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Advent and Christmas


Dear Families and Friends,

This is a season filled with anticipation, faith, frenzy, gifts and joy! Along with you, we are experiencing the gamut of emotions here at school. The illumination of the Mattapan Christmas tree and parent conferences were just two of the experiences that occurred on December 1. However, it was the lighting of that first purple candle on the Advent wreath that gave us cause to pause and remember the real reason for the season. The candle of HOPE. It reminds us of all that is to come in the waiting for Jesus. Christ remains our light for the journey of life. 'His LIght' shines in the darkness and is there in moments of brightness. He journeys with us wherever this life takes us.

The second candle is lit. The candle of FAITH. You passed on the gift of faith to your children. We come together on December 11th to celebrate that faith in song at our Christmas Concert . It is one way the children glorify God and remind us that Christ entered this world as a human child in all that innocence and wonder. Our children are living gifts created in the image and likeness of the Christ child. So during the joy and challenges that this season brings try to make time for your children, spouses, family and prayer.

Every day is a gift and a reason to celebrate when we remember to be grateful for the things that are really important: faith, hope and love. Life brings us joys and sorrows, struggles and triumphs, but God stands with us and is the blessing that will guide us through these times. Faith will light your path, hope will give you courage and keep you strong, love will bring you your greatest joys. Let the love of the Christ , your family and friendships remind you that every day is a reason to celebrate. As the Third candle is lit on December 17th celebrate the joy of the season.

Your children continue to grow in grace and wisdom everyday. They are the present and the future. The last candle will be lit on Christmas Eve this year. It is known as the Angel's candle. It symbolizes PEACE. "Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Man."

When we return in the New Year, the students will begin the Winter MAP testing on January 10th. It is a time of growth. We celebrate Catholic School Week at the end of January. We hold open house every Wednesday at 8:30. Come and see our school and experience the difference. We encourage families to make appointments in January and February. At these times, financial aid can be discussed. We take vouchers for all grades 2.9 through K2 and for before and after school. Please invite family and friends who hope to give their children the gift of a Catholic education to come and visit, too.

"O COME, O COME EMMANUEL" O Lord, stir up Thy power, we pray. Come with great might and help us with the gift of Your grace. Thy merciful forgiveness hastens what our sins impede. You live and reign forever. Amen.

Ah Qu'il est bon. Le Bon Dieu!

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

Kathi Aldridge


WINTER Dates to Remember:

  • 12/11 Christmas Concert at 6:15 PM
  • 12/21 School ends at 11:30 for everyone.
  • 12/ 22 through 1/1 Christmas Vacation- NO SCHOOL
  • 1/2/18 Return to School
  • 1/15/18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday is observed - NO SCHOOL                                                                                        


My name is Ruth Kaumeheiwa (Mrs. K.) and I am a Massachusetts licensed school guidance counselor. I was born and raised on the south shore and have lived in Weymouth for 17 years. My husband and I have three loving, creative, challenging daughters and one furry dog. I have worked with students of all ages for 27 years as a piano teacher, and school counseling is my second career. I am so glad to be part of SJP2. Thank you all for making me feel welcome!
Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy in Mattapan has been awarded five scholarships as part of the Peter Lynch Scholars Program created by the Catholic Schools Foundation. Michael Brice, Karl Jean Baptiste, Schnaylgee Souffrant, Sariah George and Falone Bertrand are members of the seventh class of Peter Lynch scholars. They are five of approximately one hundred and eighty nine students from across the greater Boston area to be selected. Congratulations!    

*Come in today to fill out a CORI form so you can volunteer at our school. We always encourage parents to come in to read to the class, chaperone on field trips or school events, etc! Summer office hours are 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
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