Catholic World Education Day
Celebrating World Catholic Education Day and Catholic Education Week – May 30, 2019 is World Catholic Education Day. This day is an opportunity for Catholics the world over to celebrate and give thanks for the gift of Catholic education. It is a time to pause, reflect and pray for the gift of Catholic education.This day is also the centre of “Catholic Education Week” which is celebrated in our Greater Saskatoon Catholics Schools. During “Catholic Education Week,” marked from May 27 through June 2, our 50 Catholic Schools will be engaging in daily prayer and activities that celebrate and reflect on the gift of Catholic education. This year’s theme is “Living as Joyful Disciples”.
We are fortunate to have the choice of Catholic education for our children and young adults in Saskatoon and surrounding area. We do know, however, that the Government of Saskatchewan Education Funding Model does not recognize faith-based Catholic instruction as a cost to be funded. We also know that 10 per cent of all instructional time in our Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is spent on Catholic religious studies. These costs amount to approximately $2 million each year excluding in-school staffing costs.
Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation is working hard to promote and support the delivery of Catholic education within our 50 Greater Saskatoon Catholics Schools. The Foundation’s work centres around four pillars:
- Faith Formation;
- Service and Compassion;
- Educational Excellence, and
- Future of Catholic Education.
Please consider making a donation in honour of “Catholic Education Week,” either online at https://foundation.gscs.ca or by calling the Foundation at 306-659-7003. Together we can make our Catholic Schools the best that they can be.
2019 Catholic Education Week Prayer:Loving God, We thank you for our Catholic school community where we can journey in faith together. Help us to accompany each other in our learning as we grow, living as joyful disciples of Jesus and bringing good news to the world. May your love speak to our hearts, helping us to bring hope to others and a commitment to justice in all we do. We make this prayer through Jesus, our Lord and teacher. Amen