Twelve Days of Christmas

A Christmas Meditation

Join us in a daily meditation during the Twelve Days of Christmas to celebrate the fruits of the Child born for us, the Son given to us. Click To Tweet

With Christmas now upon us, we behold the Messiah for the first time and join our faithful brothers and sisters around the world to renew our desire for His second coming.  As a way of celebrating Our Lord’s nativity and all that this means to and for a broken world desperately in need of redemption, we invite you to join us in a series of short daily meditations prepared by Fr. John Raphael, ’89, on the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit during the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Introduction by Father John J. Raphael, ’89

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Sycamore Trust Apostolate

With our 2017 Annual Breakfast there was an upwelling of interest to establish an Apostolate within the Sycamore Trust community to encourage each other to pray collectively for the faithful and fruitful success of Notre Dame’s Catholic mission. This resulted in an extremely popular Novena which concluded on the first day of classes during the 2017-2018 academic year and has become a much anticipated annual event for us and for many of our supporters.

By signing up for our Twelve Days of Christmas, you have joined our Apostolate. There is no requirement to do more. However, we invite you to keep Notre Dame in your daily prayers and to participate when possible in other opportunities for collective prayer among Sycamore Trust supporters — such as our annual Novena for Catholic higher education (beginning each year on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary). 

To assist and guide us in our daily effort, Father John J. Raphael, ’89, has composed a Prayer for Notre Dame which may be downloaded here. Your participation is very much appreciated and very much needed. We are unlikely to have a final victory without prayer.

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