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Light of Christ Catholic Schools Faith Development News

Updated: June 17, 2019

"...affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us."

(Romans 5:3-5)

#IAmCatholicEducation

If you’re open to Catholic education, our doors are open to you. Catholic education is open to any family who wants a Catholic, faith-based education for their kids. We believe it should stay that way. These testimonies by parents and students illustrate why Catholic education works.

"I choose Catholic education because the values everyone carries influences me to be better in the school and in the community. Catholic education helps you find who you are in the community and gives you endless support in your journey. I find the staff and students have more respect for each other due to the environment they are in. It does not matter what religion you practice or which creator you believe in. Everyone is welcomed and treated with respect." - Allysa Woodrow, Grade 12

PC: Tyler Marr

I choose Catholic education because everyone is treated in the same way even if we don't believe in the same things. It's a great environment to be in because everyone is welcome and a part of our family. There is more than faith taught here and it will stay with me for the rest of my life.

- Jeanny Jung, Grade 12

I choose Catholic education because the teachers here, more than any other school, are more connected to their students and want them to grow.

- Layson Roan, Grade 12

I choose Catholic education because of the community that it provides, along with the education, along with the faith background, all contributes to a wholesome education rather than just educating your brain.

- Katie Dyck, Grade 12

"I choose Catholic education because we practice the values of kindness, honesty, and respect. As a result, we are more of a family; we are open to all and get along well." - Courtney Johnson, Grade 12

Link to Courtney's Video

We choose Catholic education because it is family centered. Catholic education allows everyone to flourish.

- Curtis, Emily & Karen Simon

We choose Catholic education because it is diverse, welcoming, and open to everyone.

- Jamie Killoran & Dur Phommavong, LOCCS Parents

To learn more please see the Open Catholic Education website at http://opencatholiceducation.ca/

Accolades & Reminders for LOCCS Staff

Sister Rita & Sister Raymonde Receive the St. Joseph Award

Congratulations to Sister Rita & Sister Raymonde! They are the 2019 recipients of the St. Joseph Award from Catholic Missions in Canada. The St. Joseph Award recognizes and honours missionaries whose dedication is a light for the world. They serve as role models for today’s society. We are so proud of both of you, and we offer our sincere congratulations! See more in this video:

#LOCCStrengths Staff Testimonies

Thank you to all staff who have shared their #LOCCStrengths journey with the world! ICYMI, they are located on the #LOCCStrengths Blog. Our sincere gratitude is extended to:

Are you willing to share your #LOCCStrengths journey?

If so, please contact Ramona Stillar, Projects Coordinator, via email to: r.stillar@loccsd.ca

Faith Development Fund

All LOCCS staff are eligible for up to $300.00 in order to engage in personal faith development. See AP135 for the criteria and how to apply or speak to your school Faith Development team representative.

Resources

This is the official site of the Vatican. Daily meditations, bulletins, and other documents are available here.

Dynamic Catholic has developed world-class resources that will inspire you and your students to rediscover Catholicism. Be sure to sign-up for "The Best Lent Ever"!

Busted Halo aims to bring the joy of the Gospel to all people in innovative and creative ways through articles, video, podcasts, radio, and social media.

Whether you have or haven't heard of Fr. Mike Schmitz, you will most definitely want to check out his videos for youth and adults.

Indigenous Resources

**NEW** - Kateri Television provides Catholic Education T.V. on demand. Videos and study guides explores the Medicine Wheel and how Aboriginal spirituality connects to Catholic teachings. See the program modules here.

Supporting Reconciliation in Saskatchewan Schools is a self-guided professional development module available to Saskatchewan educators. Check it our on at EDonline here.

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle, a Catholic coalition of Indigenous people, bishops, clergy, lay movements and institutes of consecrated life, has a new website.

The Kateri Native Ministry in Ottawa does a lot of work in bridging the distance between Indigenous culture and Catholic spirituality. You may wish to review their website and the variety of programs they offer: https://katerinativeministry.ca/

Citizenship Resources

Development and Peace, Caritas Canada has a wide array of resources and activities for classroom use. They are useful during Lent or within your social studies/sciences courses throughout the year. Be sure to check them out if you haven't already done so on the Development and Peace website.

Concentus Citizenship Education has grade-specific citizenship resources that directly align with Saskatchewan Social Sciences curricula. See more here.

SaskTel’s Be Kind Online is an initiative to bring awareness and education to cyberbullying and cyber safety. It is also a reminder that each and everyone one of us has an obligation to monitor our online behaviour and share in the opportunity to spread positivity. There are a number of resources to support youth, families and educators to address bullying prevention. See more at here.

Upcoming Parish Events

Sacramental Preparation With Children: What Are We Preparing Them For?

June 6, 2019 @ St. Vital Parish in Battleford

An invitation from the Diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis to attend a workshop in your deanery discussing: Sacramental Preparation with Children: What are we preparing them for? The current process of sacramental preparation for children in the Catholic Church is having limited success. Yes, children receive the sacraments and lovely pictures are taken with our bishop but is that all? Once fully initiated a great number of

children with their families no longer participate in the life of the faith community. If this introduction piques your interest or you are involved in any sacramental preparation (marriage, baptism, or confirmation/first Eucharist), you are invited to attend this workshop.

Participants will have an opportunity to both listen to a short presentation after which they will be able to consider possible adaptive changes to their own sacramental preparation processes. Each evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Coffee and a snack will follow.

Ordination to the Priesthood

Friday, June 28, 2019 @ Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince Albert

You are invited to attend the Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Barry Tkachuk by the Most Reverend Albert Thévenot, M.Afr. on the Feast of the Scared Heart Friday, June 28th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince Albert. Reception to follow.

St. John Bosco Wilderness Camp

St. John Bosco Wilderness Camp Registration is now open for the 2019 summer camp season. For over 60 years, we have provided a unique outdoor experience for children aged 8 to 17 in the pristine Narrow Hills Provincial Park, Saskatchewan. For more information, please check out our website at https://johnboscocamp.com/ , or call 1- 844-SJBOSCO (1-844-752-6726).

School Happenings & Faith Activities

Mass Times

Mass Times for the Lake Area

Ste Rose de Lima, Cochin - 9:00 am every Sunday

Holy Cross, Glaslyn - 11:00 am every Sunday

St. Charles, Moosomin - 1:00 pm every Sunday

St. Leon, Jackfish - 7:00 pm every Saturday

Christ the King, Edam - 9:00 am every Sunday

Our Lady of Fatima, Meota - 10:15 am every Sunday

St. Hippolyte, Vawn - 11:30 am every 2nd weekend

Mass Times for the Battlefords

Notre Dame

  • Saturday: 7:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am & 5:00 pm

St. André

  • Friday 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday 9:30 a.m.

St. Joseph Calasactius

  • Saturday: 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

St. Vital

  • Saturday 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 10:30 a.m.

XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops regarding Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment

Bishop Bryan Bayda of the Eparchy of Saskatoon recently participated in the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops regarding Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. Learn more about his experience in this video or on the official website. The video produced by Bishop Bayda includes lots of information, ideas, and questions to generate powerful discussion with youth about our faith.