Welcome back to a brand new year! It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the halfway point of the 2014-2015 school year. January is another very busy month at Niagara Catholic, and we invite you to read on for details about what’s happening at our schools and sites across the system.
All Grade 8 students are invited to visit their neighbourhood Niagara Catholic secondary school to learn more about becoming a part of the Thunder, Redmen, Raiders, Gators, Irish, Phoenix, Mustangs or Patriots in September 2015. Make the #NCSmartChoice and register to attend one of our eight Catholic high schools today.
Our Kindergarten Open House and registration will take place at ALL Niagara Catholic elementary schools on January 14. Parents are invited to visit their neighbourhood Catholic elementary school between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. to register their child.
The following documents are required to complete the registration: Birth certificate, baptism certificate, Ontario Health Card and Proof of Immunization and proof of address. We look forward to welcoming your son or daughter to a Niagara Catholic school in September as they begin their journey in Catholic education.
One of the most special ways we celebrate is through our annual Baby Celebration. This annual event brings together staff who had babies in the previous year for a morning of celebration with their little ones at the Catholic Education Centre.
This year’s Baby Celebration will take place on Wednesday, January 14. We look forward to welcoming the newest members of the Niagara Catholic family – the Class of 2032 – to the Catholic Education Centre for a morning of fun and fellowship.
A quick reminder: January 16 is an elementary Professional Development Day.
Secondary exams take place from January 23 through January 29. Good luck to all students writing their exams.
January 27 is Family Literacy Day, and Niagara Catholic will celebrate it by hosting a system-wide event aimed at promoting literacy. This new Family Literacy Day program will take place at Monsignor Clancy Catholic Elementary School in Thorold, and will include a Scrabble Tournament and a Spelling Bee/Word Challenge and other literacy activities throughout the day.
Parents are welcome to attend this event and are encouraged to participate in our Scrabble Tournament and Spelling Bee. Please contact your child’s school to participate.
January 30 is a secondary Professional Activity Day. The second semester begins on Monday, February 1.
Have a spectacular month!
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.
Holy Childhood Walk raises $18,800
In 1984, Niagara Catholic began holding Holy Childhood Walks in Catholic elementary schools, in support of the Holy Childhood Association. These walks take place in October, the same month our secondary school students participate in the Annual Pilgrimage.
In October, students from 44 Niagara Catholic elementary school participated in Holy Childhood Walks, raising $18,816 for projects in Africa, South America and Asia through the Holy Childhood Association.
To date, Niagara Catholic students have raised more than $641,000 for the organization.
Niagara Catholic to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Committee of the Whole has recommended to the Board that, beginning in February, Niagara Catholic Committee of the Whole and Board Meetings will begin with the Angelus and conclude with the Hail Mary.
During the January 13 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Director of Education John Crocco introduced a report recommending Niagara Catholic follow the lead of Bishop Bergie and the Diocese of St. Catharines to have the Niagara Catholic District School Board consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This consecration will put our Board “in a very special way under the spiritual care and protection of our Lord and His Blessed Mother.”
The Diocese of St. Catharines was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sacred Heart of Jesus on November 25, 2013. The timing followed the example of Pope Francis, who had brought the Year of Faith to a close a day before with the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, asking her to intercede for the world “with the benevolence of a mother.”
Welcoming the Class of 2032
More than 40 mothers – and one new father – and their babies braved the cold weather January 14 to participate in the Board’s fifth annual Baby Celebration. This annual event is one of the many ways in which we come together as a Niagara Catholic family to celebrate the special moments in each other’s lives.
View photos from this year’s event on our website.
Niagara Catholic in the News
Niagara Catholic has been in the news! In case you’ve missed it, you can find these stories about Niagara Catholic online:
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.