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Weekly Update: October 21st

“Always be ready to inspire hope”

Pope Francis

Thank you:

Thank you to Mr. Gowan for organizing the “Student Vote” for our students in gr. 4-8!

Thank you to all those families who have been supporting our upcoming Major Fundraiser ~ Our Halloween Dance-a-thon! Please stay tuned for the Dance Schedule as parents will be welcome to join us in the gym during their child’s “dance time”!

Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who have dedicated their time and energy to organizing our Halloween Dance-a-thon! Our students & staff are looking forward to celebrating and spending time together as a community!

Gentle Reminders:

We are very excited to see all of the wonderful Halloween Costumes at our Dance-a-Thon on Thursday, October 31st! Please note students will not be permitted to wear masks or bring any props that resemble weapons~ Thank you for your attention and support with this!

Halton Food for Thought – Great Big Crunch Event

Students will be participating in the Great Big Crunch Event on Thursday October 24th. Each child will be given an apple to promote this healthy eating initiative. Our entire school population will be participating in a “synchronized” crunch time at 2:25pm.

Popcorn Sales

The Grade 8 students will be selling popcorn to raise funds for their Graduation Trip to Toronto.  If you are interested in supporting our students, popcorn purchases will be available through School Cash Online. This year the cost will be $2.50/bag. Popcorn will be distributed on Thursdays and Fridays, beginning Friday, November 1st and ending Friday December 13th .  A new sale cycle will begin in January.

St. Paul Parish News October-November 2019

The fall has been a busy season for the parish already with ministries and groups back in action, school masses to start the year and sacramental preparation meetings being held. There are a number of things going in these final weeks of October and the month of November and the parish invites all families to participate and be active in the life of the parish. Please refer to the website or the bulletin for more details.

The Social Committee is hosting its annual Octoberfest Family Night Out on Saturday October 19th at 6pm. Tickets are on sale after masses over Thanksgiving weekend. Come out for a sausage, potato salad and dessert. Tickets are $10 each, children under 5 are free. Beer and wine and pop will be available for sale at the event.

A Mass of Anointing will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday October 26th followed by a reception in the parish hall hosted by the Catholic Women’s League. The sacrament of the sick is a moment of grace in the lives of all who are struggling with illness. Do you have a chronic illness, a cancer diagnosis, are awaiting surgery or are growing frail as you age? Join us for this special moment of God’s healing grace.

Christmas Bazaar – the annual Catholic Women’s League premier event will take place Saturday November 9th, 9am-3pm. There will be a wide range of vendors offering gift items for sale, a bake room, a tea room and luncheon room in addition to free face painting for children, Penny Sale and Silent Auction. Admission of $1 with all admission proceeds going to Carpenter Hospice.

Coffee Sunday – following the Bazaar on Sunday November 10th and hosted in partnership by the CWL and St. Timothy Elementary School. Please join us after the 9 am and 11 am mass in the hall for refreshments and fellowship. Many of the Bazaar vendors from the day prior remain on site for this event.

As November comes to a close we will begin First Reconciliation celebrations for our Grade 2 students. Please pray for them as they discover God’s mercy in a new way for the first time

Promoting Well-Being – Free Ways to Enhance Your Well-Being

The good news is health and wellness doesn’t discriminate and is available for all levels of income. The following suggestions are for anyone interested in strengthening one’s wellbeing—without weakening the wallet… we will highlight one of 12 ways in our updates:


Positive psychology has demonstrated a link between gratefulness and overall health. Robert Emmons, and his colleagues at the University of California, at Davis, examined the results of daily record keeping and gratitude. They found those that recorded up to 5 things to be grateful for also reported a higher level of overall positive affect coupled with feeling optimistic about the future (as opposed to those that beefed about life’s irritations). In addition to more positive feelings about life, Emmons found the practice of daily gratitude enhanced overall sleep habits.

So how does the average “Negative Nelly” make a change towards more positive thoughts? The good news is this choice is ours and free of charge. We can begin to make this change at our own pace. The bad news is it may take a while and is something that demands our attention if we are going to see that glass half full. By being mindful of our thoughts we can slowly replace them by listing all the good things in our lives…even if it is as simple as having eyes to read this article.



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