During the weekend Masses on November 3rd and 4th, representatives from our neighbouring schools, St. Francis and St. Margaret, spoke about the importance of Catholic Education. During his homily, Fr. Vincent explained that Catholic education takes many forms. Most importantly, we are blessed to have the freedom to have access to a Catholic education, which is not the case in many nations around the world.
One student and parent who presented this weekend offered the following reflection:
I am glad I have the opportunity to go to a Catholic school. At our school, each day begins with prayer.
During the school year, all of the homeroom classes help to host one of the celebrations or monthly liturgies, and we walk together to Canadian Martyrs to celebrate Mass as a whole school with Fr. Vincent and Fr. Gabriel.
Last year, the Legion of Mary came to our school to help us pray the rosary and honour Mother Mary.
I also enjoy how we celebrate Christmas. For the past few years, we created a huge scene of Bethlehem in the front foyer. At Easter, we learn about why it is the centre of our Catholic faith. We also regularly discuss how we can live our faith every day. Thank you.
As a family, we are grateful for the opportunity to have our child live the Catholic faith as an integral part of daily experiences at school.
On this weekend, it was also announced that there is a newly formed provincial Catholic Education Advocacy group called GrACE which stands for “Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education”. This group, a cooperative organization supported by the Catholic Trustees, Superintendents and the Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories and Yukon, is looking for our ongoing support. GrACE invites all those committed to Catholic education, through the unity of the Holy Spirit, to be advocates and witnesses for our schools’ successes and their future. Please see this weekend's bulletin for more information.