On August 30, 2022 the Lloydminster Catholic School Division gathered at the Vic Juba Community Theatre for a celebration of faith and to reconnect all LCSD teaching staff. We kicked off our Faith theme for the 2022-23 school year, Be the Light. Josh Blakesley and Grae McCollough guided us through the Beatitudes and how they offer us ways to Shine our Light.
The theme, Be the Light, was chosen by the LCSD Faith Integration Team. The FIT group works together with school administrators and division leaders to actualize our Faith Framework. Much thought was given to how the last few years have had challenges for each person including isolation, lack of connection, and extreme viewpoints. LCSD is intentionally focusing on the Light. When there is focus on the Light, it weakens and dims the darkness. Lighting the good gives us the opportunity to be grateful. We are confident that this is the year to radiate light, show our love for each other, and be a source of strength for our community.
Our Catholic schools are called to be uniquely different. We have defined our purpose to give glory to God. When we let our light shine, the radiance is there for all to experience. We challenge our staff to greet each person they come in contact with by name. This is just one small tangible action that will be measured over the next few years. We are building a habit of connection. To Be the Light, we can not not ignore the darkness but rather bring each one out of the darkness and into the light. Together we lighten the load and experience God’s love.
The year is full of exciting Faith-filled activities including 28 School Masses, at least 25 Prayer Celebrations, 3 Division Wide Staff Masses, parish connection with students supporting, staff spotlight mass(es), Eagle Staff and pipe ceremony, opening a Truth and Reconciliation Centre (name TBD), designing Faith gardens, school banners, after school reflection sessions, Faith mentorship (21 new staff attending), RCIA program, and division wide grade retreats. It is a year to celebrate and Be the Light.