October is a great month across Niagara Catholic! It’s a time when we give thanks for the many blessings we have here in Niagara and in Canada, and give back to those in need at home and around the world.
This month, Niagara Catholic students and staff will participate in a variety of events and celebrate several milestones. We hope you will enjoy reading about them on our Good News Blog and will join us for public events at our schools and in our communities.
On October 2, students and staff from across Niagara Catholic will travel to Toronto to participate in We Day. This incredibly moving and exhilarating experience is a fantastic way for Niagara Catholic to begin a month focused on social justice.
On October 5, Niagara Catholic will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of World Teachers’ Day. This special day, created by the United Nations, recognizes the work of all teachers around the world, especially those who risk their lives to impart education to children in dangerous places around the globe. Thank you to our very special teachers, who enrich the lives of the 24,000 Niagara Catholic students each and every day.
On October 9, Niagara Catholic will celebrate some of our most inspirational staff during the Second Annual Director of Education’s Inspiration Awards. Congratulations to our 17 winners. The recipients will be honoured with a celebration at St. Kevin Roman Catholic Church in Welland, following a Mass led by Bishop Gerard Bergie.
October 10 is a Professional Development Day for all elementary and secondary schools. Enjoy the extra day of the long weekend. If you are a former student or staff member at Saint Michael Catholic High School, please stop by the school on Saturday, October 11 for the 25th Anniversary Reunion. A reminder that our schools are closed on Monday, October 13 for Thanksgiving. Please enjoy this time with your family and friends.
Support Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School’s Arts Department on October 17, by playing Name That Tune. Tickets cost $10 per person. To reserve spots, or buy a table of 8 or 10, please call 905.937.6446.
On October 25, eight Niagara Catholic students will be honoured alongside their peers from Catholic schools across Ontario at the annual Father Fogarty Awards. These awards recognize some of the best and brightest in Catholic education. Congratulations to Niagara Catholic’s eight winners.
While our elementary students participate in Holy Childhood Walks throughout October, thousands of Niagara Catholic secondary students, parents, staff and alumni will participate in the Annual Pilgrimage on Sunday, October 26. Niagara Catholic has raised more than $6.4 million for a variety of social justice issues around the world since 1975. Thank you to all those who have generously supported our Pilgrimage!
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.