2021-2022 Year of the Family!  
Under the patronage of St. Joseph, Pillar of Families

Novena to the Immaculate Conception

On December 8th, we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. Since it is an important feast day, it is a custom in the Church to prepare for it with a novena – nine days of prayer.

There will be Mass each evening at 7:15 pm. Several priests will hear confessions starting 30 minutes before each Mass. 

  • Dates: November 30th to December 8th 
  • Time: 7:15 p.m.
  • Place: St. Mary of the Angels Church, 1850 N. Hermitage Avenue, Chicago.  

Embers students and families are invited to attend the Novena, particularly on December 3, where our Sparks participate in the Mass.  All students should wear their Embers uniforms.  

Information on the Novena

McKenna’s Bags Service Project

Thank you to everyone who sent in plastic grocery bags and other items for the McKenna’s Bags LTD service project! McKenna’s Bags recycles plastic grocery bags by turning them into sleep mats which keep people from sleeping on the cold ground. Our Preschool students assembled the bags of toiletries and the Fifth Grade class made blankets out of the plastic bags. These simple items made from everyday materials will bring warmth and comfort to many this winter!

Spirit Day and Virtue Assembly

Next week kicks off our December virtue of Charity! Our Kindergarten Sparks will host our  Virtue Assembly on Thursday, December 2nd and will help us understand how we all can live this virtue wherever we are! Remember, Thursday, December 2nd is a Spirit Day so make sure your red Spirit shirt (with casual bottoms!) is clean and ready to go!

Christmas Concert

Join us for an evening of Christmas music performed by our Kindergarten – 5th Grade Sparks!

  • Date: Thursday, December 16th
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. (Students should arrive at 6:15 p.m.)
  • Place: Northridge Prep

Let’s Dress to Impress!
Students should dress up in their Christmas best!

  • Dress pants, skirts or dresses.
  • Any festive accessories like ties, scarves or hair bows.
  • (Please no t-shirts, jeans or gym shoes!)

Christmas Spirit Days

Thursday, December 16th:
  • Christmas Accessory Day 
    Accessorize your uniform with Christmas socks, festive hats and holiday hair accessories!
Friday, December 17th:
  • Red and Green Day
    Dress out of uniform in red, green or your favorite Christmas shirt!

December Calendar

Advent – Preparing for Christmas

This Advent, prepare your heart every day with Father Rocky’s Advent Inspirations: short, daily audio reflections designed to help you dive into the beauty and hope of Christmas. These reflections come to your inbox every morning, and they’re sure to make you smile as you ponder the coming wonders in your daily life.

Advent Inspirations

Madison Marathon

Congratulations to Mr. Boville and Fr. Leo for completing the Madison Marathon last weekend! Mr. Boville finished in 4 hours and 2 minutes and Fr. Leo finished in 4 hours 9 minutes – a personal best!

Picture Retakes

Picture Retakes will be Wednesday, December 1st.

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Coming Up This Week

Monday, Nov. 29 – 
Classes resume

Wednesday, Dec. 1 –
Picture Retakes

Thursday, Dec. 2 –
Virtue Assembly and Spirit Day

Friday, Dec. 3 –
Embers at Novena to the Immaculate Conception 7:15 p.m.

Athletics Calendar


4th Grade Boys
Embers vs. St. Mary of the Woods
Monday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 p.m.

5th Grade Boys
Embers vs. St. Mary of the Woods
Monday, Nov. 29 at 6:00 p.m.

4th & 5th Grade Girls
Embers vs. St. Elizabeth
Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 6:00 p.m.

Embers vs. St. Paul of the Cross
Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

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