The Christmas season at Saint John's

The weeks of Advent and the holiday season bring lots of activities, events, and beloved traditions.

Advent - a season of hopeful waiting, joyful community, and time reflecting on family and faith - is a special time at Saint John's High School. As the days get colder, Saint John's feels warmer, from Founder's Day celebrations to the family-filled Christmas Tree Lighting.


In recognition of the season of Advent, Saint John's is sharing weekly reflections with the school community. Dean of Students Carlton Galligan composed prayers and reflections, which can be found here.

Founder's Day - Celebrating our roots

Saint John's celebrated the Feast of St. Francis Xavier on Friday, December 2, 2016, along with the twelve other Xaverian Brothers Sponsored schools in the United States, and with all XBSS schools in Kenya and Congo. 

The Theodore James Ryken Award is bestowed every Founder’s Day by each Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School upon a member of its faculty or staff who strives to live out the cornerstones of the Xaverian philosophy, to participate in the school’s community of faith and nurture members of its community. This year's Ryken Award winner is Grounds Manager Steve Stinson, who has dedicated himself to Saint John's for nearly four decades.

More Founders Day pictures:

2016 Founder's Day Mass

Holiday Ensemble Concert

The 2016 Holiday Ensemble Concert featured many talented student musicians and singers. The Saint John's Chorus performed several Christmas classics and featured soloist Kepei Lei '17. Guitar, Jazz, and String Ensembles showcased a wide range of student talent, directed by Jim McCluskey. Richard Monroe led the acapella group in Blue Christmas, and Malcom Patel '18 was the baritone soloist. Concert band and Symphonic Concert Band closed out this wonderful showcase of the hard work and talent of many talented artists and musicians.

Holiday Ensemble Concert

Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa visit

Families and friends of Saint John's helped light the Christmas tree on the green space this Sunday following the concert. The many families and students gathered in the cold got a surprise from Santa in the Salem Student Commons. Browse pictures of this new favorite tradition.

2016 Christmas Tree Lighting