Catholic Education

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.

Take Action with Together in Faith's quick and easy tool to send a prewritten letter in support of Catholic education to your local Member of Provincial Parliament.

"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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St. Martin School's Journey through Lent

Our journey through Lent continues!

We have put into action the call to embrace prayer, fasting and giving in intentional and meaningful ways. Pictured below is Jillian Bolan with a cross made by her class at St. Martin Catholic School. Fixed to the cross are prayers asking for forgiveness for specific sins and regrets. What a great way of bringing ourselves to the Cross of Christ.

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The cross was presented at the Offertory of the Mass this past week at St. Martin’s Church. A job well done!

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On another note, it was great to see the line-up to get into church. Very encouraging! Happy Lent.

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By: Father Terry Sawchuk

Holy Season of Lent Begins

Ash Wednesday kicks off our annual observance of the holy season of Lent.

Privileged forms of penance are recommended in Lent because they are based on the teachings of the Gospel (fasting, almsgiving, prayer, works of mercy), or because of their traditional value among the people of God (abstinence from meat). Ash Wednesday is a day of both fasting and of abstinence from meat.

The law of “fasting” prescribes that only one full meal a day is taken. Two lighter meals are permitted to maintain strength according to one’s needs. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices, are allowed. Fasting applies to those 18 to 59 years of age. Christian fasting is intended to open our hearts to God and others, a means of purification and spiritual liberation, a witness of the depths of our faith. p

The law of “abstinence from meat” applies to those who are 14 and older. It forbids the eating of meat, but eggs, milk products, and condiments made from meat may be eaten. Fish and all cold-blooded animals may be eaten (e.g. frogs, turtles, clams, etc.).

Parents and educators are reminded of their duty to introduce children gradually to the understanding and practice of penance. Adult example will be the greatest influence in this matter.

Happy Lent!

Ash Wednesday 2017
Photo, mass by Father Terry Sawchuk

Christmas Message 2016

Once there was a Rabbi who asked his disciples the following question:

"How do you know when the darkness has been overcome, when the dawn has arrived?"

One of the disciples answered, "When you can look into the distance and tell the difference between a cow and a deer, then you know dawn has arrived.”

“Close," the Rabbi responded, "but not quite."

Another disciple said, "When you can look into the distance and in a far off orchard you can distinguish a peach blossom from an apple blossom, then you know that the darkness has been overcome."

"Not bad," the Rabbi said, “not bad! But the correct answer is slightly different. When you can look on the face of any man or any woman and know immediately that this is God’s child and your brother or sister, then you know that the darkness has been overcome, that the Daystar has appeared."

By our celebration of Christmas, we profess our belief that the Light has come into the world and the darkness cannot overcome it.

By it, we renew our hope in the power of the Prince of Peace to touch our relationships and bless them in his grace.

By it, we pray for the grace to be renewed in love for those with whom we travel the journey of life.

In this way, our celebration embraces the virtues of faith, hope, and love, drawing our lives closer to the mystery of God.

Jesus was born in a cave so that he might be a welcome guest in the homes of our lives.

Jesus was born in the darkness of the night so that the darkness of our sins might be shattered by his presence.

This Christmas, may each and every one of you be blessed richly, and may we rejoice to welcome Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, into the homes of our hearts.

~ a message from Father Sawchuk.