Holy Family School came alive as students participated in 'lunch with a bunch.'

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Holy Family School came alive as students participated in 'lunch with a bunch.'

June 23, 2014
LEEANN ARSENAULT
SPECIAL TO THE WCR

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools celebrated World Catholic Education Day on May 29 by celebrating family and building community.

Every year, 40 days after Easter on Ascension Thursday, Catholics throughout the world give thanks for the gift that is Catholic education with the celebration of World Catholic Education Day.

Each year, RDCRS chooses a theme from Catholic social teaching to celebrate World Catholic Education Day. This year, they chose to honour the principle of solidarity with a focus on participation in family and community.

The entire school division began the day with a teaching liturgy which guided staff and students to a common understanding of how Catholic social teachings are a central and essential element of the Catholic faith.

Then each school spent time completing its own activities which were chosen to honour the theme.

HONOURING FAMILIES

Some schools chose to honour their families through community breakfasts, family barbecues, family game nights, writing letters to loved ones, family picnic lunches and family reading time.

John Magat, Bianca Dela Cruz, Marjorie Cabagua from St. Thomas Aquinas  School plant plant seedlings to help their community.

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John Magat, Bianca Dela Cruz, Marjorie Cabagua from St. Thomas Aquinas School plant plant seedlings to help their community.

St. Matthew's School built community and celebrated family with its family bingo night.

Many schools honoured the community around their schools by creating prayer cards, writing letters and delivering these messages to the families and businesses who reside around their school.

Some schools chose to go out and serve their community.

Projects are happening around the division with a focus on building community and celebrating family.

PLANTING TREES

Grade 8 students at St. Thomas Aquinas went to the Michael O'Brien watershed where they planted more than 720 seedlings including pine and birch trees, cranberries and Saskatoon berry shrubs.

St. Matthew's School built community and celebrated family with a family bingo night.

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St. Matthew's School built community and celebrated family with a family bingo night.

The students had a great time as they made a difference in the community.

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools' hope is to help students learn about each of the themes found in Catholic social teaching and transform the world through the application of these principles.

Their expectation is that students will seek the common good to achieve the conditions that make it possible for all to come to their full potential as persons and to become all that God intends them to be.

(LeeAnn Arsenault is faith formation lead teacher for Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools.)