Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,
Each year, the Catholic community of Ontario engages in a week-long celebration of the unique identity and distinctive contributions of Catholic education during Catholic Education Week.
Catholic Education Week celebrates the ongoing gift of publicly-funded Catholic education. Publicly funded Catholic education has existed in Ontario since 1841 and its graduates have served Ontario and Canada very well. The current generation of students in our publicly funded Catholic schools will serve with the same spirit and generosity as their previous generations.
This year’s celebration is entitled, “Catholic Education: Nurturing Hope” and will be celebrated during the week of May 2 to 7, 2021. More than 600,000 students in over 1,500 Catholic schools across Ontario normally take part in this special week to celebrate the distinctive contribution their schools make in the lives of our students and the community.
Sadly, given our ongoing current circumstances, all Ottawa Catholic School Board activities will be done virtually. As a Catholic community, we are called to “Nurture Hope” in our community.
Nurturing #ocsbHope Twitter Challenge
During Education Week, we invite you to share messages, photos, videos or drawings of hope related to these daily themes:
Monday: Preparing the Earth - Our Catholic schools prepare the good soil each day so that the roots of faith may grow in our students and so that God’s Word can bear fruit! What do you love about your Catholic school? Who nurtures Hope in your school community?
Tuesday: Sowing Seeds of Gratitude - Sow seeds of gratitude by sending a message of thanks to the difference-makers during these challenging times - health care providers, essential workers, educators, families, friends or volunteers.
Wednesday: Cultivating Relationships - Jesus taught us the Golden Rule: “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.” He wants us to treat one another with love, kindness and respect as members of one family. How do you live the Golden Rule in your relationships with family members, friends, and towards yourself?
Thursday: Harvesting New Fruit (the good fruit or our actions) - By your positive actions and your kind words you are “harvesting new fruit” in your community and the world! How do you harvest new fruit to make the world a better place? Have you seen others harvesting new fruit to make the world a better place?
Friday: Marvelling in Wonder - Faith is a journey of opening ourselves to the awesome mystery of who God is, and who invites us to grow in wide-eyed wonder. We are invited to be silent and contemplate the beauty of the created order; to stand in reverence before the awesome gift that is our common home. What in the natural world fills you with wonder and awe and speaks to you of God and the hope He offers us?
We look forward to celebrating Catholic Education Week with your messages and images of Hope in our community!