St. Francis of Assisi School is committed to creating, in partnership with home, school and parish, a caring Catholic environment dedicated to the development of individuals with a life-long love of learning who will contribute positively to society.
Pope Francis to Our Young People
Pope Francis serves as an excellent role model for our staff and students. When he selected his name after our school’s patron saint, Pope Francis reminded us to not be afraid, and to serve. He encourages us to be humbly attentive to the truth, goodness, and beauty that come from God alone.
With inspiration from Pope Francis, each day at St. Francis of Assisi School our students are reminded to use the gifts that God has given them, and to not be afraid to dream of great things!
Our Patron Saint
Francis was born around 1181. After two illnesses and other adventures, Francis realized that he was wasting precious time and became aware that he should be serving Jesus. He began by praying more and making sacrifices to grow strong in spirit. Francis put all his trust in his Father in heaven. Everywhere he went, he urged people to stop sinning and return to God. Soon many men began to realize how close to God this man was, and they became his disciples. That is how the great Franciscan order of priests and brothers began. They helped the poor and sick and preached everywhere. St. Francis had the power of working miracles and even of making birds and animals obey him. Toward the end of his life, he became very sick. He was told he would live only a few more weeks. Then he urged his brothers to love God, to love being poor, and to obey the Gospel. “I have done my part,” he said. “May Jesus teach you to do yours.” Francis died on October 3, 1226. He was proclaimed a saint a short time later by Pope Honorius III. St. Francis wanted to be happy more than anything in life. He found happiness when he made Jesus the center of his life. We can ask St. Francis to show us what is really valuable in our lives and what is not.
2020 – 2021 School Hours
10:30am – 10:45am and 11:10am – 11:25am
12:10pm – 1:10pm
1:50pm – 2:05pm and 2:30 pm – 2:45pm
2020-2021 Pastoral Plan
St. Francis of Assisi School, in partnership with Holy Cross Parish, is committed to providing for the spiritual care and development of children and staff. During the 2020 – 2021 school year, we will concentrate on assisting our students to articulate the grade specific Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations and our Focus on Faith Themes and Essential Questions.
CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our pastors Fr. Dave and Fr. Hayden are unable to celebrate the Eucharist with our students and staff. All families are encouraged to celebrate the Eucharist as a community at Holy Cross Church. Learn more about our parish here: Holy Cross Parish
The beginning of Lent is marked with the observance of Ash Wednesday – a day of universal fast and abstinence from meat for Catholics. A liturgy of the Word will take place at the school:
- February 17, 2021 – 11:00am
A decision regarding the imposition of Ashes will be made according to guidelines related to COVID-19 safety measures.
- April 1, 2021- 1:30pm – Stations of the Cross
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK
Catholic Education Week is held each year in May in across the province. Catholic Education Week for 2021 is scheduled to take place during the week of May 3 – May 7, 2021. This year’s theme is “Nurturing Hope”.
- May 4, 2021 – 11:00am – Catholic Education Week liturgy
ONTARIO CATHOLIC SCHOOL GRADUATE EXPECTATIONS AND GRADE LEVEL FOCUS ON FAITH THEMES AND ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS
Each month our school will focus on a specific Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectation, Liturgical Season, or Grade Level Focus on Faith Theme and Essential Question through daily reminders, classroom reflections, liturgical celebrations and visible cues.
We will celebrate with a monthly liturgy that will introduce the school-wide focus to our students, while making specific connections to scripture. These assist all members of the St. Francis of Assisi school community to “Use the Gifts that God has Given Them”.
- November – Catholic Graduate Expectation – An Effective Communicator
- December – Advent
- January – Catholic Graduate Expectation – A Caring Family Member
- February – Who is the Holy Spirit?
- March – Who is God?
- April – Catholic Graduate Expectation – A Discerning Believer
- May – Catholic Education Week: “Nurturing Hope”
- June – Where is God?
The celebration of the Sacraments for Catholics are celebrations of the parish community. Parents are the first teachers of their children in the faith. They are supported in this mission by teachers who provide immediate catechesis at school, and the parish community which is the place of celebration and the record keeper. Our parish encourages families to regularly attend Sunday Mass in order to celebrate the Sacraments as a way of deepening their identification with the Catholic community.About Our School