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Weekly Update: March 2-6, 2020

Prayer is the raising of the mind to God. We must always remember this. The actual words matter less.

~ Pope John XXIII ~

Our Lenten Journey

This past week, we began our Lenten journey in community. Shrove Tuesday is more than just a day to eat pancakes; it is the day we all commit ourselves to a deeper and more meaningful journey and conversation with Christ. In community, we accompany each other in the discovery of our shared story with Christ and how each of us is loved.  We are called to a deeper and lasting relationship with our Saviour and with each other.

Shrove Tuesday was an opportunity to celebrate community before beginning our Lenten journey.  This beautiful celebration would not have been possible had it not been for the amazing parent volunteers that gave up their time to prepare and cook hundreds of pancakes!  Your selflessness was appreciated by all!

Our Ash Wednesday liturgy was a beautiful way to begin our Lenten season.  Thank you to our Grade 5 classes, Mr. Sutton, Mr. Main and Mme Peric for organizing our service, and to our Choir, led by Mrs. Cottrell & Mrs. Schmidt, for their Music ministry. We thank all parents and community members that joined us in this liturgy.

A message from our Parish

Please note thatFather Dave has shared dates for special Parish events that will take place throughout the Lenten season.  All dates will be noted in our website calendar as well.

Fridays at 7pm – Stations of the Cross

March 7 – 11 – Parish Lenten Retreat: “Conversion in the Ordinary: Discovering God in Everyday Life” with Fr. David Perrin.

March 24th at 7pm — Family of Schools Lenten Mass  

March 25 at 7pm – Lenten Reconciliation Service (with several priests present)

We know how busy Holy Cross families are, so we will continue to send reminders as the dates approach, through our Weekly Update!

Sports/Jersey Day at Holy Cross!

On Friday March 6th, students will be invited to wear their favourite sportswear or team jersey and to contribute at least $1.00 in support of the Holy Cross Bowling Team.  This team of staff members representing Holy Cross will bowl on Friday evening in the annual Bowl for Kids Sake Challenge.  All proceeds support Big Brothers, Big Sisters programs which directly benefit Holy Cross students.  The School Cash-on-line link will be sent out on Monday March 2nd and stay open until Monday March 9th.  Thank you for your support!

Grade 7 Immunizations

A gentle reminder to our Grade 7 students & their parents that the next round of immunizations take place this Monday.

Holy Cross Tips

The recent cold snap makes for perfect curl-up-and-read weather!   Over the next stint, Holy Cross staff will share some of their favourite picks for consideration.  From the Junior division (right on the heels of  our See the Problem, Be the Solution Anti-Bullying Assembly) :

The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander – By Barbara Coloroso

In The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, Barbara Coloroso gives parents, caregivers, educators—and most of all, kids—the tools to break the cycle of bullying. Drawing on her decades of work with troubled youth, and her wide experience in the areas of conflict resolution and reconciliatory justice, Coloroso offers a compassionate and practical guide to this challenging and complex issue.

Upcoming Events

Please check our school calendar found on our school website to keep on top of upcoming events: https://elem.hcdsb.org/holycross/calendar/

AM Toltl/M. Simon
Principal/Vice Principal

Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update: March 2-6, 2020