December 2018:Good News Story from St. Augustine, Wilcox, SK
St. Olivier School in Radville shares:
Christ In Christmas Cards
During the season of Advent, every student in Kindergarten through Grade 6 makes a Christmas card to give to residents of our local care home at the Radville Marian Health Centre. The purpose of the cards is to demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas – the celebration of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus’ birth.
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April 29, 2016:
Streaming the Light of Christ at St. Mary’s School in Estevan
The season of Lent is always exciting at St. Mary’s School. Our annual theme of “Streaming the Light of Christ upon our 21st Century Footprints” made it easy for us to work towards spreading Christ’s Light throughout the season of Lent. We officially began our journey through Lent with an All Schools Mass on Ash Wednesday. Father Brian Meredith presided over the mass with a combined praise choir leading the singing. Grade seven students from both St. Mary’s School and Sacred Heart/ Sacre Coeur served in the ministries. Our church community joined us in celebrating the beginning of Lent filling St. John the Baptist Church to the brim.
St. Mary’s Kindergarten, Grade 2, 4, 6 and 8 teachers teamed up to make the Lenten journey a very enlightening one. We learned about the Corporal Works of Mercy during assemblies. A combination of students from each of these grades presented at the assemblies. Each week, we were given a special mission to complete. Three of our missions were focused on helping out our community. Our school collected food for the hungry. A representative from the Salvation Army in Estevan spoke at our assembly to explain how our Food Bank and Warm Welcome Homeless Shelter work. We also collected food and supplies for the Estevan Humane Society to help with the animals who are homeless or abused. Our guest, Terry, explained how animals are left at the shelter and how we can be responsible for our pets. Our final community Work of Mercy was to visit and decorate the Estevan Regional Nursing Home for Easter. Each classroom made Easter decorations and Mrs. Pylychaty and her grade 4’s visited with the residents and decorated the walls with our crafts. It looked wonderful!
We also worked on showing mercy to everyone in our school family. One mission was to make sure that no one was left out on the playground. We made it our mission to play with one new friend at recess or lunch. We all worked hard to make our school family a warm and welcoming place. Lent helped us see that we all can play a role in building the Kingdom of God right here.
Three of our grade 7 students worked especially hard to teach everyone how to be merciful during this Lenten season. Our school has a tradition of celebrating Shrove Tuesday with a community breakfast. All the proceeds go towards the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation. The Grade 8’s on our service team prepared and served the delicious pancake breakfast. The grade 7 students ensured that the mercifulness continued all week with a PJ week. Participants paid a dollar a day to relax in pajamas. A ‘Pie in the Face Day’ was a great success. Students paid $5.00 per ticket to smoosh a plate of pudding in the face of a favourite teacher of their choice.
In total, from all fundraising efforts, St. Mary’s students, families, and staff successfully raised $1280.70 which was presented to the Foundation during the annual telethon on April 14th. It truly showed how, with a good plan and belief in your fellow students, great things can happen!
March 14, 2016:
St. Michael School, a Prekindergarten to Grade 9 campus, in Weyburn, SK has been blessed to welcome a NET ministries Infuse team throughout the year. The NET members visit during class and break time so that they may have an opportunity to meet with the youth and encourage them to become further involved with parish life. They offer youth groups, sports nights, music ministry and other great events for the youngsters to participate in as well as join them in celebrating Sunday mass.
The NET members have presented in a variety of formats including a skit to share the the importance of mass with the K-5 audience. Their skits are often very humorous and entertaining. NET has encouraged our youngsters to share their faith and become involved in parish life.
January 25, 2016:
St. Olivier School in Radville, Sk makes regular visits to the Health Centre to connect with the elderly citizens of the small rural community. On some occasions, the students prepare special presentations while on others they spend time visiting with the residents to share stories and be a neighbourly friend. On this special day, the students had prepared for their annual Christmas Festival and took their show on the road! Imagine the principal’s, Darrell Perras, delight when he later received this picture from Father Tony Pangan who had joined in the celebration.
St. Augustine School in Wilcox, Sk presents a Christmas program each year on the altar of St. Augustine Parish. Stage adaptations are made the pews are always filled with family and friends. It is not very often that every student in the school can be featured on stage at the same time. Pictured singing are all students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Even the small pre-schoolers take the microphone for a presentation of recitations they have worked so hard to memorize and vocalize!
The Christian Ethics students in Weyburn, Sk have been blessed with weekly visits by the Infuse team that has come to St. Vincent de Paul Parish for the year. Infuse is a division of NET Canada. These seven young adults have made weekly visits to give witness to their personal faith journey, to evangelize and to share in the study that the CE students are undertaking. Infuse offers out-of-class activities each week to encourage students to remain connected, or perhaps reconnect, with the life of the parish.