From the Desk of the Superintendent- Christmas Message

It is hard to imagine that we are about to start Christmas vacation. Although, given the excitement of our students and probably some staff (me included), this last week has seemed to drag on! But it is here! The first four months of the school year have flown by and when we meet again in the new year, we will be in 2017!

Although I didn’t get to all of our schools these past couple of weeks, (I did manage 6 turkey dinners though) I’m in schools enough to be very grateful for all the work you do. I’m thankful for the commitment to the journey of Advent and the Christmas season. As a Catholic Christian community, we acknowledge that Christmas is about Christ. It is not about happy holidays or crowds at the mall or even finding that perfect gift; It is about that tiny baby! That message is always evident in our schools. But I’m also proud of the love, care and attention provided to our students and their families by you, the staff of Holy Spirit! There are so many kind gestures that go on behind the scenes, so much time taken outside of the normal day and so many prayers provided without much recognition. To all of you, my very sincere thanks!

Christmas will be extra special this year for the Smeaton household as we will celebrate our grandson’s first Christmas. They say that something happens to you when you become a grandparent and it is not easily explained but rather needs to be experienced. All I can say is that simply I’ve been blessed with so many good fortunes in my life, and becoming a grandparent is certainly one of my greatest blessings.

img_3594I’m also aware that there are some in our community who will not have the same joyous experience this Christmas. Strains in relationships, illness, tragedy or other events sometimes leave individuals and families wishing that the season would never arrive or be over as quickly as possible. For those, I humbly offer my prayers that God may heal your heart and bring comfort in your sorrow.

And so as you begin your holidays, I pray that the Christ child born over 2000 years ago continues to live in your heart. May you experience of unconditional love of Christ during this season and may God bless you and your family in 2017.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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    • James Setoguchi on December 22, 2016 at 9:00 PM
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    Thanks for those kind words it means alot to me. Thanks for being a great person and friend.
    Go leafs go!

    1. Thanks James- we are so very fortunate to have you part of the Holy Spirit team.

    • Laurie Reeder on December 22, 2016 at 9:32 PM
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    God bless you and yours as well! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Enjoy your holidays with that awesome grandson. He’s so cute!!

    Laurie Reeder

    1. Thanks Laurie! It will be a wonderful Christmas with Carter and I agree…he is so cute!!!

    • Daphne Sander on December 23, 2016 at 8:13 AM
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    I loved your recognition of those who are suffering this Christmas season. How thoughtful! I too will pray for them. Enjoy that precious ‘first’ of your grandson’s first Christmas, though he’ll probably be wondering why everyone is fussing over him!!

    1. Thanks Daphne! It is sometimes easy to forget the struggles of others especially at this time but we must continue to offer extra prayers and attention to support. Have a joyous Christmas and enjoy the rest!

    • Jenn on December 23, 2016 at 9:36 AM
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    Merry Christmas to you and your family Chris! I truly appreciate your leadership – sense of humor – and spiritual nourishment…not just at Christmas, but every day. Looking forward to what 2017 brings! Again, all the best!

    1. Thanks Jenn for the kind words! Laughter is always the best medicine and prayer the greatest support! Enjoy your Christmas and best wishes in 2017!

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