 19805. Sign up here.


Seams and Dreams: No Seams and Dreams next Monday, December 17.

4-H Club: The 4-H Club will meet on December 19 from 3PM-4PM. The fee for the 4-H Club is $20 per student to cover the cost of supplies, projects and snacks for the year. Please return the fee, cash only please, in an envelope with your child's name on it attention Miss O. Fees are due as soon as possible. 

Report Cards: Report cards went home in Friday folders on December 14.  

Star Reports: Students will finish the second administration of Star Math and Reading online testing this week. The parent reports were included with their report cards on December 14. No need to sign and return; these reports are yours to keep. 

Family Christmas Caroling: Sunday, December 16. Let us know if you plan to join the fun through Sign up Genius.

School Christmas Concert: on Wednesday, December 19. The concert begins at 1:15 PM in the Social Hall. No early dismissals during the show without advance notification prior to Wednesday.

Casual Day: Friday, December 21: The monthly opportunity to wear casual clothes is an incentive to contribute to the missions. Please remember that students who opt to wear casual clothes on this day should give at least $1 for the missions. Pretzels will not be served due to the Mass, assembly and noon dismissal. 

Honors Assembly will be on December 21 at 11:00 am. 

Christmas Break: Christmas break begins Friday, December 21. There is a noon dismissal that day and NO AFTER CARE. 

More Useful Information

2019-2020 Tuition Assistance Information: The Diocese is now accepting tuition assistance applications for the 2019-2020 school year. To be considered a parent must submit an application online to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. The deadline to submit the application is March 4, 2019. A letter and  detailed instructions was sent home in the Friday Folder. A copy of that information is attached here.  

Ulster Project Delaware 2019: Ulster Project Delaware (UPD) is currently seeking adventuresome applicants, aged 14 -16, for its 43rd annual month-long peace and leadership project in July 2019. American teens and their families host Protestant and Catholic teens from Northern Ireland as they seek to learn tolerance, build understanding, and gain lifelong friendships. All teens participate in day trips to NYC, DC, Philadelphia, Hershey Park, and the beach; service projects; leadership and team building events; visits to various places of worship; and fun local outings. The cost is minimal and the experience is priceless! Applications are now being accepted. Visit for more information and email any questions to or call Ruth Langrehr at 302.893.1878. 
Special Early Registration for Padua Middle School Summer Camp Program: We are opening registration early for all Padua families for Summer Camp 2019. Follow this link to sign up. If you have any questions about the new Summer Camp program, please contact us at

150th Anniversary of our Diocese: Order your books now in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of our Diocese! See the attached flyer here! They make great presents for everyone in your family!  

2018-2019 St. Ann School Calendar: Attached here is the current school year list calendar. Please be aware that some dates are subject to change and revisions will be communicated to families. 

2018/2019 Diocesan Calendar: Attached here is the Diocesan School Calendar for the 2018-2019 school year. The St. Ann School specific calendar which includes additional days off and noon dismissals is now available on our website calendar. The printable detailed calendar is attached above.












Calendar Events
  • December 2018
    • WedDec19 Christmas Concert 1:15 PM
    • FriDec21 Casual Day Pretzels will not be sold 
    • FriDec21 Christmas Holiday begins Noon Dismissal- No After Care available
    • MonDec24 Christmas Holiday No School
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