This lent our parish is fortunate to have two dynamic presenters help us prepare for Easter. I have been in the parish for almost 25 years and cannot think of a time that we have had two people of this international stature present in our parish. As teachers we were fortunate to have Father Tony speak at our annual Catholic Educators’ Conference and this year we are excited to have Father Rob at our conference. There is a link below to a youtube video promoting the event.
The tragic accident in the the pick-up line at a Catholic school in Toronto gave me reason to pause and reflect on our drop-off and pick up procedures. We are fortunate to have staff members and parents who brave the elements to help direct traffic and keep everyone safe. When driving on the property please ensure that you are driving at the posted speed of 5 km/hr. Please refer to the attached map for traffic patterns, please share this map with any others who may drive you children.
Sacred Heart Open House 2018 - “Come and Celebrate Our School”: Thursday, January 25th from 6 - 8:30 pm. The goal of the evening is to invite all our current families to enjoy and celebrate our amazing school and welcome our children to show off their hard work. It is also an opportunity for parents to invite friends and family members for an evening of enjoyment and fun. In addition, we would love for your to refer new families to our school. For details about the events (including dinner) please see the attachments below.
Admission to Canada/Legal Residency Form: You have received a notice by email and paper copy (pink) of a form that we are required to have on file. As we are now required to have this completed on an annual basis, please fill out all three sections of this form even if you were born in Canada. If you have already handed in proof of your citizenship or lawfully admitted to Canada status, then we only need your proof of residency (a recent copy of your utility bill, mortgage document, rental agreement or tax assessment, etc) along with the completed form. Monday, January 22 is the deadline as we are preparing for an evaluation. Please see the attachment below for a copy of the form. Thank you.
Used Uniform Sale: Thursday, January 25. This much anticipated sale will be held after school in the main lobby until approximately 4 pm. Each items costs $2. If you have donations of gently used uniforms please drop them off anytime at the main office. Due to an overwhelming amount of walkathon shirts, we cannot accept these as donations.
Altar Servers January News: For information about the upcoming Altar Servers Social as well as a sign up form for new and old Altar Servers, please see the attachment below.
Study Skills Seminar: If you would like to attend the “How to Get Better Grades in School” seminar by Terry Small through delta Continuing Education, please see the attachment below.
The Countdown is On! Take advantage of the 2 inspiring Lenten events coming to our Parish this February! Singer-Songwriter Fr Rob Galea, is in concert Fri, Feb 9 on stage @ Sacred Heart School from 7-9pm. Doors open @ 6:30pm. Dynamic Writer-Preacher Fr Tony Ricard, leads us in a powerful evening Lenten reflection, Thurs, Feb 15 @ Sacred Heart Church from 7-9pm. Doors open @ 6:30pm! Get your tickets @ the display in the lobby of the school @ dismissal Wednesdays or after all weekend Masses. You don’t want to miss it! Check it out on this great promo video created by SHS alumni Tyson Sandulak https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAv8i0R1f60
Seeking Backup Singers for Fr Rob’s Concert: Students Gr 4-7 who love to sing are encouraged to join Fr Rob on stage singing back-up on 2 songs @ his concert Fri, Feb 9. Permission slips will be given to all interested students. Children who sing @ the concert attend free of charge, on the condition that at least one family member purchase a ticket and attend. The songs were introduced @ Hymn-In today. Children will practice with Fr Rob the day of the concert. Time TBD.
January – (Holy Orders) Vocations’ Month: Everyone’s 1st Vocation is to holiness, so we should strive to create a home environment where Christian virtue can flourish. What makes a family Holy? Click Here to learn what Pope Francis says.
Practical Ideas to Build Vocation Awareness @ Home
• Invite a priest, sister, or brother to dinner at your home
• Show your children a good example of holy marriage
• Attend an ordination (normally held in early summer)
• Pray the diocesan prayer for vocations at supper
• Always speak with respect for clergy and the Church
• Pray for our Pastors, Deacon & Sister
• Read and discuss the Bible stories of Mary’s response to God (Luke 1:26-39), and about Jesus’
calling the Apostles (Mt 4:18-22)
• Speak openly of vocations to marriage, priesthood, and religious life.