Catholic Education Week: 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!
We Need You - Speak up for Catholic Eduation
Your voice and action is needed today. It is time to "Speak Up For Catholic Education" and protect what we value.
"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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Louise Zechner, St. Edward Catholic School
Melanie Glaister, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
Betty-Jane Roman-Mercier, St. Hilary Catholic School
Dana Allen, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School
Louise Wielgosch-Hawrish, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
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
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
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.
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.
The students learned about forgiveness through a special art project with Ms. Godin and our Faith Formation and Catholicity Coordinator, Sister Stephanie.
"Together We Educate Heart, Mind and Soul."
On Monday, October 30th, all classes at St. Martin Catholic School in Terrace Bay, ON learned about Christian Meditation as one way of praying. Students
and staff all entered into the experience with openness and eagerness.
If you happen to be at St. Martin Catholic School (or any other school in the Superior North Catholic District School Board) and see a doorknob
hanger that says "Time to Pray," you know that they class is taking a few moments to meditate together. Other classes and schools are also learning
Christian Meditation - come and join us!
It's always amazing to me how quickly the students respond and enter into this quiet form of prayer! I often hear students say, "That was great!"
or "That felt really good!" after even just a minute of meditation. God is within and this is one more way to stay in touch with our Creator
who is closer than we can ever imagine!
Students have some amazing questions! In the Grade 5/6 class, we had a wonderful discussion on how God can be everywhere and in everyone, and still