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Mar 06, 2019


Dear Families,

Today, we begin our Lenten journey together!

Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter.  It is a time of self-examination and reflection.  Today, we focus on our relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of ourselves for others.

I recently found this reflection on the beginning of Lent.  It’s from The Santa Rita Abbey, a monastic community of Sisters located in Arizona, within Diocese of Tucson.  I hope it is as meaningful for you as it was for me.

Blessings to you as you begin your Lenten walk towards the joy of Easter!

Deb Crawford

Director of Education

Why Do We Do the Things We Do During Lent?

Why do we fast and you take no notice?  Deny ourselves and you pay no heed?  (Isaiah 58:3)

Good questions.  Why DO we do the things we do during Lent?  This leads to an even bigger question:  who is the God I believe in?

Is God Someone who cares for me with every fiber of His being, whose joy it is to be an intimate part of my existence?  Who walks with me in moments of pain and sorrow and dances with me in moments of joy?

Yes, this is the God who stands with us at the threshold of our Lenten journey.  A God who has promised to be with us through all the ups and downs of life.

Father, we don’t need to appease you by our Lenten denial.  We already have your love and favour.  If we deny ourselves–the selfish, isolated parts of ourselves that we still cling to–it is because we know that we are safe in your love and we can let ourselves free-fall into your heart.  That heart which will enfold us in healing and transforming love.

We do what we do during Lent because we are loved.  We know that by inviting you into our depths, we say yes to your healing presence and that “your hand will do all things for us,” as we say in the psalm.

There you have it.  That is the beginning and the end. We came from love, we live in love, we return to love. May our Lenten journey be a sharing of this love with all creation by opening out our depths to Him in trust, and may our Lenten practices create in us quiet places where God can refresh and heal us, and we can come and rest awhile.

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Playground Asphalt Replacement Project
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Tender Document
Addendum #001
Addendum #002
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2:00 PM local time
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Tender Document
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Date of Return: April 9, 2019
2:00 PM local time
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Tender Document
Date of Issue: February 22, 2019
Date of Return: March 13, 2019
2:00 PM local time
Postma Heating & Cooling Inc.

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Notice of Project
REVISED Notice of Project
Tender Document
Addendum #001
Addendum #002
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Date of Return: March 14, 2019
2:00 PM local time
Aveiro Constructors Ltd.

Surplus Sale:

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce that our Surplus Material is now available on line!

Material that has been deemed surplus by the Board will be posted online for sale to the public.

Current St. Clair Catholic District School Board items posted for auction:

Visit the Government Surplus Online Auction.

Bidders will have to register with GovDeals - GovDeals Customer Service at 1-800-613-0456.

Chatham-Kent & Sarnia-Lambton SchoolsThank you for your interest in the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. The following career opportunities are open for both employee and public application.

Please note that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


Teaching Positions:

For Teaching positions we are using Apply to Education. If you wish to be considered please ensure that you are registered with www.applytoeducation.com. Instructions on how to create an account in Apply to Education are attached here.

Individuals wishing to apply to the St. Clair Catholic District School Board for a Teaching position are asked to follow the Application Process for External Teachers and New Faculty Graduates.  Applications are only accepted through “Apply to Education”, our external service provider.

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Secondary Classroom Teacher UCC,Chatham LTO - FTE 0.67 Monday, April 22, 2019


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For Non-Teaching positions, submit a resume and cover letter as per instructions on the posting.  If applying to a specific position posted, please ensure  to include the job posting number in the email subject line.

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