Finding Good News in Challenging Times: Ontario’s Catholic Schools


Toronto (May 4, 2009) – From May 3-8, Ontario’s Catholic school boards will be celebrating Catholic Education Week which is this year celebrating the theme “Catholic Education: Good News for All.” This annual promotion celebrates the distinctive contribution that Catholic schools make to students, the community and society.

It is sometimes difficult to find good news in today’s world. The economic crisis, the real fear of many parents that they may lose their jobs, the unsettled military conflicts across the globe make scanning the media for any good news stories a challenge. Yet there are numerous stories of courage, good will, compassion and academic success in Ontario’s publicly funded Catholic schools.

Catholic Education Week is marked by special activities at all grade levels, including prayer celebrations and service activities.

Five sub-themes, one for each of the five days of Catholic Education Week 2009, are aimed at helping staff and students to more clearly understand the rich meaning of this year’s theme:

Day 1: Embracing Hope
Day 2: Celebrating with Joy
Day 3: Building Community
Day 4: Growing in Integrity
Day 5: Living with Gratitude

While this annual promotion is one week in length, parishes, school boards and Catholic teachers collaborate all year long to celebrate the success of Ontario’s distinctive Catholic schools. Media and members of the community are encouraged to contact their local Catholic schools to arrange a visit during this special week and to participate in the planned activities that celebrate Catholic education in Ontario.

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The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association is the provincial voice for publicly funded Catholic education. Founded in 1930, OCSTA represents the interests of Catholic school boards that collectively educate approximately 600,000 students in Ontario, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.