Sudbury Catholic District School Board

First Sunday of Advent

December 03 marks the first Sunday of Advent for 2023. Together, we all await the birth of a baby boy, the light of the world, coming to transform us, so that we can transform the world. The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, celebrated on December 8th. The first 24 days of December fall during the liturgical season of Advent and are represented by the colour purple. During Advent it is fitting that we celebrate the virtue of patience, for we recognize that we are patiently awaiting Jesus’ coming.

Advent Prayer

Dear Lord,

Send down Your Spirit to guide me during Advent this year. May the Holy Spirit help me journey closer to You and lift me up when I feel down and led me when I feel lost. I may stumble at times, but I know my ultimate journey is to draw closer to You and build Your kingdom here on earth–a kingdom that Jesus’s birth, life and death helped secure.


The first Sunday of Advent represents the Candle of Prophecy and symbolizes Hope.

Advent Resources

The Jesse Tree

Best Advent Ever

Pray as you Go

Children’s Advent Calendar

Busted Halo

Christmas Artwork Contest for K-12 Students

The Sudbury Catholic District School Board invites students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to participate in the Annual Christmas Artwork Contest. Create artwork in any medium (drawing, painting, etc.) that reflects our Catholic faith and the joy of Christmas.

Submissions can be emailed to or sent to the Board office by November 24, 2023.

How to Submit:

All submissions (whether in hard copy or e-mailed) should have the following information included in addition to the artwork: 

  • Student first and last name 
  • Grade
  • School 

Submissions can be e-mailed to in a JPG/PNG or PDF format. Or mailed to the Board office at Attention: Christmas Card Contest 165A D’Youville street Sudbury, Ontario P3C 5E7 


Artwork must be submitted no later than Friday, November 24, 2023, to be considered for the contest. 

What Can I Win?

Two winning designs (one elementary and one secondary) will be featured on the annual Christmas cards sent to Board Trustees, school administration, and community partners. Winners will also receive a package of custom Christmas cards featuring their artwork!

You can submit multiple entries up until November 24, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. For more contest details, please refer to the attachments below. Join us in celebrating the spirit of the season through art!

2023 Contest Guidelines

Contest Poster

Christmas Artwork Ideas/Themes

PEACE Program Students are Busy Making Sweet Gifts

Students in the PEACE program at St. Albert Adult Learning Centre are busy fulfilling orders for the Christmas season. Students learn a variety of essential skills while handcrafting and selling one of a kind gifts.

What better way to say, “You’re as sweet as honey” with these custom, handcrafted honey dippers made from quality wood such as birch, poplar and maple. Each honey dipper can take anywhere from 2- 4 hours to create.

Check out Curtis working in the shop making his first honey dipper. 

About the PEACE Program:

PEACE (Personalized Experiential Alternative Caring Education) program is an alternative school for teens who have anxiety, depression and personal issues that interfere with their schooling. It is a second chance for many students, where students can have teacher support, learn techniques to overcome obstacles, and learn new skills through Peace Pens: a student-run, self sustaining business. These high-school aged students earn credits creatively, and partake in engaging alternative activities including fitness, outdoor education, and art workshops. All pens and other products in the PEACE shop are custom made and created from start to finish by students in the program. Each item has its own unique style reflective of the creator. Any item purchased will come with an insert containing a description of the program, the type of wood or acrylic used, and the name of the student who created the item.

SCDSB Launches Annual Christmas Card Artwork Contest

Starting Nov. 1st, the Sudbury Catholic District School Board will be looking for submissions for our annual Christmas card artwork contest. 

Year after year, we have the pleasure of seeing the creativity and imagination of our students flourish through this annual tradition and we are excited to see what beautiful artwork 2022 will bring forward.

Submissions will be accepted until November 18, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Please see the attached poster for details.

Merry Christmas SCDSB!

On behalf of all of us at the SCDSB, We’d like wish our students, staff, families, and community members a very Merry Christmas! We hope this time of the year brings with it the blessings of good cheer, good will, and love. See you in 2022!

Christmas Artwork Winners

Congratulations to our 2021 Annual Christmas Artwork Contest Winners!

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