A Virtual Celebration of Advent

On Tuesday, December 15, the St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) community is invited to gather virtually as we celebrate Advent in the Courtyard. 

The annual tradition started in 2001 as a Student Government initiative and has grown in popularity ever since. 

“As the Christmas season was becoming very hectic and commercial, we saw the event as an opportunity to kick off the annual food drive and bring our community together in the season of Advent with traditional carols, seasonal foods, and goodwill,” says John Walsh, who served as moderator of the Student Government in 2001. “The St. Michael's community really embraced it and it has been a cornerstone event since.”

Advent in the Courtyard is celebrated annually at St. Michael's College School.

Here are five fast facts about the event: 

  1. The evening will include a service of Scripture and song that dates to the late 19th century. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a unique service that will highlight various staff, students, and the school’s music ministry.
  2. The event includes contributions from over 50 students at every grade level including readings, playing music, singing, filming and editing, and technical support. 
  3. SMCS and sister school, Holy Name of Mary College School, will once again collaborate to bring the music ministry to life. 
  4. 11 pieces of music, in a variety of styles, have been recorded virtually and assembled by students using the Music Department’s online collaboration software. 
  5. Student Government President, Jeremi Kolakowski and Vice President, Ryan Pleava and their families will join SMCS President, Fr. Andrew Leung, CSB and Principal, James McKinnon for the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree and Crèche. 

“Advent in the Courtyard is a special event for our community, as it is a time to come together as a family to celebrate the beginning of Advent,” says Andrew Kiel, Coordinator of Spiritual Life. “We encourage everyone to grab their favourite seasonal treats, sit back, relax, and join us as we prepare for the birth of the Lord.” 

SMCS Advent in the Courtyard flyer

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