Each year representatives from St. Francis High School and St. Margaret School speak to parishioners about the importance of having the opportunity for a Catholic education. Both staff and students spoke about what makes their school experience different through the opportunity to celebrate Christmas and Easter at school, praying daily with classmates and staff, and being able to share their Catholic faith. Both schools expressed gratitude to Fr. Vincent, Fr. Gabriel, and Fr. Paulos for leading the schools in liturgies and celebrating Masses throughout the year. With both schools within walking distance, the relationship is a very special one indeed. Fr. Vincent expressed how proud he was of the staff and students at both schools and how welcome he feels to drop in any time for a visit.
From the Catholic Diocese of Calgary website:
On November 3, we celebrate Catholic Education Sunday across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary. It is a day to recognize the gift of Catholic education that is ours to cherish and support, so that it remains vital for today’s students who will become tomorrow’s community leaders.
Our schools are an expression of our faith and a gift to future generations. Catholic education is the permeation of God in everything we do. On the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd, a special collection will occur at each mass. The community is called to support Catholic education in our community and to ensure the present and future needs of our students. The Alberta Bishops’ acknowledge with deep gratitude and embrace with unwavering resolve publicly funded Catholic education. Let us join together in thanking God for the gift of Catholic Education in Alberta. The Novena is intended to be prayed in our classrooms, parishes and homes from Oct. 25 until Catholic Education Sunday on Nov. 2.