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Bishop Kirkpatrick delivers gifts from Pope Francis to Kleinburg school

On June 15th, Bishop Kirkpatrick visited Pope Francis Catholic Elementary School to make a special delivery on behalf of His Holiness Pope Francis! Students and staff were thrilled by the beautiful and unexpected surprise. Bishop Kirkpatrick, who officiated the Kleinburg's school's recent Solemn Blessing and Official Opening in April, visited Rome in the days immediately after the Blessing, along with the Bishops of Ontario.  The Bishops were fortunate to have an audience with Pope Francis.  At this meeting, Bishop Kirkpatrick told Pope Francis about the Solemn Blessing of the school in Ontario which bears his name…


Cardinal Carter CHS presents: Sacred Relics of the Saints

Cardinal Carter Catholic High School in Aurora recently held a presentation about Catholic miracles and healings, complete with a display of sacred relics, on June 12th. Organized by the school's Chaplaincy Department, the presentation began with an assembly where Father Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross spoke about the more than 150 holy objects that were on display at the school. Some of the relics were as old as 2000 years…

Passages Canada Speaker, Sang Kim visits St. Padre Pio CES

This spring, Grades 5-8 students at St. Padre Pio CES enjoyed a presentation by award-winning fiction writer, playwright, and restaurateur, Sang Kim, who spoke about the Passages Canada program.

Kim shared details of his life experiences and struggles that he faced as a young immigrant from South Korea. His emphasized that students should listen to the stories of their parents and grandparents and try to return to the fountain that marks their heritage. For only then can they move forward and contribute to what we know as Canada today. On behalf of the students, teachers and school community, St. Padre Pio thanks Sang Kim for visiting St. Padre Pio and volunteering his time to the Passages Canada program…

Thornhill students help divert 5,000 plastic bags out of landfills

St. Rene Goupil – St. Luke CES in Thornhill joined schools from across Canada in participating in Walmart's Plastic Grab Bag Challenge. Together with its school community, St. Rene Goupil – St. Luke CES collected almost 5,000 plastic bags that will be recycled into pellets and made into everyday items such as furniture, clothing, or household items.

"We are extremely proud of our school's efforts in diverting these bags from landfills and making our future brighter as a result," said Patricia Catenacci, Principal…

Students make lasting memories at YCDSB's Arts and Athletics Camp

This spring, approximately 300 students and staff attended the Board's Arts and Athletics Camp (ACC), which is a five-day excursion.

Since 1989, YCDSB has run the AAC at beautiful Camp White Pine in Halliburton. Schools bring their Grade 8 for their graduation trip where they participate in arts and athletics courses and fun activities lead by student leaders from YCDSB high schools. Many of the student leaders are former Arts and Athletics campers…

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