A special district-wide Mass was held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Wallaceburg, to celebrate the new school year. It is also an opportunity to give thanks to God for His gift of Catholic education and to ask for His blessing on our new employees; and to dedicate their service to the mission of Catholic education.
To commemorate the day, new employees were presented bibles.
Father Chris Gillespie of Holy Redeemer Parish Cluster was principal celebrant, with concelebrants Father Raju Allumpurath of Holy Redeemer Parish Cluster; Father Tom Donohue, St. Christopher, Forest and Our Lady Help of Christians, Watford; Father Peter Amszej, St. Francis Xavier and St. Peter, Tilbury; Deacon Rudy Terpstra, St. Philip Petrolia; and Deacon Jerry Lozon, Chaplain, St. Clair Catholic District School Board.
Other deanery members who were present were Virginia Eade, Holy Redeemer Parish Cluster; and Sue McMath, St. Joseph and St. Ursula Parish Cluster. Dorothy deBakker and the Life Teen Band of Holy Redeemer Parish Cluster provided the music ministry.
Special thanks to Jennifer Trinca and the students of the the Holy Family, Christ The King and St. Elizabeth Catholic School string choirs, who provided special music. To view the string choir’s presentation of Pachelbel's Canon in D click here.
Each school community was also presented with a plaque, which depicts the Board’s new strategic plan, which will be prominently displayed in each school building.
Pictured above are (L-R) Dan Parr, Director of Education; new staff members Jeff Cardy, St. John Fisher Catholic School and Alicia Bernard, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School; and Carol Bryden, Chair of the Board.