“All that is good, all that is true, all that is beautiful, brings us to God.”
~ Pope Francis
Catholic Education Week – May 3 to May 8
Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week. This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Igniting Hope” and will be celebrated during the week of May 3 – May 8.
The theme for CEW 2020 was inspired by three sources:
- The recent Papal Exhortation, Christus Vivit, by Pope Francis following the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment
- The recent Ontario Bishops’ pastoral letter, Renewing the Promise (2018)
- The Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations by the Institute for Catholic Education (2011)
The five sub-themes for Catholic Education: Igniting Hope are:
- Our Hope in Christ
- The Hope Within Us
- The Hope Among Us
- Hope for the World
- A Future Full of Hope
Catholic Education Week is a week in which our students and staff are very excited about welcoming our Parents & Guests into our school for various activities & celebrations. Although this year will be very different, it is now more important than ever to recognize and appreciate the many gifts of Catholic Education. We are truly blessed to be able to celebrate our Faith as we support & nurture your child as they learn and grow. Please consider ways in which you can celebrate this special week at home with your family. We invite our families to consider the following ways in which you can collectively “Ignite Hope” at home and within our community:
- Create a fancy message of hope in chalk on your driveway or sidewalk for passerby to read or create a poster to put in a window.
- Write a postcard or note of thanks for frontline healthcare workers and drop this in the mailbox for a local hospital.
- Create a Rosary out of painted rocks and place them in your garden.
- Bake cookies and deliver them to your neighbourhood grocery store for workers to share.
- Make cards or draw pictures for seniors in your community.
- Music makes us happy. Create a playlist of happy music. Play this in your backyard, or if you are able, send it to a family member who you miss.
- Make a video or recording, singing a favourite hymn. Send this to your parish priest. He needs support at this time.
- Look in your bible or go online to make a list of psalms that give hope.
- Write an acrostic poem about HOPE… H is for Happiness, O is for Ongoing, P is for … etc.
- Write words of hope on index cards or paper and hang them from a tree in your yard for others to read.
- Go for a walk past your local parish. Stop in front of your church and say a prayer for your faith community.
- Look through a newspaper for stories of hope and talk about the stories.
- Put messages of hope on social media.
- Plant some seeds in the ground. When they bloom, they will give hope.
- Phone your grandparents and tell them you love them.
- Offer a hug to a family member in your house.
Please consider sharing pictures on Twitter of how your family is celebrating Catholic Education Week and tag your tweets @StTimothy #CEW2020 #IgnitingHope