Beginning May 3rd we celebrate Catholic Education and we focus on Mental Health (More Mental Health resources will be posted)

This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is, “Nurturing Hope.

The theme for Catholic Education Week 2021 was inspired by the following considerations:

  • Recognition of the special Year of Laudato Si’ which will run through May 24, 2021, announced by Pope Francis on May 24, 2020, the fifth anniversary of his papal encyclical, “On Caring for Our Common Home.”
  • In the face of the ongoing reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, a strong desire by the planning committee, along with those consulted, and supported by feedback from the survey, for continuity with the theme for Catholic Education Week 2020, Igniting Hope, which has served so well during the spring recess from in-school instruction.
  • The challenges to personal and spiritual well-being posed by the uncertainty and physical isolation of the current global crisis makes the timing and the concerns of Mental Health Week, which takes place during the same week as Catholic Education Week, all the more relevant.
  • Ongoing recognition of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission and the relevance of Indigenous culture and spirituality to the spirit of Laudato Si.

There are five sub-themes for each day of Catholic Education Week:

Day 1:              Preparing the Earth / Préparer la terre

Day 2:              Sowing Seeds of Gratitude / Semer la gratitude

Day 3:              Cultivating Relationships / Cultiver nos relations

Day 4:              Harvesting New Fruit / Récolter de nouveaux fruits

Day 5:              Marvelling in Wonder / S’émerveiller

Every year, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) provides our Catholic schools with a resource kit to help schools prepare for Catholic Education Week. Using these resources, as well as our own developed activities, we have prepared a series of activities, which will highlight how the students and staff at our school are Nurturing Hope.