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Catholic Education Week


During the week of May 6 to May 11, 2018 the Superior North Catholic District School Board will celebrate the significant contribution that Catholic Education has made to the community, the province and to Canada. Our Catholic Graduate Expectations challenge students to articulate in society those fundamental values that underpin Catholic education.

The theme for this year’s Catholic Education Week is:

Catholic Education: Renewing the Promise / L’éducation catholique: Renouveler la promesse

For a full schedule of activities for all schools click here.

The theme for CEW 2018 draws upon previous documents on Ontario Catholic education, namely, “This Moment of Promise” (1989), “Fulfilling the Promise” (1993) and “Our Catholic Schools” (2006-2007). These three documents, while several years apart from each other, all speak of the unique mission of Ontario Catholic education, the importance of its shared leadership by all those involved in Catholic education and the critical role of Catholic education in contemporary society.

Catholic Education Week 2018 combines the themes of reconciliation, solidarity, love, justice and ecology.

There are five sub-themes, one for each day of Catholic Education Week and they are aimed at helping staff and students to reflect more fully on what Renewing the Promise means to them.

The five sub-themes are:

  • Day 1: Remembering the Promise / Faire mémoire de la promesse
  • Day 2: The Promise is Within You / La promesse est en toi
  • Day 3: Praying the Promise / Prier la promesse
  • Day 4: Living the Promise / Vivre la promesse
  • Day 5: Proclaiming the Promise / Annoncer la promesse

Catholic Education Week is marked by special activities at all grade levels, including prayer celebrations and service activities.

We invite you to visit your local schools this week and to participate in any of our activities as we celebrate Catholic Education Week 2018!

Faith Day and Celebration of Excellence

April 27, 2018 was a professional development day for Superior North Catholic District School Board (SNCDSB) teachers, support and administrative staff and trustees.

Superior North Catholic District School Board staff celebrating mass
Superior North Catholic District School Board staff celebrating mass

The celebration began with a Mass led by Fr. Terry Sawchuk. Following mass, staff gathered at the Michael King Hall with opening remarks from Sister Stephanie Romiti, Faith Formation & Catholicity Lead at SNCDSB. Keynote speaker for the event was David Wells, world-renowned Catholic motivational speaker, and opening remarks from Acting Director of Education, Barbara Spadoni and Bishop Fred Colli who reflected on the importance of Catholic education.

picture of all staff listening to speaker David Wells at Faith Day 2018
David Wells speaks to the entire staff at the SNCDSB Professional Activity Day.

During the day, the Superior North Catholic District School Board also hosted its 22nd annual Celebration of Excellence event. Staff were recognized and received their pin for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 years of service.

5 Years

  • Kayla Greco, Holy Saviour Catholic School
  • Jason Belisle, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
  • Aaron Baker, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
  • Ben Jewiss, St. Brigid Catholic School
  • Terry Ray, St. Edward Catholic School
  • Jennifer Ray, St. Edward Catholic School
  • Stacy McGuire, St. Edward Catholic School
  • Melissa Nystrom, St. Hilary Catholic School
  • Terri Nichols, St. Hilary Catholic School
  • Sonia Landry, St. Martin Catholic School
  • Pina Luomala, St. Joseph Catholic School
  • Julie Howe, St. Joseph Catholic School
  • Danielle Luby, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School
  • Samantha Brown, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School
  • Francine Batog, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School
Picture of recipients of five years of service pin
5 Years of Service SNCDSB Staff

10 Years

  • Paulette Godin, Holy Saviour Catholic School
  • Jessica Marcotte, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
  • Natalie Soos, St Edward Catholic School
  • Nina Merritt, St. Edward Catholic School
  • Carol Barnes, Trustee
Picture of 10 year pin recipient
10 Years of Service recipient Natalie Soos, St. Edward Catholic School pictured with Trustee Bill McKay and Rima Mounayer, Superintendent of Education

15 Years

  • Velvet Bouchard, Catholic Education Centre
  • Cara Figliomeni, Holy Angels Catholic School
  • Kelly Haliski, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
  • Claudette Abraham, St. Brigid Catholic School
  • Angela Gainer, St. Edward Catholic School
  • Susan Lemieux, St. Edward Catholic School
  • Mia Laframboise, St. Edward Catholic School
  • Courtney Currie, St. Edward Catholic School
  • Jerry Nardi, St. Hilary Catholic School
  • Joanne Camire, St. Joseph Catholic School
  • Debbie Gignac, St. Joseph Catholic School
  • Diane Trepanier, Our Lady of Fatima
picture of 15 year pin recipients for years of service at Superior North Catholic District School Board
15 Years of Service Pin Recipients

20 Years

  • Louise Zechner, St. Edward Catholic School
Trustee Jean with 20 years of service pin recipient Louise Zechner
Trustee Shirley Jean with 20 years of service pin recipient Louise Zechner

25 Years

  • Melanie Glaister, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
  • Betty-Jane Roman-Mercier, St. Hilary Catholic School
25 years of service recipient, BJ Roman-Mercier with Trustee McPherson
25 years of service recipient, BJ Roman-Mercier with Trustee Lilliana McPherson.

30 Years

  • Dana Allen, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School
30 years of service recipient Dana Allen with Trustee McPherson
30 years of service recipient Dana Allen with Trustee Lilliana McPherson

35 Years

  • Louise Wielgosch-Hawrish, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
35 years of service recipient Louise Wielgosch-Hawrish pictured with Trustee McPherson
35 years of service recipient Louise Wielgosch-Hawrish pictured with Trustee Lilliana McPherson

The Board acknowledged and celebrated the contributions of retirees:

  • Scott Adams, Catholic Education Centre
  • Lise Hachey, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
  • Joanne Hoffman, St. Brigid Catholic School
  • Debbie Kuruliak, St. Hilary Catholic School
  • Nancy Ritch, St. Joseph Catholic School
Retiree Joanne Hoffman with Superintendent of Education, Kerry Desjardins
Retiree Joanne Hoffman with Superintendent of Education, Kerry Desjardins

The Superior North Catholic District School Board feels strongly that it is important to acknowledge the wonderful, dedicated and talented individuals that make a difference in the lives of our students. Thank you for supporting Catholic education.

"Together We Educate Heart, Mind and Soul."

St. Martin Catholic School Lenten Activities

During the season of Lent St. Martin Catholic School in Terrace Bay has been learning what it means to enter into a season of spiritual preparation and renewal.

The grade one and two class mixed, rolled and baked the traditional bread of Lent (the pretzel), which represents arms crossed in prayer, as a reminder that prayer is an important part of our Lenten journey.

Pretzels made by grade one and two students at Saint Martin Catholic School
The grade one and two class has also prepared for their Journey to the Cross through a personal and class Lenten promise, as well as personal Lenten prayers and the reenactment of the Stations of the Cross.
Saint Martin School Lenten Bulletin Board

The students learned about forgiveness through a special art project with Ms. Godin and our Faith Formation and Catholicity Coordinator, Sister Stephanie.

Sister Stephanie demonstrated to the class, through a visual using the cross, how our sins are truly forgiven by God.

"Together We Educate Heart, Mind and Soul."

New Evangelization Summit


APRIL 27-28, 2018

Live Streamed from Ottawa to Terrace Bay

Join over 3000 Catholics across Canada and the USA at this premier conference for the new evangelization. The summit will be held live in Ottawa on April 27-28th and will feature 6 world-class Catholic speakers on the New Evangelization including Curtis Martin, Sr. Anne Shields, George Weigel, Patrick Madrid, Christy Dupuis and Michael Dopp. The NES has been designed to inspire Catholics and help them live out their personal call to evangelize. Terrace Bay is incredibly excited to be a host site for NES. The conference will be live streamed from Ottawa to Terrace Bay. Be inspired, receive formation, and connect with other Catholics.

Friday, April, 27  - Check-in begins at 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 28 - Approx. 8:30 – 4:30 pm live

Tickets: $40/person and $30/student

Register online at www.newevangelization.ca or contact bhanley@uvic.ca or 825-9048
 
Concluding Mass at Holy Angels Church at 6:00 pm on April 28
 
“Feast of Faith” Dinner to follow at 7:00 pm at the Schreiber Recreation Centre
 
Live entertainment by the Hoolies
 
Tickets of the “Feast of Faith” Dinner
$20 for adults ($15 for summit participants)
$10 for children 12 and under
Free for children 4 and under
 
Registration will be held April 7 & 8, 2018 at St. Martin Parish in Terrace Bay and Holy Angels Parish in Schreiber following mass.

 

Videos from Catholic Education Week

Holy Angels' Students - What does Catholic mean to me?

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Holy Angels on the News Blog

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Saint Edward's Students - What does Catholic mean to me?

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St. Edwards on the News Blog

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Saint Hilary - Catholic Education Week 2017

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St. Hilary on the News Blog

Video Transcript for Saint Hilary - Catholic Education Week 2017.