Jean Vanier Catholic School

October 25th, 2019

"Love First, Last, & Always"

Have you ever felt discouraged when your prayers seem to go unanswered? Have you ever wondered if God is really listening to you when you pray? In the Gospel this past Sunday, Jesus teaches us to pray with patience and perseverance (Luke 18: 1-8).

God not only hears our prayers, but He answers them, too. Listen to Catholic speaker Ken Yasinski’s Catholic Minute Youtube clip on prayer. Ken points us to Scripture for our answer. In Matthew 7:7, Jesus says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds, and the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Jesus urges us to ask! And why would he tell us to knock, unless somebody is home? God indeed hears our prayers!

But does God answer our prayers? He absolutely does, but perhaps not how we ask for or how we expect. How God answers our prayers may be unexpected and even surprising, but God’s answers are always better than we could have imagined. God cares for us and will not abandon us. His response to our prayers will be “yes”, “not yet”, or “I have something better in mind”. There is no such thing as an unanswered prayer.

A Message from our school Chaplain - Mrs. Beliveau

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Looking Ahead...

Mon. Oct. 28th: Assembly 12:30 pm Join Us! Hosted by grade 2/3M class

Tues. Oct. 29th: Father Balraj & Father Sathia visits us

Wed. Oct. 30th: Haloween Safety Presentation 1B & 1S 12:30-1:00

Thurs. Oct. 31st: Halloween Activity Fun Afternoon starts at 12:00-3:00 pm Students dress up in the afternoon only. Please no weapons!

Fri. Nov. 1st: All Saints' Day: a day we praise all the Saints

Sun, Nov 3rd: Catholic Education Sunday Masses: Please join Us!

8:30 am at OLPH Parish

10:00 am at St. Sophias Parish

NEXT assembly Tues. Nov 5th at 9 am

Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews

Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews Grades 1-4

Our Parent/Teacher interviews are scheduled to take place on November 5th & 6th.

To book your Interview time(s) please click on the link below and then click on "Make a Booking" enter code "sjqbn"

If you have any questions or need assistance please feel free to call the

school office 780-467-3633

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Kindergarten Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews

Interviews for Kindergarten will be Nov. 25 & 26. booking information will follow in the near future.

This week's Kindness Challenge

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Picture Retakes

If you missed picture retake day or you would like to retake your child's retakes please feel free to attend Icon's Retake session Nov. 4th from 3-7pm 176 Kaska Rd.

News from PAC (Parent Advisory Council)

Next Meeting - Nov 18th, @6:00pm in the Library. All Welcome!

Parent Council would like to thank all of our families who attended the Fall Family Dance. We had such a great turnout and so much fun!
Congratulations to the winner of The Oilers Hockey Tickets! A special thank you to Peter from Nitzas Pizza for that generous donation.
Please stay tuned for the grand total of money raised for our New Playground. Your donations have started us off great!!

News from BUCPS


The next scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, November 19 @7: 00 PM at Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School.

Dear BUCPS Families:

We are excited to announce our Poinsettia and Holiday Box Fundraiser 2019!

Orders are due on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH. Due to Fall Break, unfortunately no later orders will be accepted.

*** Pick up of items will be on Wednesday, November 27th at St. Theresa Catholic School from 3:00-7:00PM. ***

Please contact Jen Stav (780-915-8572) or Angela Ewaskiw (780-908-0785) or email with any questions.

Thank you for your support!


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Fall Program Guide for FCS

Parenting sessions in the community

JV Community of Learners this week

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Find out what is happening at OLPH!

This weeks Parish Bulletin - Oct 27

Catholic Education Evening: A Look Forward

You are invited to attend our second annual Catholic Education evening at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Sherwood Park in collaboration with Elk Island Catholic Schools on Monday, Nov. 4 @ 7:00 p.m. entitled "Catholic Education: A Look Forward." We are fortunate to have Archbishop Richard Smith, Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton; Dean Sarnecki, ACSTA Executive Director and Dr. Matt Hoven, Associate Professor of Religion and Education. St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta as our panelists. The evening will include presentations from each of the panelists, hospitality, questions and answers, and a brief presentation from local EICS representatives from GrACE (Paul Corrigan) and The REAL Foundations (Frank Yuzyk).

Come and find out why Catholic Education is indeed a blessing, what we can anticipate in the future and what we can do to help preserve it for future generations. Please see the poster below for details.

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St. Sophia's Parish Website

Noteworthy Information from St. Sophias:

  • Beginning in January, First Communion classes will be on Friday evenings from 6:30-8:00.

  • First Confession will take place on March 21 and First Holy Communion follows on March 22.

  • For more information and to register, please contact Lisa Melnychuk at or 780-922-0201

10:00 am on Sunday at Madonna school with Sunday school the 2nd ,3rd and 4th Sundays of the month and the 1st Sunday being Fr Rendy’s children’s Liturgy.

2019-2020 School Calendar

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Jean Vanier Catholic School

To contact any of our staff members via email, on our website under the "Contact" tab, is a contact form that you can fill out. Select the staff member from the dropdown box you wish to contact, fill in your name, your email address, your message and hit send. Staff will receive emails and respond within 24-48 hours. Thank-you.