Schools celebrate Catholic Education Week, May 1-6, with events and activities that explore "Mercy"

Schools across the York Catholic District School Board will celebrate Catholic Education Week, which runs from May 1 - 6, by hosting special events and activities. The theme for this year's Catholic Education Week celebration is "Opening the Doors of Mercy," and many of the school events and activities will focus on ways to be more merciful, including the annual province-wide Mass for high school students, and the Board-wide social justice symposium for elementary school students. Other events and activities during Catholic Education Week will include: liturgies and prayer services, anti-bullying assemblies, an art exchange project, a literacy festival, the opening of an outdoor classroom, parent information evenings, school plays, and more.

Catholic Education Week recognizes the significant contributions that Catholic education has made to the community, the province and the country.

In recognition of Catholic Education Week, the York Catholic District School Board will announce its 2016 Distinguished Alumni on Monday, May 2, 2016. Its annual Distinguished Alumni campaign pays tribute to graduates from within the Board who have gone on to make significant and unique contributions in their respective careers and communities. The announcement is highly-anticipated within the York Catholic community.

Another highlight for Catholic Education Week will be the Luke 4:18 Social Justice Symposium, which will take place on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at the Catholic Education Centre in Aurora. His Eminence, Cardinal Thomas Collins will celebrate a Mass in the afternoon, as part of the symposium, which will be attended by elementary students from across the Board who are members of their school's social justice council. The symposium's theme, "Opening Doors of Mercy:  I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me," will encourage students to reflect on the ways in which people are treated as "strangers" in our society. It will also engage students in experiences that will deepen their understanding of social justice issues. The symposium will feature several engaging speakers as well as experiential, hands-on activities where students can demonstrate their faith. It will be an exciting day-long event where students will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills such as problem-solving, collaboration, action, planning, and presentation.

View a list of some events and activities taking place during Catholic Education Week