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School Update – Week of October 18th

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.

~ St. Teresa of Calcutta

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From the Pastor’s Desk…

For the first time in many weeks, this weekend included only ordinary things. Weekend Masses, confessions, a wedding, but no celebrations of Confirmation or Baptism peppered throughout, wherever we can find room in the calendar. It was a welcomed opportunity for Fr. Patrick and I—and the volunteers who back us up—to catch our breath. September was an exhilarating month, and it’s a significant accomplishment to be up-to-date with Confirmations (the last of the certificates was mailed out yesterday). October will round things out by bringing countless now-Grade 3 students to the day of their First Communion on weekends as full as the last four. It’s also the month we’ve chosen to welcome, in a special way, the young people of our parish preparing to celebrate sacraments in the new year. We’ve invited all our candidates (more than 600 in total) to attend a weekend Mass of their choosing from Oct. 16 to Nov. 7. At each of these celebrations, we’ll offer a special blessing and give the worshipping community the chance to show them and their families a sign of their welcome in our midst. Will it add a minute or two to Mass? Sure. Will it get repetitive? Absolutely. These are the realities of a young and vibrant community, and they’re great ‘problems’ to have. It’s our obligation to hand on the Gospel, and to do so with joy and enthusiasm. Here’s an easy opportunity to do just that. Clap loudly and congratulate any candidates seated nearby!

~ Father Allen Varlaki

Halloween Costumes

We are all looking forward to celebrating Hallowe’en by dressing up in our costumes on Friday, October 29th.  Further information about some planned fun activities for students as well as our Fall Fundraising Campaign will follow in a separate email.

Within our Catholic School community at St. Teresa of Calcutta we want to ensure that we demonstrate inclusion and respect for all. When choosing costumes we ask that everyone reflect critically and be mindful of cultural appropriation so that we maintain a welcoming and safe environment for everyone. Please consider the following questions when choosing Halloween costumes:

Is my costume making fun or offensive towards a group of people, their culture or religion?   

Does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?

Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity or cultural group?

Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?

Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from? 

A reminder that costumes worn are not to include face masks, as students will be expected to continue to wear their non-medical masks. As well, costumes must not include toy weapons, blood, gory or offensive content.

Volunteering at St. Teresa of Calcutta School

Please see the feature story posted on our website with complete details regarding requirements for volunteering “in school”. There have been some revisions to our volunteer policy which reflect additional Co Vid health and safety protocols. If you are able to satisfy these requirements then we invite you to complete a short survey from our Catholic School Council. A form will be sent out via School Messenger email later this week!

Hot Lunch Programs

This year we are happy to announce that our lunch programs will resume.  We are in the process of securing vendors and ordering information and will have this out to the community in the coming days. 

Lanois, ClaireSchool Update – Week of October 18th