The 6th Grade students at the Basilica School led the student body, faculty and staff in a prayer against world hunger on Tuesday, December 10th. The prayer wave, organized by Caritas Internationalis, was discovered by students doing research for a religion project on efforts to alleviate world hunger. The prayer began at noon December 10th local time on the island of Samoa in the Pacific, and move west, time zone by time zone. Student Ciara Barrett was the first to hit on this news item, but the rest of the class quickly responded. Together they spearheaded the noon prayer effort. The students made posters, announcements and even composed a short poem to inform the rest of the school. The students also took on the logistics challenge: a typical noon finds half the school at lunch on one end of the campus, the rest in their classrooms. The 6th graders broke themselves into two teams to lead the prayers in each location. Right before noon, copies of the prayer, “One Human Family-Food for All,” were distributed, students tall and small joined hands in hallways and the cafeteria, and all were called to pray for the hungry of the world. Pope Francis endorsed the prayer wave by inviting all people to act “as one single human family, to give a voice to all of those who suffer silently from hunger, so that this voice becomes a roar which can shake the world.” A copy of the prayer can be found on The Basilica School Facebook page.
This year’s Christmas Parade is on Saturday, December 7th. It will begin at 7 pm around White & Truman and end on Eaton & Duval. The exact meeting place will be announced on December 3rd. This year, we would like to invite all students who wish to participate to walk together with our school’s banner in front of the float. Please wear your favorite Christmas colors. Help make it amazing by helping us decorate our float on Friday, December 6th at 3:30pm in the cafeteria parking lot. Everyone is welcome, no special craft skills needed!
Join us for a tour around town, singing our favorite Christmas carols and viewing our community’s wonderful display of lights! Our annual Conch Train and Trolley Christmas Caroling will be on December 12th at 5:45pm. Space is limited to the first 320 persons to register. Cost is $4 a rider. Caroling wristbands can be purchased in the front office beginning December 2nd.
The Christmas Program & Children’s Mass
The Basilica School Christmas Program will be Tuesday, December 17, at 6 pm in the Basilica. (Students should check with classroom teachers for report time.)
The Christmas Eve Children’s Mass with Gospel Pageant will be Tuesday, December 24 at 5pm. Rehearsal for kings, shepherds, and angels is Sunday, December 22 at 2 pm in the Basilica. (Rehearsal usually lasts about 90 minutes.)
Dec 11th Sigsbee @ Home 4:30/5:30
Dec 13th HOB @ Home 4:30/5:30
Dec 16th Sigsbee @ Home 4:30/5:30
**Dec 17th Rescheduled – Christmas Program Conflict
Jan 15th Sigsbee @ Home 4:30/5:30
Jan 17th and Jan 18th Mariner Tournament
Jan 20th Sigsbee @ Home 4:30/5:30
Jan 23rd HOB @ HOB tbd
Jan 24th Marathon @ Home 5:00/6:00
Jan 27th Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf 4:30/5:30
Jan 29th Marathon @ Marathon 5:00/6:00
Feb 1st Key Largo @ Key Largo 10:30/11:30
Feb 3rd Sugarloaf @ Home 4:30/5:30
**February 4th Plantation @ Home BOYS ONLY 4:30
**changes since last schedule
This year, each of the classes at The Basilica School has selected an outreach project to work on throughout the year. For their outreach project this year, the 8th grade has chosen to help The Mission. On Tuesday, October 29th, teachers will be sending home recyclable bags with Tuesday folders. Please use these bags for your canned good donations. From November 4-8th, the 8th grade will be waiting curbside, in the morning 7:30-7:50, and after school 2:50-3:00, to collect your bags. Any amount would be gladly appreciated! Look for more information in Tuesday folders next week!