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Mike and Debbie Basile Recognized with the St. Augustine Medal of Service  

Congratulations to our own Debbie Basile, IHS Director of Advancement, and her husband Mike for being chosen to receive the St. Augustine Medal of Service recently. Bishop Frank J. Caggiano presented medals to more than 150 recipients from parishes and ministries across the diocese for their volunteer service to parishes, schools and charities throughout Fairfield County. The Basiles are also the parents of senior Mikey Basile ‘19 and of alumni Tiffany ‘13 and Taylor ‘15.

“True generosity comes from those who are grateful for their lives and who faithfully use the gifts God has given them,” said Bishop Caggiano. “We will celebrate the St. Augustine medalists as mentors, guides and prophets in their love and service,” he added. The St. Augustine Medal of Service was instituted in 2005 to recognize the “unsung heroes who unselfishly give of their time and talents to build up parish communities.” One side of the medal is an image of St. Augustine of Hippo, patron saint of the diocese, and the reverse side features the coat of arms of the diocese.

Immaculate Conception Mass 

Immaculate held a special Mass to celebrate the Immaculate Conception, the conception of the Virgin Mary free from original sin by virtue of the merits of her son Jesus and preserving her immune from all stain of original sin (December 8). The Mass was officiated by Father Francis Fador and featured music by Michael Brown and the Praise Band. Many students reported that this Mass was a very uplifting and important experience for them during these unique times.

Ways to Celebrate Advent, and A Christmas Tree Blessing

During Advent, taking time to celebrate the holiness of this season is especially important for families. Here are two links that will help you in this celebration -- one is a calendar of suggested daily activities for families, and the other is a link to Advent videos. Also below is a special prayer for the Blessing of a Christmas Tree, which you can recite for your personal tree.

Family Advent Calendar from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Advent Videos from Saint Mary’s Press

Blessing of the Christmas Tree (from USCCB)

Sophomores Meet “Saint Paul” at Retreat 

Glenn Smith gave a presentation on the life of Saint Paul during the Sophomore Retreat on December 11 at St. Mary's Parish in Bethel. He re-enacted parts of the life of the Apostle to the Gentiles, and the students were his visitors while he was in prison under the persecution of Emperor Nero in Rome. After the Q&A, Glenn gave his personal witness of his life and how he came back to the Catholic Church. For more information about Glenn Smith and his passion to teach about Saint Paul, go to