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Marinate in God

Take your heart and let it marinate in the words of God: “I have called you by name, you are mine. … you are precious in my eyes, and I love you.” (Is 43)

Chaplaincy
Notes from the Chapel
                                                                                     
The first few weeks back to school is an exciting time, but it can also cause anxiety and stress.  That’s why it’s important for us to have a tool belt of scripture versus to bring us back into peace.  Here’s one of my favourites: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13)
 
I remember when this verse was first introduced to me in my teenage years, and it stuck with me.  It’s a prayer that can be said over and over again, repeated with peace and confidence, reminding us that Christ is with us, strengthening us, and working in us.
 
My challenge for you is that you never forget you are a child of the living God; this is your identity in Christ.  You are precious in God’s sight, and God will never forget you. So when you get nervous or you feel stressed, stop and remember this great and comforting verse: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

God bless you always in Christ,
Chris Vonesch
Chaplaincy Leader

 
What is Catholic Education all about?
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Gr. 8 Pilgrimage
Our Grade eight students take time each year to visit the Shrine of Kateri Tekakwitha, Canada’s first aboriginal Saint. This is a powerful opportunity to grow in faith through the age-old tradition of pilgrimage!

It is believed that since Kateri’s death, many miracles have been performed through her intercession.

Have you ever thought about becoming a saint? Becoming a saint means loving God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and loving your neighbor as yourself. If you do this, you will become a great saint just like Kateri Tekakwitha!
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Catholic Education Week Celebrations
Thank God for the gift of Catholic Education! At a time when Catholic beliefs are not culturally acceptable, we have an incredible gift and opportunity in our hands. During the first week of May every year we celebrate Catholic Education, and enjoy many activities as part of the celebration. We start off the week with an opening Mass in Kemptville with students and teachers from every school in the school board. We are blessed to enjoy a special mass, sometimes with Archbishop Prendergast, celebrating the gift of Catholic Education as a school community.
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Pro-Life issues
The march for life is an opportunity to raise our hearts and our voices for the rights of all human beings regardless of their age or health, celebrating the dignity of each and every human being. But its special focus is the rights of the unborn. Taking part in this public demonstration is a way of standing up for the rights of those who are not able to stand for themselves—and it is a lot of fun and a rare opportunity!
Marinate in God

Take your heart and let it marinate in the words of God: “I have called you by name, you are mine. … you are precious in my eyes, and I love you.” (Is 43)

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Senior’s visit at the Osgoode Care Center
Each month our students have the opportunity to visit with 100 elderly residents at the Osgoode Care Centre, located on Snake Island Road, outside of Metcalfe. The date for this month is Wednesday, November 25. Our youth participate in activities and games with the seniors, and engage them in one-on-one visits.

Visits to the Osgoode Care Center are open to all students at STA, so come out and enjoy the fun with our elderly neighbours!
Catholic Education

Catholic Education is a holistic education designed to form and inform students, mind, body, heart and soul. It is committed to excellence as it invites students to respond in the context in which they live in the light of their faith. Catholic education is dedicated to ensuring that students reach their full potential so that there is success for all.  This desire is expressed well in the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations where the vision of the learner is:
The student on a journey toward graduation from a Catholic school will be:
·         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.
 
Chaplaincy Files
 Gr 8 - Kateri Tekakwitha.doc
St. Kateri pilgrimage - Permission form
Department Web Pages
Chaplaincy Contacts
+ Mr. Vonesch, Chris
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