We begin November with All Saints’ Day on November 1, and All Souls’ Day November 2.
Also on November 2 we will celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day in Niagara. This year, some of our schools and the Catholic Education Centre will support Socks for Change to provide warm socks for people living in poverty or on the street in Niagara.
Remembrance Day is a Sunday this year, so students will honour those who gave their lives in Canada’s wars and all those who served in Remembrance Day assemblies and talks at their schools during the week of November 5-9.
November 14 is Take Our Kids to Work Day. Grade 9s across Niagara Catholic will spend a day working with a parent, family member or family friend to experience a day in the life of the person they are shadowing. This allows students the opportunity to learn about the different career paths available to them.
November 16 is a Professional Activity Day for elementary and secondary students. Enjoy the long weekend!
On November 19, we will celebrate our artists in Grades 4 through 6 with our Celebrating Junior Artists gallery opening at the Catholic Education Centre. Students whose work has been selected to be displayed at the CEC and their families are invited to the gallery opening.
Secondary school open houses begin on November 20 and continue through November 29. Our Kindergarten Open House and Registration Day is November 21. Please click on the Open House and Registration Days slide on the main page of the website to get the dates and times of the open houses for your neighbourhood Catholic secondary school. If you can’t make it, our principals will be happy to welcome you to the school for a tour at a time that works for you. Registration is available online at any time through this website.
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.
December 4, 2018
The Board of Trustees elected for 2018-2022 began their term of office on December 4 with a Mass and Commissioning at St. Julia Catholic Church, officiated by Bishop Bergie. The Inaugural Board Meeting followed in the Alumni Theatre at Denis Morris Catholic High School, where the Honourable Madame Justice Jane Milanetti of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice administered the Declaration and the Oath of Allegiance to each Trustee. Trustee Frank Fera was acclaimed as Chair of the Board and Trustee Dino Sicoli was elected Vice-Chair of the Board until December 2019. Congratulations to Chair Fera and Vice-Chair Sicoli. Chair Fera and Chair Sicoli’s opening remarks are available on the Board website. We look forward to working with our Board of Trustees as we continue to build upon Niagara Catholic’s strong foundation of excellence in Catholic education.
Appreciation is extended to Monsignor Leo Clutterbuck, Pastor of St. Julia Catholic Church, Board Chaplaincy Leader Krista Wood, Denis Morris Catholic High School Principal Dan Di Lorenzo, and the DM Choir, Student Council, Prefects and staff for their participation in Mass, and for planning and hosting the Inaugural Meeting.
A very special thank you to Bishop Bergie, Bishop of St. Catharines and Honourary Chair of the Board, Justice Milanetti, Principals, Vice-Principals, Administrators, staff and partners in Catholic education for your presence at the Mass and Inaugural Meeting.
Capital Projects Update
The first Committee of the Whole Meeting of the new term of the Board saw a number of housekeeping items attended to by trustees.
The new Board received an update on capital projects currently in progress. Design work for the $1.5-million expansion to include 49 new child care spaces at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary School in Niagara is under way. Occupancy is expected in Fall of 2019.
Design work is also currently under way for the $5-million expansion and renovation to Monsignor Clancy Catholic Elementary School, to accommodate the consolidation of Monsignor Clancy and St. Charles Catholic Elementary Schools.
Accountability Financial Report Presented
Niagara Catholic’s auditors have completed their annual year-end audit, and our Consolidated Audited Financial Statements for fiscal year-end 2017-2018. Niagara Catholic ended the fiscal year with an accumulated operating fund surplus of $4.3 million. Read the complete report in section C2 of the agenda, available here.
Keep up with Niagara Catholic
Have you checked our Good News page lately? If you’re not, you could be missing some great stories. Hop on over to see what’s new at Niagara Catholic, including our coverage of the visit of Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, to Niagara Catholic on November 27. While you’re online, take a moment to watch our adorable Kindergarten Open House video and a video featuring our secondary school students, who tell us why they love their school, and a very cute video featuring students from St. Alexander Catholic Elementary School.
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