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Light of Christ Catholic Schools Faith Development News

February 2018

School Happenings: Light of Christ Catholic Schools Serve

John Paul II

The JPII Christian Ethics 30 class helped to decorate at Villa Pascal.

Holy Family

Students at Holy Family School held a Christmas Craft Sale. All items were created by the Stewardship Group. Proceeds were donated to a charity chosen by the group.

Monseigneur Blaise Morand

LOCCS students have been enrolled on their journey to full initiatian in our church. These students from EMBM made their inscription promise in January.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame students carved pumpkins with the residents of Villa Pascal in October.

Rivier

Father Peter blessed the new outdoor classroom at Rivier School in October.

St. Peter's

Each month St. Peter's School celebrates their Disciples of the Month. Gabe, Chloe & Alivia are January disciples for being great role models in and outside their classrooms.

St. Mary's School: Planting the Seeds of Stewardship

Nationally, 20% of families live below the low income marker (poverty line). This number is a staggering 33% in North Battleford according to 2016 census data. Furthermore, the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey indicates that among off-reserve First Nations people 12 years and older, 22% lived in households that experienced food insecurity, three times the proportion of non-Aboriginal people. Additionally, First Nations people, were more likely to report being diagnosed with diabetes than non-Aboriginal people. Health complications associated with food insecurity can range from malnutrition to obesity. Although it may seem contradictory, people who experience food insecurity are more likely to be obese. One possible reason is that people with lower incomes may have less access to affordable healthy food. Instead, they consume low-cost, high calorie foods. Low-income families face many obstacles to consuming a nutritious diet, including limited access to fresh produce. The St. Mary Community School garden aims to change this!

We are called to nourish our time, talent, and treasure. At St. Mary’s School, where 93% of our student population is First Nations or Métis, we greatly value and emphasize the need to foster healthy physical, mental, social, intellectual, and spiritual development for students and staff. Furthermore, we believe that community connectedness through healthy relationships with parents and community members leads to greater engagement, participation, knowledge and opportunity to gain new perspectives for the benefit of the entire community. Healthier students learn better and better educated students are healthier. Our students are involved in the construction and maintenance of the garden space, the resulting product selection and cultivation, and meal preparation for students in the school. Their enthusiasm and passion for growing their own food is ever increasingly evident. Growing food is not only a noble endeavour, it also leads to greater overall health, better understanding and problem solving, and interest in food sustainability, agricultural practices, and a commitment to environmental sustainability. Since 2006, the Aboriginal population has grown by 42.5% — more than four times the growth rate of the non-Aboriginal population over the same period. According to population projections, the number of Aboriginal people will continue to grow quickly. In the next two decades, the Aboriginal population is likely to exceed 2.5 million persons with proportionally more children and youth and fewer seniors. Traditional teachings and elder knowledge risk being lost. The St. Mary’s School community garden demonstrates that students who think critically, ask questions, manipulate, plan, sort, test, and investigate materials develop higher literacy skills, improved decision making, and the ability to make more informed choices. Growing food demonstrates that First Nations teachings are not lost, they are relevant now and will be in the future too as we work and learn to cherish our role as stewards of the earth. Just like the mustard seed, this project will continue to grow, thrive, and create strong healthy youth who invest in themselves and their community.

Faith Activity in Schools

Do you ever wonder how much we do in our schools to celebrate, support, and act with faith? Did you know that school administrators submit monthly data about the faith activity in our schools and that they have done so for several years? Do you wonder what happens to that data? Here are the graphs for September through January. Social justice activities tend to rank highest in our schools. We do serve!

  • Shelter Needs: Lighthouse, Friendship Centre, Interval House, etc.
  • Coats for Kids or other clothing drive
  • Provincial or National Social Causes ie. Telemiracle, United Way, Heart & Stroke, Canadian Diabetes Foundation, Cancer Research other than Terry Fox & Relay for Life, etc.
  • International Development: Mission Team, Free the Children, etc.
  • Food Drive or Empty Stocking
  • Jesse Tree
  • Bully Awareness Presentations
  • Visit to Seniors home
  • Gratitude presentation
  • Terry Fox Walk/Run
  • ME to WE
  • Walk for Life
  • Selected charities
  • Samaritans and/or Christmas shoe boxes
  • Toy drive

Well done LOCCS staff and students! You are the light of Christ! The data collected throughout the school year is used for an annual monitoring report for the Board of Education and our parish councils. Please contact Ramona Stillar if you would like more information.



Coming Events

Deanery Lenten Retreat

Bless Me Father for I Have Sinned...

March 5, Monday @ 6:30 pm at St. Vital Church, Battleford.

Sr. Teresita Kambeitz, OSU, will be the resource person. For more details, please, call the parish office (306)937-7340.

Spring Family Mass and Potluck

Everyone in our LOCCS family and their friends are invited to join in a traditional potluck dinner followed by Mass at St. Joseph Calasanctius Church on Saturday, April 21st. Dinner will be in the Parish Hall at 6:00 p.m. followed by Mass at 7:30 p.m.

Fr. Richard Leonard

Fr. Richard Leonard, SJ, is a writer and film critic who has written and spoken about cinema, culture, and faith on four continents. An Australian Jesuit with advanced degrees in theology and film, Leonard is the director of the Australian Catholic Film Office and author of Movies That Matter, Where the Hell is God?, What Does It All Mean?, and What Are We Doing On Earth for Christ's Sake. He will be in North Battleford at the Light of Christ Learning Centre from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. on April 22, 2018. Admission is $10.00/person.

Celebrations of Confirmation and First Eucharist

Saturday, May 12, 2018

  • 2:30pm Notre Dame, North Battleford
  • 7:30pm St. Joseph Calasanctius, North Battleford

Sunday, May 13, 2018

  • 11:00am St. Vital, Battleford

Roy Petitfils

Our faith development speaker on May 18, 2018 is Roy Petitfils. He will be at JPII on May 17th to work with students. His presentation, “Why is Happy So Hard?”, will share how he overcame a childhood of poverty, obesity and crippling anxiety and depression. His belief that our faith in God and treasures of our Catholic faith provide powerful tools to help manage and cope with stress, anxiety and depression will be a practical reminder for all. See more about Roy and download his resources for teachers and parents at http://www.roypetitfils.com/

Support for Catholic Education

Help ensure Catholic education is available to all who choose it, no matter the reason, for future generations. A Schools You Can Believe In fundraising campaign has been launched to cover the costs of appealing the Theodore court decision. That court decision would deny funding for non-Catholic students attending Catholic schools. The Government of Saskatchewan has invoked the notwithstanding clause to continue funding for all children whose parents choose Catholic education, but a permanent reversal of the decision is needed – the case will likely go to the Supreme Court of Canada. Donate to support the legal appeal of the Theodore court-case ruling to maintain funding for all who choose Catholic faith-based education.