Dear SUNS Families:

During the week of May 3 to May 8, 2020, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board will celebrate the significant contribution that Catholic Education has made to the community, the province and to Canada. Publicly funded Catholic education has existed in Ontario since 1841 and its graduates have served Ontario and Canada very well.

Our Catholic schools are, by definition, faith-based schools, firmly birthed in the gospel values of Jesus Christ. It was this conviction, that at the very beginning of publicly funded education in the province, that the Catholic population, doggedly sustained a fight for the right of Catholics to their own publicly funded Catholic schools. What we enjoy today, is due to a history of sacrifice and determination and the extraordinary works of Bishops, Sisters, Brothers, priests and lay men and women, to build and preserve Catholic education in the face of all forms of opposition, both political and legal.

Next week we continue to celebrate a school system, which celebrates and defines itself on faith and mercy and embraces the message of salvation for all peoples preached by Jesus.  Our Catholic Graduate Expectations challenge students to articulate in society those fundamental values that underpin Catholic education.  The current generation of students in our publicly funded Catholic schools will serve with the same spirit and generosity as their previous generations.

This is a week specially set aside to celebrate our Catholic schools and why the triple connection of home, school and parish is an important and integral part of Catholic education. This triad emphasizes for our children, the reality of our wider Catholic community that collaborates on their faith formation and education.

To kick-off Catholic Education week, we invite all families to attend “virtual” church on Sunday at St. Anthony Daniel Parish at 10 a.m.  Link is here

Next week, different messages and activities will also be shared.  On Friday at 11 a.m., the Diocese of Hamilton invites all staff and families to attend a special mass for our system.  More information to follow next week.

Have a glorious weekend and God Bless!