Celebrating Catholic Education Week 2017
Students and staff across the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario marked the beginning of Catholic Education Week through the celebration of the annual Board-wide Mass, held on Monday, May 1, at Holy Cross Church in Kemptville.
Representatives from every school in the Board participated in the celebration, along with parish priests, trustees and administration. The Mass was presided by Fr. Rod McNiel, of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Smiths Falls. The student choir from Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School provided music for the Mass, and each school received a special plaque with a poem based on the theme for 2017, Walking Forward Together.
Catholic Education Week 2017 draws from Micah 6:8, “Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God”, which acknowledges the important role of justice and solidarity with our Indigenous peoples, our environment, the poor and marginalized, and all those who work to protect our common global future.
The week long promotion is the culmination of several months of school activities, social justice initiatives, prayers and reflections designed to help students deepen their awareness and understanding of their calling to serve others with compassion, humanity and joy. Catholic Education Week is marked by many open houses and special school activities that take place during the week-long event, which celebrates the distinctiveness of Catholic education.
Left to right: Fr. Brian McNally, Fr. Cosmos Ajawara, Fr. Julius Nwagbara, Fr. Andrew Shim, Fr. Rod McNiel, Fr. John Whyte, Fr. Mark Piché, Fr. Brent Brent Brennan.
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