•Students return to school for the beginning of the second semester on Sunday, January 7.
•Those going to Rome may return the next day (Monday) in time for their first period class.
•The school will be starting a Drama Club when the students return after Christmas. Mrs. Angela Cybulski will be the instructor. The club will meet once a week. We hope to make the club an official credited class next school year. Contact Angela Cybulski if your son is interested.
•On Thursday, January 11, Fr. Victor and another Norbertine will take several students to the Pacific Symphony concert. Parents of the students going will be notified in advance.
•On Saturday, January 20, at 8:00 AM, the school will have its Entrance Exam for prospective students. Feel free to spread the word.
•Congratulations to the following students who made the Second Quarter Honor Roll:
First Honors (93% or higher): John Cybulski, Paul De Jesus, Quinton Dubay, Joseph Emanuel, John Esser, Leighton Frater, Thomas Goodwin, Daniel Johnson, Lucas Lopez, Dan Mason, Anthony Nguyen, Kyle Nguyen, Kyle Nguyen, Luke Nguyen, Vincent Nguyen, Alexander Pham, Joshua Russell, Luke Smith, Daniel Trainor, Amaru Vasquez, Joseph Verburg, Triet Vu, Franklin Watkins, Matthew Wong.
Second Honors (87%): Andrew Burnham, Hyeongjun Choi, Isaac Domingo, Ian Girod, Myunghyun Kim, Kevin Lange, Pablo Leiva, Bruno Moebest, Aaron Nezzer, Justin Ng, Brandon Oborny, Isaac Osborne, Peter Pham, Craig Shepardson, Benjamin Sturkie, Jonathan Sturkie, Daniel Suh, Dillon Tuliau, Attila Vodnak, Caleb White.
•The next basketball games are: January 9 (Tuesday), at 5:00 PM, at American Sports Center [1500 S Anaheim Blvd #110, Anaheim, CA 92805]; and January 11 (Thursday), at 2:00 PM, at Ladera Sports Center [2 Terrace Road, Ladera Ranch, CA].
•The next soccer games are: January 9 (Tuesday), at 3:15 PM, at Eldorado Emerson Private School [4100 E Walnut Ave, Orange, CA 92869]; and January 12 (Friday) at 2:30 PM, at Capo Valley Christian [Vista Hermosa Sports Park, 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, CA 92673].
How peaceful! How joyful! How absolutely wonderful must have been that first Christmas morning; there, in that stable in Bethlehem, with St. Joseph keeping watch over his new family,
with the shepherds coming on bended knee to adore their long-expected Messiah and King, with the whole host of angels singing praises to their God Incarnate and Our Blessed Mother Mary holding in her arms Him Who is both her little Babe and Omnipotent Creator, with all hearts full of love for this Divine Infant.
Yes, this little Child is both true God and true man. He it is who, at the beginning of time first created us out of love, and then, 2000 years ago, took on our human nature in order that He might suffer and die for us, and so redeem us from the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, and from our own sins, moved as He was by that same divine love. Yes, it was love alone that moved God, so to speak, to create us and then to redeem us; and all He asks of us is to return that same love to Him. It’s as simple as that—as simple as a little Child in the arms of His Mother.
And it is for this reason that the whole world rejoices this Christmas morning. As Pope Leo the Great once proclaimed: Our Savior was born on this day. Let us rejoice. Sadness is not becoming…No one is excluded from sharing in this cheerfulness, for the reason of our joy is common to all men. Our Lord, the Conqueror of sin and death, since there was no one to free us from slavery, came that He might bring deliverance to all. Let him who is sanctified rejoice, for he draws near to the palm of victory. Let the sinner rejoice, since he is invited to grace. Let the Gentile exult, for they are called to life.
Our Blessed Lord, Son of God and Son of Mary, Who loves us more than we can ever imagine, wants us to share in this Christmas joy by loving Him in return. And who would refuse such an invitation? Who would not love the God of love Himself? It is for this that we were created, and it is for this that God became Man.
This joy—which arises in our hearts when we obtain the object of our love—will be absolutely complete in Heaven; for, there we will possess perfectly the Greatest Good our hearts can ever possess: God Himself. But even here on earth we can share in the Christmas joy to the degree in which we believe, hope and love our Lord. For this same Lord Who was born on Christmas Day, is present in spirit in the souls of all who are in the state of grace; and He is present in His Flesh and Blood in the Most Holy Eucharist. With what great wisdom a simple religious sister once explained it. “Father”, she said, “everyday is Christmas for us Catholics, because we have the Mass.” If only all of us might live our lives with that same wisdom and simplicity! If we did, there would be no real “post-Christmas blues”, which one so often feels soon after this holiday.
This Christmas Day offers us the opportunity to draw closer to the Child Jesus. If you have been far away from Him (like the Shepherds), make a good sacramental confession and draw near to Him. If you already have Him in your hearts, come even closer—you can never love Him too much. For our Lord comes with an abundance of gifts: forgiveness for the sinner, an increase in grace for the sanctified, and Christmas joy for all. And all He asks of us is that we draw near to His crib and give Him our hearts—hearts full of love.
May the Christmas joy, which our Lord gives to us today in this Holy Mass, increase daily until we come to that perfect joy in heaven!
For those who know Latin, enjoy the following sermon written in Latin by one of our own students, John Esser:
Jesus Christus hodie natus est in praesepio. Gaudeamus igitur, nam hodie salvator natus est nobis. Qui conspexerunt Navitatem Jesu? Magi et pastores et mater et pater suus adfuerunt in praesipio. Angeli etiam conspexerunt navitatem Jesu. Hoc mirabile miraculum Dei revelatum est a se ab principio temporis. In principio temporis, Deus revelavit omnibus angelis se factum ire virum ad salvandos omnes homines. Pars angelorum cum Deo mansit et pars angelorum a Deo lapsa est ut tenerent suas magnificientias. Itaque Angeli divisi sunt in diabolos malos et Angelos bonos.
Diaboli igitur nos habent in odio et volunt ducere nos ad infernum. Herod est typum Diaboli quod interficere petivit infantum Jesum magno cum odio ad tentendam suam magnificentiam, sicut diabolus. Infante Christo salvato ab manibus Herodis, multi infantes interfecti sunt a Herode. Clamores multarum matrum auditi sunt.
Laudemus Sanctos Innocentes, nam defenderunt Christum in illa nocte. Deo agamus gratias etiam, quod misit Angelum Gabrielem ut moneret Sanctum Joseph de opere maligno Herodis. Si Deus non imperavisset Angelo Gabrieli ut moneret Sanctum Joseph, Christus cum omnibus aliis Sanctis Innocentibus interfectus esset. Itaque, esse typum Sancti Joseph debemus et tenemus Jesum in nostris cordibus in hoc tempore navitatis Jesus.
Debemus facere hoc maximo cum amore ut agamus gratias Deo. Paremus nosmetipsos etaim pro adventu Christi et ornemus nostrum domum pulcherrimis lucibus et arboribus et ornamentis. Post missam quotidianam, oportet nos manere in ecclesia et meditari suam nativitatem. Ponite, multas sanctas res in vestro domo et Ponite prasepium in medio domo. Gratias agite Deo, quod venit ad salvandos omnes nos. In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritui Sancto. Amen.
•For student Andrew Burnham, who recently underwent lung surgery.
•For Fr. Thomas Nelson, O. Praem., who recently underwent surgery to remove cancer in his jaw.
•For all the benefactors of St. Michael’s Preparatory School, living and deceased.
•For all the students and families of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.
•For all faculty and staff of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.