Advent means arrival. In the season of Advent, the church prepares to celebrate the coming of Jesus. We recall the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future with hope. We prepare to celebrate not only the birth of Jesus but his presence in our family. We wait for the return of the Lord at the end of time when all hope will be fulfilled. We await the coming of the light that will shine in the darkness, shining light on our path to peace. The video below was created by the De La Salle Christian Brothers of the Midwest District to help us remember -- and share with others -- what the Advent Liturgical season is all about.

Throughout Advent, Totino-Grace will offer a variety of opportunities for students and staff:

Advent Wreath Blessing: Monday, December 2, during all school convocation

Advent Giving Tree: Our annual Giving Tree fundraiser is focused on collecting gifts for kids, specifically teenagers, who live at Mary's Place in Minneapolis. There are 420 kids currently living there. The Giving Tree will be in the front entrance hallway with ornaments on it that contain a specific item to be purchased and brought back to school to be donated.

Advent Prayer Tree: Outside of the Chapel will be a tree and a variety of paper ornaments. You are invited to write an intention on one of the ornaments and then place it on the tree. These intentions will be prayed for at every Tuesday morning Mass during Advent.

Advent Wall Calendar: We will countdown the days to Christmas with a large Advent Calendar in the school entryway. This calendar will help us prepare for the coming of Christ while learning more about our Lasallian Heritage. 

Advent Service Week: Students will have the opportunity to take part in both existing and new after school service projects the week of Monday, December 2 - Friday, December 6.

Advent Reconciliation: Monday, December 16 

Br. James Miller Prayer Service: On Monday December 9, at all school convocation, we will recognize Brother James (Santiago) Miller who was shot and killed in the afternoon of February 13, 1982, at the age of 37 in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Congregation of the Causes of the Saints announced the official date of Beatification of Br. James Miller. The celebration will occur on December 7. We will celebrate Br. James’s life together as a community.

Mass before Christmas Break: Friday, December 20, at 10:30 a.m.

Meditations by St. John Baptist de La Salle for each Sunday in Advent: