Join Pope Francis Live From Rome - Today at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Join Pope Francis today, Friday, March 27, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. our time, as he leads us in prayer from the steps of St. Peter's Basically in Rome.  The time of prayer will include listening to the Word of God and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The Pope will conclude with his Urbi et Orbi Blessing (to the city and to the world).

Join live at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YceQ8YqYMc

English Translation:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJHI8bI0LWg


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Girls' Sewing Club at St. Michael Bright's Grove Celebrates International Women's Day with Gift of Love to their Sisters in Africa

Girls in the Sewing Club at St. Michael Bright's Grove have been busy responding to a need half way around the world.  The students have been sewing feminine hygiene products for women in Tanzania.

"Our custodian, Lana Iacobelli, started this sewing club because one student expressed an interest.  Now it has grown to several students and they are setting their newly developed skills toward helping women in Africa," says Steve DeGurse, Principal of St. Michael Catholic School, Bright's Grove.

International Women's Day is an appropriate time to recognize their efforts.

St. Michael is one of four elementary schools currently involved in the Lambton College ENACTUS Program, which engages students to help solve real world problems by serving those in need.  Students at Holy Trinity,  Sarnia; St. Joseph, Corunna; and St. Elizabeth, Wallaceburg are also participating in the ENACTUS partnership.

"The students have responded to a challenge from a St. Michael/Sacred Heart parishioner to fill four large suitcases (one per school) with clothing for women in Tanzania," says Superintendent of Education, Scott Johnson.  "The sewing club's donation of feminine hygiene products meets an especially important need."

"Lana Iacobelli's mentorship of our students at St. Michael is particularly touching," says Deb Crawford, Director of Education.  "Through her leadership and guidance, she has shown our students what it is to be the hands and feet of Christ, which is the very mission of Catholic education."

"Well done everyone!"

 


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Blessings to You During This Lenten Season - A Letter of Thanks and Appreciation to Staff, Students and Families from Director of Education Deb Crawford

February 26, 2020

Dear Friends,

Do you remember where you were on January 12, 2010?  I don't. 

Last week I received a note of thanks to St. Clair Catholic from Development and Peace for our mobilization to help the survivors of the horrific earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010.

Our school communities raised over $40,000 to aid the people of the tiny island nation, ranking us among the top 10 most generous school boards in Ontario!

In addition to the thank you letter, I also received from Development and Peace the organizationís 10 year report on its Haiti programming since 2010. The report outlines the progress made over the last decade to rebuild from complete devastation and bring hope to the people of Haiti.

As we enter the Lenten season, I want to thank all of you for your dedication to Catholic education at St. Clair. Thank you for the missionary spirit that you bring to our schools, whenever we are called to help one another.

Whether it is a local need or an international tragedy, the response is one of generosity and kindness. Thank you for doing the work of Jesus in our schools, communities and around the world.  The actions and examples of our school communities help to form the character of our students and shape the future.

May Godís grace and peace be with you throughout these 40 days of Lent and may the joy of Easter fill your hearts.

Sincerely,

Deb Crawford

Director of Education

 

 


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St. Clair Action News Video Update - St. Angela Merici Catholic School Construction on Schedule

St Angela Merici Catholic SchoolWe are pleased to share with you our latest student Action News video update on the progress of construction at the new St. Angela Merici Catholic School in Chatham.

Watch the video at https://vimeo.com/393743913/c55c691bb6

Some highlights:


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St. Anne Catholic School Teacher Lori Barbato Featured in Professionally Speaking Magazine

Lori Barbato, a Grade 2-3 teacher at St. Anne Catholic School, Sarnia is featured in the March 2020 issue of Professionally Speaking, a publication of the Ontario College of Teachers. 

Lori is an exemplary teacher with the St. Clair Catholic District School Board and a past winner of the Prime Minister's Certificate of Achievement in May 2018. 

To read the article, Teaching Through the Decades, click here.

 


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Celebrating Kindness on Pink Shirt Day - Focus for 2020 is 'Lift Each Other Up!'

The theme for Pink Shirt Day 2020 is Lift Each Other Up! and in recognition of Pink Shirt Day - February 26, 2020 - we are celebrating 'kindness!'  

Celebrating kindness is a simple yet powerful way to encourage each of us to look beyond our differences and rejoice in what makes us unique.  When we 'lift each other up' in kindness, we see past the things that separate us and focus instead on what unites us.

Research shows that focusing on positive behaviour helps to equip our students with the social and emotional skills they will need throughout their lives.

For more information, click here.

 


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Service Learning - Grade 9 Religion Class at Ursuline College Organizes Homelessness Awareness Week

Students in a Grade 9 religion class at Ursuline College had the opportunity recently to take what they were learning in the classroom and put it into action through a Service Learning Project. 

The project replaced the traditional exam and provided a platform for their learning to become an experience, as they transferred their knowledge of what a Disciple of Christ is into an act of service.

The group identified a number of needs in our local community and then narrowed the list down to one topic they all felt passionate about -- homelessness in Chatham-Kent.  Working in partnership with ROCK Missions, a community partner, the students decided to launch a Homelessness Awareness Week at UCC.  They challenged each grade level to donate items. 

The class with the greatest number of donations won a pizza party, which the Grade 9 students paid for themselves.

Throughout Homelessness Awareness Week the students did announcements, displayed posters and created digital slides for the school's in-house broadcast system.

"This initiative was a huge success," says Principal Ray Power.  "I want to thank the students and their teacher, Melissa Fernandes for calling each of us, as members of the UCC Catholic community, to do what we can to help the homeless in our community.  You have truly shown us what it is to be a Disciple of Christ."

In the photo, Grade 9 students pose with representatives of ROCK Missions and the many donated items donated to help relieve the plight of the homeless in Chatham-Kent.

 


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February is Black History Month - Celebrating Canadians of African Descent: Going Forward, Guided by the Past

Each February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.

The 2020 theme for Black History Month is: Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past.  The theme was inspired by the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent - 2015-2024.  

At St. Clair Catholic, Black History Month will be celebrated in a variety of ways in classrooms all across the district. 

Read more about Black History Month at St. Clair Catholic in our newsletter.


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