June 2014

PicnicIt’s hard to believe we have reached the end of another exciting school year! June is another busy month, as we conclude so many wonderful things that started this year!


On June 1, Niagara Catholic staff will come together as a family for the annual Niagara Catholic Family Picnic at Queenston Heights. This will be a day filled with faith and fellowship, beginning with a Mass led by Bishop Bergie and an afternoon of activities for kids.


On June 4, the Lakeshore Catholic High School Jazz Band will perform the National Anthem prior to the Cleveland Indians-Boston Red Sox game at Progressive Field in Cleveland. We hope to get this thrilling performance on video, so check Niagara Catholic TV in June to see them in action.


Parents, family members and friends of our incredibly talented secondary school artists are invited to join us at the Catholic Education Centre on June 5 for the launch of the Young Artists Gallery. This event begins at 6:30 p.m. As with our Primary, Junior and Intermediate students, the artwork is displayed in the public sections of the Catholic Education Centre, and we encourage you to take a look at the work when you visit the Catholic Education Centre.



The Roots of Empathy Program teaches elementary students the concept of thinking beyond themselves by watching a newborn through its first year of life. On June 10, Niagara Catholic will host our youngest “teachers” and their mothers at the Roots of Empathy Celebration at the Catholic Education Centre.


Michael J. Brennan Catholic Elementary School opened its doors in September 1976. After nearly 40 years, it will close its doors for the final time on June 27. Join the Michael J. Brennan School Community for a Closing Celebration on June 11 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. On June 12, students, staff and families will take part in a Closing Mass to celebrate Michael J. Brennan’s rich history of Catholic education in the north end of St. Catharines.


Every year, the June Director’s Meeting is dedicated to celebrating the past year, and our past leaders. The Administrator’s/Past Leaders Luncheon will take place on June 18.


Secondary exams begin on June 19. For many, this will be the final set of high school exams before the set off for an apprenticeship, college, university or the world of work. We wish all of our students well as they prepare for and write the second semester final exams.


After serving the needs of families in Niagara Falls since the 1950s, St. Thomas More Catholic Elementary School will close its doors for the final time on June 27. Students, staff and families will participate in a Closing Mass on June 20.



Each June, Niagara Catholic celebrates our long-serving and retiring employees during the Retirement and Service Recognition Dinner. This year’s event will take place June 21 at Club Roma.


The final week of June is a special time for Niagara Catholic, as our graduation ceremonies take place. Click here for a list of elementary graduations dates, times and locations.


Three graduation ceremonies will take place on June 24 – Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School will hold its graduation at 7 p.m. at Brock University; Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School will hold its graduation at 7 p.m. at Niagara College and Saint Paul Catholic High School will hold its graduation ceremony at the Scotiabank Convention Centre at 7 p.m.



Denis Morris Catholic High School, Notre Dame College School and Saint Francis Catholic Secondary School will hold graduation ceremonies on June 25. Denis Morris’s ceremony will take place at Brock University at 7 p.m., Notre Dame’s will take place at the Welland Arena at 7 p.m. and the Saint Francis graduation ceremony will take place at Niagara College at 6 p.m.


The final two of our eight Catholic high schools will hold graduation ceremonies on June 26: Lakeshore Catholic High School’s will take place at the Vale Centre at 7 p.m., and Saint Michael Catholic High School will hold its graduation ceremony at Niagara College, beginning at 7 p.m.


June 26 is a Professional Development Day for our secondary schools, and the final day of classes for our elementary schools is June 27.


Please note that our schools will be closed throughout the summer, but the Catholic Education Centre will be open to answer any questions you may have. Please call 905.735.0240 for assistance.


Have a safe and fun summer and we’ll see you in September!