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St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim Hosts NET Youth Rally 

Grade 7 and 8 students from St. Anne Catholic School in Blenheim were joined by students from Georges P. Vanier Catholic School in Chatham and St. Michael Catholic School, Ridgetown for a day of prayer, dramatic role play, video and song led by a NET Ministry team from Ottawa.

"This was a fantastic day for our students," says Stacy Shepley, Principal of St. Anne Catholic School.  "It was an opportunity for them to grow in their faith, meet new friends and have fun!"

NET (National Evangelization Teams) Ministries is a Roman Catholic organization dedicated to spreading the Gospel to youth. Through discussion groups and role play, the students explored themes of self-worth, personal confidence and acceptance.  A Who Are You? theme helps young people come to a greater awareness of their goodness and uniqueness as God's children, and explores ways in which they can have a closer relationship with Him.

NET Ministries is the largest Catholic travelling youth ministry in the world, with an active presence in Australia, Canada, Uganda, Ireland, Scotland, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

"It was an exciting day for our students and we will continue to build on the themes explored at our youth rally throughout the school year," says Ms. Shepley.

In the photos (top) students from St. Anne and St. Michael enjoy the rally; and (centre and below) the NET Ministries team leads students through a number of contemporary worship songs.


Feb 16, 2017

Leadership in Our Schools - A Message on Joy and Love from Father John Comiskey 

Father John Comiskey was the featured speaker at St. Clair Catholic's annual gathering, The Great Family of Our Church - Our Annual Day of Faith and Learning Together. Father Comiskey is Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of London.

"We are extremely grateful and honoured that Father John made time available in his busy schedule to attend our two-day conference in the St. Clair district," says Dan Parr, Director of Education.  "Father's theme for the events was Joy in Life - Leadership in Catholic Education and he had a tremendous message for each of us who attended."

Father Comiskey quoted from a recent Papal encyclical, in which the Holy Father addressed this topic.  Pope Francis said, "... the Church must accompany with attention and care the weakest of her children, who show signs of a wounded and troubled love, by restoring in them hope and confidence, like the beacon of a lighthouse in a port, or a torch carried among the people to enlighten those who have lost their way or who are in the midst of a storm."

"This is an important lesson for each of us who serves the mission of Catholic education," says Mr. Parr.

The Great Family of Our Church is an annual celebration, which brings together representatives of the Catholic community, all of whom have an interest in Catholic education and its future.  Representatives include St. Clair Catholic trustees, senior administration, principals, staff, parents, students, union and association presidents, the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Women's League, priests and parish partners.

In the photos (Above) Fr. John Comiskey.

(Below) (Back Row L-R) Scott Johnson, Superintendent of Education; Ray Power, Principal, Ursuline College; Megan Gooch, Student, UCC; Madison Herreweyers, Student, UCC; Lesli Jeffrey, CWL, Blessed Sacrament; Maxx McGlynn, Student, UCC; Cindy Boyd, Principal, St. Joseph Catholic School, Tilbury; (Front Row L-R) Fr. Jim Higgins, Episcopal Vicar, Kent Deanery; Fr. John Comiskey; Dan Parr, Director of Education; John Van Heck, Chair of the Board; Christine Canniff, Parent, Georges P. Vanier Catholic School; Stan Powell, Knights of Columbus, Corpus Christi Council.

(Bottom Photo) (Back Row L-R) Father Vince Guilikers, Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Sarnia; Linda Ward, Trustee; Chad Coene, President, OECTA Secondary; Mike Hendrycks, Knights of Columbus, District 40; Deacon Lyle Lalonge; Len Fera, Principal, St. Michael Catholic School, Bright's Grove.  (Front Row L-R) Michelle Parks, Trustee; Amy Janssens, Executive Superintendent - Corporate Services; Fr. John Comiskey; Dan Parr, Director of Education; Deacon John Lamers and Scott Johnson, Superintendent of Education.



Feb 14, 2017

Grade 1 Students From Sacred Heart (Sarnia) Celebrate 100th Day of School with a Tour of Sarnia and Visit to City Hall 

Students in Grade 1 at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Sarnia celebrated the 100th day of the school year by boarding a Sarnia Transit bus and touring the city; and they topped it off with a stop at Sarnia City Hall and a visit with Mayor Mike Bradley.

"The students planned the itinerary on their own," says Grade 1 Teacher Mary Jo Cocarell.  "We study 'community' as part of the Grade 1 social studies curriculum; so, they picked the spots in their community they wanted to see."

Ms. Cocarell and teacher Shannon Geary accompanied the students on a tour that included Canatara Park, Lake Chipican, Lake Huron, the Bluewater Bridge and St. Clair River, the big ships by the grain elevators, Sarnia Bay Marina, the Sarnia police and fire stations, Our Lady of Mercy Church, Bluewater Health and St. Patrick's Catholic High School, among other sites.

The highlight was a tour of city hall, with Mayor Mike Bradley acting as tour guide.  He greeted the students in the council chambers then accompanied them up a private staircase to his office on the second floor.

"Mayor Mike was very gracious," says Ms. Geary.  "The students asked lots of questions and were very enthusiastic.  They learned a lot and had a very fun day!"

In the photo above, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley poses in the Council Chambers with three students from Grade 1 at Sacred Heart Catholic School, Sarnia.

Feb 14, 2017
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