Catholic Education

Catholic Education: Living as Joyful Disciples

May 5 - 10th, 2019

Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week.

This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Living as Joyful Disciples” and will be celebrated during the week of May 5 – May 10.

In the section of the Ontario Bishops' letter Renewing the Promise entitled, “A Community that Forms Joyful Disciples,” we read, “Our Catholic schools help to form joyful disciples as hearts and minds are opened to the transforming love of God and to the flame of faith in action. On a daily basis, Catholic schools demonstrate the joy of believing and witness the Good News to the communities that they serve.”

The five sub-themes for Catholic Education: Living as Joyful Disciples are:

  • Rooted in Prayer
  • Living in Community
  • Doing Justice and Creating Hope
  • Journeying Together in Faith
  • Sharing the Good News

Catholic Education Week Prayer

Loving God, We thank you for our Catholic school community where we can journey in faith together. Help us to accompany each other in our learning as we grow, living as joyful disciples of Jesus and bringing good news to the world. May your love speak to our hearts, helping us to bring hope to others and a commitment to justice in all we do. We make this prayer through Jesus, our Lord and teacher. Amen.

Everyone is encouraged to check out the activities happening in your local Catholic School communities! All are welcome!

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"Our [Catholic] communities celebrate what matters most – inclusivity, diversity, excellence and faith. Our schools produce graduates who are responsible citizens, caring family members and collaborative contributors to the common good of society. These are values that we celebrate and share with all Ontarians." from Together in Faith

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Catholic Education Week

During the week of May 5 to May 10, 2019, the Superior North Catholic 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: Living as Joyful Disciples
L’éducation catholique: Vivre en disciples joyeux

The 2019 Catholic Education Week theme was inspired by three sources: Renewing the Promise, The Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education from the Bishops of Ontario; Gaudete et exsultate, the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on the Call to Holiness; and Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, the October 2018 Synod of Bishops. Mindful of the Synod on Youth, the theme and sub-themes are very much directed to the young people in our schools, especially in their growth in holiness and their formation as disciples of Christ through the discernment of their vocational pathways. In the section of Renewing the Promise entitled, “A Community that Forms Joyful Disciples,” we read, “Our Catholic schools help to form joyful disciples as hearts and minds are opened to the transforming love of God and to the flame of faith in action. On a daily basis, Catholic schools demonstrate the joy of believing and witness the Good News to the communities that they serve.”

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 Living as Joyful Disciples means to them.

The five sub-themes are:

  • Day 1:Rooted in Prayer / Enracinés dans la prière
  • Day 2:Living in Community / Vivre au coeur de la communauté
  • Day 3:Doing Justice & Creating Hope / Semer la justice et inspirer l’espérance
  • Day 4:Journeying Together in Faith / Cheminer ensemble dans la foi
  • Day 5:Sharing the Good News / Partager la bonne nouvelle

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

We invite you to visit our schools during this special week and to participate in any of our activities as we celebrate Catholic Education Week 2019.

New Evangelization Summit


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Live Streamed from Ottawa to Terrace Bay

This conference will bring together speakers who are leaders in the New Evangelization to provide inspiration, encouragement, training, practical wisdom and resources on how Catholics can effectively evangelize.

The annual New Evangelization Summit will be held in Ottawa and streamed to 59 host-sites. The broadcasting of the event will provide a way for Catholics from around North America to participate in the Summit. Thus approximately 5000 like-minded Catholics from across the continent will be united in one goal – to be formed as evangelists and be part of a network of Catholic evangelists.

Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Location:

St. Martin Catholic School
17 Cartier Rd.
Terrace Bay, ON
P0T 2W0

In order to make the New Evangelization Summit accessible to as many people as possible, we are making the event FREE for all participants. Please register online at www.newevangelization.ca now to reserve your seat.

Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact the Host Site directly at bhanley@uvic.ca

“Feast of Faith” Turkey Dinner to follow at 6:30 pm at St. Martin Church Hall. (Doors open at 6:00 pm)

Tickets for the “Feast of Faith” Dinner

  • $20 for adults ($15 for summit participants)
  • $10 for children 12 and under
  • Free for children 4 and under

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."

Videos from Catholic Education Week

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

Time: 1 minutes 48 seconds

Holy Angels on the News Blog

Video Transcript for Holy Angels' Students - What does Catholic mean to me?.

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

Time: 4 minutes 32 seconds

St. Edwards on the News Blog

Video Transcript for Saint Edward's Students - What does Catholic mean to me?.

Saint Hilary - Catholic Education Week 2017

Time: 4 minutes 06 seconds

St. Hilary on the News Blog

Video Transcript for Saint Hilary - Catholic Education Week 2017.