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.
During the June 18 Board Meeting, trustees approved two policies:
Community Use of Facilities Policy (800.2) and Bullying Prevention and Intervention Policy (302.6.8) are available on the Board website for public review.
2019-2020 Annual Budget
Niagara Catholic’s Board of Trustees approved the original estimates for the 2019-2020 Annual Budget during the June 18 Board Meeting. The estimates are built on an approximate enrollment of 20,878 students in 2019-2020. The complete report is available in section C2 of the June 18 Board Meeting agenda.
The 2019-2020 Annual Budget book will be available on the Board website in early July.
Saying Goodbye to Trustee Madison McKinney
During the final Board meeting for 2018-2019, outgoing student trustee Madison McKinney offered a very heartfelt farewell and thank you to her colleague Jade Bilodeau, Niagara Catholic’s Board of Trustees and members of senior staff.
Jade, who will return for the second of her two-year mandate, joined by incoming student truestee Luca DiPietro, also had kind words for the Board and for Maddie, who will attend Carleton University in the fall.
Provincial and National Medalists
Two student-athletes were recognized during the June 18 Board Meeting for their accomplishments in provincial competition.
Dylan Wall, a Grade 12 student at Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School, was recognized for her OFSAA Silver medal in girls’ singles tennis, and Paige Nevestuk, a Grade 10 student at Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School, was recognized for her Gold medal in Girls’ 200-metre wheelchair in OFSAA’s para-track event.
They each received Excellence in Sport pins for their accomplishments.
Niagara Catholic Has Record-Breaking 10th Year of 100 Percent EcoSchools Certification
Niagara Catholic Director of Education John Crocco is pleased to announce that the Board has received 100 per cent EcoSchools certification for the ninth consecutive year.
The Ontario EcoSchools program integrates environmental education, environmentally sound practices and environmentally responsible actions into a school or classroom setting. This creates a culture of conservation that is ingrained in students from their early years that they will practise at home and at school, and changes the habits of teaching and school staff. Niagara Catholic was the first school board in Ontario to receive 100 per cent EcoSchools certification in 2010, and is the only Board to have had 10 consecutive years of Board-wide certification.
Read the EcoSchools media release here.
Have you checked out our Good News page lately? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on the great things happening in the system. We have some great stories and photos you won’t want to miss, including this story about two of our outstanding students from Saint Paul Catholic High School, and stories and videos from St. George Catholic Elementary School and the Niagara Launch Centre.
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.