News & Announcements
We recognize that our current school families are often our biggest cheerleaders.
To thank you for referring new students and families to MACS, we will be implementing a new Referral Program for the 2018-19 school year.
The Referral Program is a tuition credit for current MACS parents or guardians who are paying tuition for an enrolled (K-12) student. The current parent/guardian refers a new student from outside of our system, who then enrolls and attends MACS.
Details to be unveiled after January 15, 2018 on our website.
Please join us for the sounds of the Advent season by attending the Advent/Christmas programs and concerts
Monday, December 11
McDonell Central and Notre Dame Choral Concert 7:00 PM in the school auditorium. (live stream)
Tuesday, December 12
St. Charles Borromeo Primary 12:30 and 6:30 PM held at the St. Charles Borromeo Church. Art Show held 5:00 - 8:00 PM in the church Narthex. Student framed art work for sale $20. Proceeds to purchase art supplies at the schools.
Thursday, December 14
Holy Ghost Elementary 12:30 (live stream) and 6:30 PM held in the school gymnasium. Art show held 5:00 - 8:00 PM in the school cafeteria. Student framed art work for sale $20. Proceeds to purchase art supplies at the schools.
Monday, December 18
McDonell Central and Notre Dame Band Concert 7:00 PM in the school auditorium. (live stream)
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St. Andrew Novena
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlahem, i piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, Oh my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother. Amen
One popular Advent devotion always begins on November 30, the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle. On this day, we begin the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena, also known as the Christmas Anticipation Prayer or simply the Christmas Novena. While a novena is technically a nine-day prayer (the word comes from the Latin word for nine, novem), the name is sometimes applied to any prayer that we say repeatedly over a series of days.
In this case, Catholics pray the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena prayer 15 times each day from the Feast of Saint Andrew until Christmas. The prayer is addressed to God the Father and asks Him to grant us our request in honor of the birth of His Son on Christmas. It’s an excellent prayer to pray with children, because it heightens their anticipation of Christmas, while keeping them focused on the fact that Advent is a time of preparation, and not an extension of the Christmas season.
You can pray the text of the prayer 15 times all at once, or you can spread it out throughout the day. One convenient way to pray it is to recite it five times at each meal, or five times during your morning prayers, five times during your evening prayers, and five times at supper. Be sure, when you begin the novena, to have a particular intention or request in mind, and recall it each time you say the prayer.