Relationship Building

By having fun together

The SCCS community celebrated Catholic Schools Week from February 8-13. The theme of the week was “Catholic schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service”.

Catholic-Schools-WeekThe week began with a prayer ceremony that included giving thanks for this great school community and for the people who have throughout the ages and do currently to make it the wonderful place that it is.

Then, the fun began. The K-2 students went bowling, celebrated 100 days. The Grades 3-6 graciously accepted the fact that it was too cold for the outdoor field trip that was planned and happily spent a day of reading, watching movies, playing games and eating treats instead.

The Grades 7 and 8 students went off to winter camp for three days.

Grade 1 teacher Mrs. Sherlock summed up the week of events beautifully:

“Watching our students throughout the week was a validation that our students are wonderful examples of faith and leadership to our greater community. And that is part of what makes St. Charles Catholic Schools Week festivities memorable.”

On Friday when the students had the day off from school, the staff gathered at St. Mary’s Academy where they joined together with all the other Catholic schools in the city. The 500+ participants began the day with a Mass celebrated with Archbishop Gagnon.  Ken Yasinski was the keynote speaker on the theme of intentionality of living a Christ-centered life.

Let Us Rejoice

You are precious in His eyes

Picture19The students and staff of SCCS were treated to a very special liturgical service this January. On January 15th, Fr. Michael Kwiatkowski came to celebrate a Ukrainian rite Mass with the school. Fr. Michael was assisted by Fr. Deacon Myron Tracz and four parishioners from Holy Eucharist.

In addition, several Ukrainian rite students and their parents joined the parishioners to form a choir and together they led those present through a liturgy that was part sung part spoken. Another Ukrainian rite student, Jack H. trained a buddy Josh G., and together they served as altar servers.

Fr. Michael began the service with a brief overview of what the participants would encounter including an explanation of the purpose of the petition “Lord, have mercy” and a description of Holy Communion bread. His sermon was a reflection on the theme for the Mass: People are precious. As one staff member said, “Fr. spoke so warmly and with such kindness during the sermon, that we truly felt precious in the eyes of God”.

The morning concluded with the choir singing “This is the day the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad in it!” An appropriate ending to a very special service!