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Light of Christ Catholic Schools Faith Development News

June 2018

May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

Psalm 72: 5

LOCCS Becomes a Strengths Based Organization

(We) can do all things through Christ who strengthens (us).

Philippians 4:13

Our overall goal as a Catholic school division is to permeate our faith in everything we do; our goal of becoming a strengths based organization is no different. We want everyone in the organization to work towards identifying and maximizing their individual talents and strengths within our Catholic faith. Once this is achieved, we can then use the knowledge, skills and abilities learned through the process to focus on how best to improve relationships and culture throughout the division.

All LOCCS staff members are reminded to complete the assessment to identify your top five strengths prior to June 8, 2018.

More information will be forthcoming about our August 27 Strengths Finder Faith and Professional Development Day.

Summer Message & Resources

Summer is a time we all look forward to with great anticipation. Some of us will be moving on to new places or to new responsibilities. Whether summer finds us working, resting, traveling, or studying it signals the end of one season and the emergence of something new. So, we reflect on the blessings of this school year, give thanks, and remember that our loving, healing and gracious God continues to be with us as we journey forth through the changes that summer will bring. Summer is also a time to unwind, relax, reflect, and spend precious days with family and friends. Sometimes we find ourselves challenged to attend Mass when the beaches and lakes are calling. This summer, consider connecting with one of our many resort community parishes or plan to visit a pilgrimage site like Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, the National Shrine of the Little Flower, the Grotto of Kateri Tekakwitha in File Hills, the Mount Carmel Shrine, or one of the many others scattered throughout the province. For Mass times, please visit the Diocesan website at https://www.padiocese.ca/parishes-mass-times.

Planning for Fall?

We always resume school during ordinary time in the Church. Religious themes from contemporary films might be something to consider for use during Ordinary Time. Common Sense Media provides full reviews of faith based movies appropriate for Preschoolers (2-4), Little Kids (5-7), Big Kids (8-9), Tweens (10-12), and Teens (13+). For example, War for the Planet of the Apes is rated PG-13 and is a great accompaniment to the book of Exodus and the story of Moses. The Incredibles, rated PG, can serve as a companion to teaching about identity and strength. If you enjoyed listening to Fr. Richard Leonard in April you can see his Oscar Award recommended films here or a full review of contemporary christian themed films on the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference website.

(**Please view all movies prior to using them in your classroom.**)

Do you ever wonder what life is like in Vatican City? The Pope's Cat by Jon M. Sweeney is a great resource for your elementary classroom or school library. You can see more about this book and many other French and English school resources for Pre-K to Grade 12 on the Novalis website. Many more online and recommended print resources including unit plans can be found on the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association website too.

Looking for the Liturgical Calendar to assist in your planning? The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops post it on their website at http://nlo.cccb.ca/index.php/liturgical-calendar.

School Happenings: Light of Christ Catholic Schools Serve

Holy Family

Service is important at Holy Family School. The Grade 4/5 class recently cleaned up the school yard, the Kindergarten and Grade 4 classes visited the residents at River Heights Lodge for Mother'S Day, and members of the Holy Family School Stewardship Club visited Crystal's Home to paint some wall art to be enjoyed by the residents. Crystal's Home provides a supervised independent living program for 12-17 year old females who are unable to remain at home due to child welfare issues.

John Paul II

JPII Grade 11 students recently participated in a Faith Retreat led by Dave McQuaid and Brian Bauche from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert. Retreats refresh and revitalize our faith through music, discussion, activity, prayer, and contemplation to deepen our relationship with God.

Monseigneur Blaise Morand

The grade 6 class at EMBM studies the beatitudes. They were taught the meaning of each part of the beatitudes. They each picked their favourite part and created a canvas work of art to share their learnings.

Grade 4 students learned about the stations of the cross and how each of us go through or will pass through all the stations that Jesus did. The students really became aware that the stations of the cross are not simply a path that Jesus had to pass but that we all do throughout our lives.

Notre Dame

On April 30th the Grade 7 students of Notre Dame School served their community by volunteering at the Humane Society Animal Shelter. They cleaned cages, litter boxes, walked dogs, and gave the animals some much needed love and attention.

Rivier School

Staff and students at Rivier School hold numerous fundraising activities throughout the year. The money from these fundraisers then goes to various charities that are chosen by the staff and students. One of Rivier's biggest events is the annual Rivier Day at the beginning of February which is a day that celebrates Mother Marie Rivier. The day starts with a Mass, then lunch is sold for anyone interested and is followed by a mini carnival during the afternoon. Everyone looks forward to this day every year! The money raised is split 3 ways - 1/3 goes to a local charity, 1/3 goes to a charity in developing countries(Global) and 1/3 is kept in the school.

St. Mary's

Celebrating Catholic Education Week

The staff and students spent time together praising and thanking God for the gift of Catholic Education.

The grade 3 students at St. Mary's School showed their appreciation for mothers around our community by creating and delivering Mother's Day cards.

St. Peter's School Faith Happenings 2018


St. Peter's School students have been busy. In 2018, Father Greg led Lenten adoration, joined in a student versus staff volleyball game, and strapped on his skis for our annual ski day. Creating and fostering community within the school and in a broader context is especially important. We prayed (with singing) the Divine Mercy Chaplet on the Monday right after Divine Mercy Sunday. We had this pre-planned and then in light of the Humboldt Broncos bus accident, we wore green and prayed specifically for the victims, families and friends of this tragedy. The entire school wore jerseys on Thursday, April 12 in honor and support of Humboldt Broncos.

Our Grade 2 students were actively involved in the Triduum celebration in our parish. Students were selected to bring up the oils on Thursday night (from the Chrism Mass). On Friday, they "enacted" the Passion as it was read, and on Holy Saturday we had some of our older students baptized.

The grade 4 class continues to go to Heritage Manor (senior living complex) monthly to entertain with music, play math games and visit with the seniors living in the building. Again this year, Mr. Baum and his grade 4 students have entered a choir in the Unity Music Festival which includes some of the seniors from Heritage Manor. They will join us at our school on Tuesday, April 17th to perform at the school portion of the Music Festival.

Most recently, during May we hosted a Pure Witness Retreat and grade 2 students had their sacramental retreat.

LOCCS Students Receive the Sacraments of Initiation

Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist are Sacraments of Initiation. LOCC students celebrated Confirmation and First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 12th to become full members of our Catholic Church. On May 11, the students were treated to a visit with Bishop Albert. Our sincere gratitude is extended to the teachers, Roxanne Anthony, Callie Combres, Jennifer Gentes, Donna Jackson, Kim Kipp, Natasha Nichol, Brienne Seery, Emilie Wolfe, and Val Yockey (RCIC) for their dedication, guidance, and time. Your willingness to share your faith and strengthen students relationship with God does not go unnoticed and is greatly appreciated. We also thank the CWL, the Knight of Columbus, the parish secretaries, and all others who supported and prayed for our candidates throughout their journey. As Bishop Albert reminded us, this is only the beginning. All of our students need our ongoing support, mentorship, and prayer throughout their lives. This is one of the many gifts provided by Catholic education.

Faith Activity Report

Upcoming Events

Ordination to the Priesthood

July 11, 2018

Both reverence and joy surround the Rite of Ordination. The Ordination Mass is steeped in tradition with many never before seen acts. Normally an Ordination Mass is held in the Mother Church of the Diocese, Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince Albert. Because Deacon Kendrick is from the Battlefords, the Bishop has graciously moved the Mass to St. Joseph Calasanctius Parish. Please plan to bear witness on July 11th as Deacon Kendrick Beler is ordained at St. Joseph Calasanctius Parish in North Battleford.

Steve Angrisano: Singer, Song Writer, Story Teller

August 29, 2018 Faith Development & Opening Mass

A consummate musician and master storyteller, Steve will captivate us with an inspiring message of passion and faith. In a world that is genuinely searching for hope and truth we are called to be intentional disciples, living our faith in big and small ways through our strengths, gifts, and talents, so that others desire to be a part of our community! Our day will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Learning Centre. There will be a one hour break for lunch and we will end the day with Mass beginning at 2:15 p.m. His Excellency Bishop Albert Thévenot will preside. More details will be forthcoming.

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.