October 2017

How is it possible that the first month of school has come and gone so quickly! From celebrating a new era in Catholic education in Smithville, to the many elementary and secondary arts, athletic and other co-curriulars getting under way, September was a very busy month. And October? Well, that’s the month we focus on our blessings and give back to the communities we serve both at home and overseas. Here’s a list of some of the key events taking place throughout Niagara Catholic in September. Check your child’s school calendar or newsletter for events that are specific to their school.

October is a month dedicated to many causes, among them are Child Abuse Prevention and Autism Awareness. This month we also celebrate International Manufacturing Week and Mental Illness Awareness Week. We also had students and staff kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by participating in local Run for the Cure events in their communities on October 1. As well, elementary students across the system will participate in Holy Childhood Walks in their neighbourhoods this month, raising money for the Holy Childhood Association to support projects in the developing world.

On October 5, Niagara Catholic will proudly showcase our innovative Niagara Launch Centre: Powered by Niagara Catholic. We’ll begin the day at the Catholic Education Centre at 9 a.m. for a flag raising and speeches, and will then make our way over to the former Target store at the Seaway Mall to see the incredible skills being learned by students in some of our technology programs. The Niagara Launch Centre is helping prepare our students for relevant, lucrative and fulfilling 21st century careers, and we are proud to showcase this cutting-edge program. Check the Good News section of our website after the event for pictures and videos.

October 5 is also World Teachers’ Day, as declared by the United Nations. If you have a chance, thank a teacher who left their mark on your life.

An extra-long weekend begins for our students on October 6, which is an elementary and secondary PA Day. On October 9, students and staff will have the day off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. 

On October 13, the Saint Paul Catholic High School community and the Niagara Falls Soccer Club will be on hand to officially open the new turf field at Saint Paul Catholic High School. This field is an excellent example of public and community partnerships! The celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. and more details will be announced as they become available.

On October 19, we will honour the 2017 recipients of the Director’s Inspiration Awards. We will announce the recipients shortly, and celebrate them at a Mass and Awards Reception at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church on St. Paul Street West in St. Catharines.

We end October as we always do with our Annual Pilgrimage. Pilgrimage Sunday is the final Sunday in October, and this year, that’s October 29. We hope this nice weather will extend into the latter part of the month so students don’t have to dodge snowflakes as they walk through the streets in their communities. This year’s Pilgrimage will be especially significant to places such as Haiti, Dominica and the Dominican Republic, which were devastated by hurricanes in September. If you feel compelled to donate to a cause supported by our Pilgrimage, contact your school of choice to make a contribution. 


We wish everyone a wonderful second month of school!