October is one of the busiest months in the school year at Niagara Catholic, filled with celebrations and social justice activities.
We kick it off on October 1, when students from across the system participate in We Day in Toronto. This day-long event always energizes and inspires students and staff to do more for their schools, their communities and the world!
World Teachers’ Day is October 5. This global event is an initiative of the United Nations, and is intended to call attention to teachers who work in places around the world where they do not have adequate supplies, where teaching is considered a dangerous job and where students risk their lives to get an education. Thank you to our teachers at Niagara Catholic for all you do to enrich the lives of our students every day.
On October 8, we will celebrate some of 13 current Niagara Catholic teachers and two recent retirees – the 2015 recipients of the Director of Education’s Inspiration Award – during a special Mass and celebration at Our Lady of the Scapular Church in Niagara Falls. This is a peer-nominated award and is open to all Niagara Catholic staff. Congratulations to our 2015 recipients, who exemplify the best in Catholic educators: Anthony Arcuri, Christine Battagli, Sylvia Berezowski, Ron Bobyk, Mario DiVittorio, Jean Paul Dupont, Andrea Egan, Susan Kirkup, Teresa Lenahan, Angela Maccaroni, Josephine Moretuzzo, Michelle Murrell, Susan Ume, Sandra Vasas and Maria Volante. Nominations for the 2016 Director of Education’s Inspiration Award will open in June, 2016.
A reminder for parents that Friday, October 9 is a Professional Activity Day. And all schools and sites will be closed on Monday, October 12, in observance of Thanksgiving.
Sunday, October 25 is Pilgrimage Sunday at Niagara Catholic. Forty years ago, Father Jim Mulligan brought the idea of a Pilgrimage – similar to one he experienced while on a sabbatical in Paris – to the students and staff at Notre Dame College School. The funds raised in the event went to Miles for Millions, to alleviate world hunger. Today, all eight Niagara Catholic participate in Pilgrimage and have raised more than $6 million for a variety of social justice initiatives around the world. We invite alumni from our Catholic secondary schools, local politicians, parishioners and members of our communities to join in these walks in 2015. Details of the 2015 Pilgrimage walks in Grimsby, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne, St. Catharines and Welland are available here.
The mission of the Diocese of St. Catharines is founded in the mission of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus states that He came down from heaven, "not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me." (Jn6:38) Jesus' mission is doing the will of his Father. This is the will of the Father, "that all who see the Son and believe in him will have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day". (Jn 6:40)
The Diocese of St. Catharines' mission is rooted in doing the Father's will by proclaiming His son to the world so that all can know, love and serve Him. This mission is lived out on a daily basis in our parishes, schools and Catholic institutions. We find clergy, religious and laity committed to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ by witnessing to His truth, justice, love and mercy. St. Catharines Diocese is where faith lives.
The Niagara Catholic District School Board, through the charisms of faith, social justice, support and leadership, nurtures an enriching Catholic learning community for all to reach their full potential and become living witnesses of Christ.