St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School is committed to creating, in partnership with the home, and parish, a caring Catholic environment dedicated to the development of individuals with a life-long love of learning who will contribute to our society positively, using our Catholic Virtues and Catholic Graduate Expectations.
Our Patron Saint: St. Joseph
St. Joseph is the patron saint of our school. He was the foster father of Jesus and engaged to Mary. He is the patron of many groups and causes including the family, workers, and carpenters, Canada, immigrants, happy death, expectant mothers, social justice and the Universal Church. His feast day is March 19.
Our School Crest
Redesigned in the 2018-2019 school year, learn about our new logo.
St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School, in partnership with Parish, St. Joseph, Patron of Canada, is committed to providing for the spiritual care and development of children and staff. We are pleased to announce that the Halton Catholic District School Board’s Theological Theme, “Do You Love Me?” (John 21:15-17) was launched in October, 2017.
Following the transformative question asked in the previous theme, “Who Do You Say That I Am?”, the new theme calls us to enter into the fullness of a deeper understanding and relationship with the Lord, asking, “Do You Love Me?”
This Focus on Faith Theme is derived from Scripture, informed by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and is inspired by John 21:15-17, in which Jesus repeatedly asks his beloved disciple Peter, “Do you love Me?”
Every 4 years, since 2007, a new Theological Theme is introduced to lead our Catholic learning environments, staff, curriculum, and faith community. For more information visit https://www.hcdsb.org/Community/Pages/Focus-on-Faith.aspx
Catholic Graduate Expectations
- A discerning believer formed in the Catholic Faith community who celebrates the signs and sacred mystery of God’s presence through word, sacrament, prayer, forgiveness, reflection and moral living.
- An effective communicator, who speaks, writes and listens honestly and sensitively, responding critically in light of gospel values.
- A reflective, creative and holistic thinker who solves problems and makes responsible decisions with an informed moral conscience for the common good.
- A self-directed, responsible, lifelong learner who develops and demonstrates their God-given potential.
- A collaborative contributor who finds meaning, dignity and vocation in work, which respects the rights of all and contributes to the common good. A caring family member who attends to family, school, parish and the wider community.
- A responsible citizen who gives witness to Catholic social teaching by promoting peace, justice and the sacredness of human life.
Link to video:
- Link to Institute for Catholic Education Resources http://www.iceont.ca/ice-publications.aspx
- Link to CARFLEO http://www.carfleo.org/index.html
In addition to the Theological Theme and the Catholic Graduate Expectations, as a school community we participate in the following:
CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST
Celebration of the Eucharist each Sunday, along with celebrations offered for the school communities in the parish:
To prepare for these celebrations we will offer Penitential Liturgies in the School during the Season of Lent – students and staff will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at school and/or are invited to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in their 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 with the Imposition of Ashes will take place at the school. Please refer to the school calendar for the time of the celebration.
CATHOLIC VIRTUES/ CATHOLIC GRADUATE EXPECTATION LITURGIES
These liturgies are held each month and will continue to introduce the focus of these school-wide initiatives while making specific connections to scripture. These assist all members of the St. Joseph to “Use the Gifts that God has Given Them” in light of our highlighted Virtue / Catholic Graduate Expectation each month. Please refer to the school calendar for the time and date of these celebrations.
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.
Grade Two Students: Sacrament of Reconciliation and Sacrament of the Eucharist
Grade Seven Students: Sacrament of ConfirmationAbout Our School