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Community Update: June 14, 2021

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Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. Psalm 139:14

God, you created us in your image and likeness. We have our dignity in you. We are yours. May we ever be aware of our infinite value. May we delight in how awesomely, wondrously we are made and never hide our light but, place it on a stand so it can shine for all to see. Inspire in us a deep respect for all those you created as we create spaces that included and celebrate all. As light hits a prism and separates into many beautiful colours, so your people, in multiple and wondrous ways, reflect the one light, our God.

Pride Awareness Day

Please join us on Monday June 14th, as we celebrate Pride Awareness Day. On this day, we will join other schools in the HCDSB to raise awareness and nurture our call to build safe and inclusive learning environments where every student and every member of the community is welcomed, valued, and respected.

Kindergarten Update

Our team here at the school will be in touch with our youngest Catholic school students later this month to explain start up procedures. Letters will be sent to our Year 1 ( new Kindergarten Students/Parents) and our Year 2 returning families. Please call the office if you have any questions before this time.

HCDSB Strategic Plan Feedback

We value your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete the HCDSB Strategic Plan Monitoring Survey: http://bit.ly/StratPlanSurvey2021. The survey will be open from June 9th until June 23 rd. Results will be used by senior staff to help evaluate our progress in meeting the goals of our Strategic Plan “Focus on Our Students: Strategic Plan 2016-2021” and will be included in the “Directors Report to Trustees – Year 5 of Implementation” in the fall. The survey is completely anonymous, and all data will be stored and protected by Research & Development Services. Questions about the survey can be directed to research@hcdsb.org.

Catholic Parent Involvement Committee Speaker Series

The Catholic Parent Involvement Committee (CPIC) at HCDSB is pleased to be hosting a speaker series throughout the month of June. For the health and safety of our HCDSB community, all sessions will be offered virtually. Disability Reframed ~ Monday, June 14, 2021

Join us for next week’s virtual session with Ashley Harris Whaley on Monday, June 14th at 7:00 PM. The presentation will discuss physical disabilities, and will teach parents how to help their children interact with their peers and adults with disabilities in a respectful and inclusive way.

To learn more about Ashley Harris Whaley, and upcoming speakers, please visit the HCDSB website. If you cannot attend the virtual sessions on the scheduled time and day, a link to the recorded presentation will be available on HCDSB’s website and YouTube channel for later viewing.

Student Mental Health -Parent Tip Sheet

This pandemic has lasted longer than many of us anticipated. While we have adapted and coped as best as we can, many parents or caregivers may be concerned about the mental health and well-being of their child or teen. For many children it has been a long time since they have seen their friends, participated in social and recreational activities, especially if they have continued to learn remotely. Mental health professionals, have reassured us that children experiencing some sadness, worry, or even anger is natural during these challenging times. But some parents are worried that their child or teen may be suffering more – so how do you know?

Please see here for additional information on how to know if you should be concerned about your child/teen’s mental health and well-being?

Please note this Tip sheet is not a replacement for a consultation with a regulated Mental Health Professional but offers some guidance to parents/caregivers about how you might know when to access professional supports.

SAINT Matthew ParishFrom the Pastor’s Desk…

Together with all citizens and residents of Canada, I have watched and read with horror the accounts of our increasing awareness of the injustices visited upon the First Nations of this land. The immensity of the harm caused by the racist and imperialistic policies of government is beyond measure; it is a scourge that will affect society forever. The fact that the state enlisted the help of Christian religious communities in carrying out these atrocities, and the fact that the latter complied, compounds the experience of shame and regret. The Gospel of the Lord was betrayed when it was used to extinguish culture. Christian community was debased when it became the seat of abuse. Realities like this can be crushing. These aren’t the values of the polity of which I am a part; these aren’t the values of the Church I serve. Like many of you, I’ve experienced a generous measure of mental, emotional, and spiritual paralysis in the face of this evil; the deep and abiding sense that something must be done combined with a humbling, and at times shameful, lack of knowledge regarding what that something might be. Leaders of church and state are working with members of First Nations communities to advance the cause of healing, and this work must continue driven by a genuine desire to ameliorate the condition of those suffering from the effects of these actions. Pope Francis met recently with Canadian Cardinals in Rome, in a step that can only be seen as indicative of the intention to respond further. We must all pray for this process to continue. For my part, as a priest of Jesus Christ and a servant of the Roman Church, I am ashamed of those who so abused their share in the same Sacrament of Holy Orders that I too have received, and I offer my apology to all those harmed by their conduct.

~ Father Allen Varlaki

Please click on the following link for Parish information and the Parish YouTube channel.  

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