Light of Christ Catholic Schools Faith Development News

November 2018 (updated December 5th)

By Medieval artist (TTaylor 2005) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

- Isaiah 11:1-2 (NSRVCE)

School Happenings

Holy Family School

Holy Family - Fall 2018

Holy Family School is focusing on Circles of Service this year for all students. This Fall, the Grade 6 and 7 students offered written comments to share with other students. The Pre-K students made Thank-You cards for Thanksgiving and hand delivered them to various staff members throughout the school. They will be singing “Peace is Like a River” at our next school mass. The Grade 4 students wrote letters of gratitude to various staff members thanking them for all that they do for them. The Stewardship Club crafted beautiful Thanksgiving cards and gave each person one when they delivered Meals on Wheels in October.

Education week was full of fun and new learning! We began the week by praying ‘The Living Rosary’ together. Other events included a Multicultural Day where various students recited the theme in their native language and other students danced, sang or recited a poem.

After our Mass celebrations with Father Phinh, the students enjoyed playing various games with him on the playground.

Other school service projects are: Share the Warmth, Operation Christmas Child, and visiting with the people at River Heights Lodge.

John Paul II

John Paul II Collegiate celebrated a "Blue Mass" in honour of all those who #serve: military personnel, emergency services like police, firefighters, & EMTs, healthcare professionals, social services personnel, and people who support us in our faith. We are safer & #stronger because of them. Thank you to all who #serve & have #served!

Blue Mass - November 7, 2018

Monseigneur Blaise Morand

If the only prayer you ever say is “THANK YOU,” that will be enough.

(Meister Echart)

During the month of September and October the EMBM students have participated in several activities on the theme of 'Gratitude'.

Notre Dame

We kicked off our year at Notre Dame with a retreat to learn about our unique gifts and how to let our light shine for God's glory! During Education week we came together to celebrate the diversity of learning and culture in our school. Our AR (Accelerated Reader) theme is "together we are strong," as God strengthens us to be our best selves!

St. Peter's

St. Peter's School celebrated the Marion month of October with a Thanksgiving Mass and shared soup lunch. This is an annual event that all students, staff, the School Community Council, and the community at large participate in.

Later in the month, students started collecting shoe boxes for the Samaritans Purse project and a Living Rosary was celebrated. The weather was exceptional and so Fr. Greg Roth joined in the soccer games.

Another important tradition in St. Peter's School is the recognition of disciples in each month. Everyone can be an ambassador for Christ!


St. Mary's

St.Mary's school year is off to a great start! The grade one class began their year learning about God's creation and Noah and the Ark. They were proud to show off their crafty creations.

In the month of October, the grade two students studied and prayed the rosary. These students are displaying the rosaries that are made by Brother Charles who sends his homemade rosaries to St. Mary's every year.

Father Cuong from Notre Dame parish visited the grade 6/7 class this month as they were learning how to do a trust fall. You've got to have faith!

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To kick off to Education Week, many Rivier School students were treated to a Cat Chat Concert at Sacred Heart Church on Sunday, October 14th. Miss Amy Weiman, a teacher at Rivier School spearheaded the planning and organization of the fun and faith-filled family event.

Rivier School held a beautiful Remembrance Day Service on Thursday, November 8th. The service was an opportunity for all who attended to thank, remember, and pray for the men and women who have served and are serving our country.



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Faith Activity in Our Schools

Each September a report is provided to the Board of Education regarding our Faith Development activities, plans, and data. Please contact Ramona Stillar, Projects Coordinator if you have questions: 306-480-6300 or

Accolades & Reminders for LOCCS Staff

LOCCS Family Mass

Thank you to all who came out to welcome the first weekend of Advent. We are especially grateful to Fr. Sebastian, Mr. and Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Sweird and the music ministry, the Knights of Columbus, and our St. Vital parish family for your assistance!

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.

Upcoming Events

Advent Reconciliation Schedule

Wednesday, Dec. 5th:

  • St. Vital Parish - 7:00 pm

Thursday, Dec. 6th:

  • St. Joseph Calasanctius – 7:00 pm

Friday, Dec. 7th:

  • Holy Family School – 10:00 am
  • St. Vital School – 1:15 pm

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

St. Joseph Calasanctius Parish Events:

Thursday December 6 - Advent Reconciliation Service @ 7:00 pm

Thursday December 13 - Advent Retreat following the 7:00 pm Mass. Celebrant and Guest Speaker is Fr. Mark Blom, OMI, Chaplain of Thomas More College.

Sunday December 16 - Parish Potluck Christmas Party beginning at 5:00 pm

St. Joseph Calasanctius 2018 Schedule of Christmas Masses:

December 24 - Christmas Eve Masses @ 7pm & 10 pm

December 25 - Christmas Day Mass @ 10:00 am

December 31 - New Years Eve Mass - 7:30 pm

January 1 2019 - New Year's Day Mass - 10:00 am

Notre Dame Advent Retreat

Everyone is invited to “Jesus Christ: The Righteous Sun” by Father Frederick Akah, MSP on December 21st at Notre Dame Church from 7:00 –8:30 pm.

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