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December 12, 2021

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Leadership Message

This third week of Advent is one of JOY! We all are waiting with joyful anticipation, for the birth of Jesus. As we light the third candle on our Advent wreath, we can prepare for Jesus through acts of kindness. Advent is a time of waiting as well as a busy time of preparation. This week we can ask ourselves how are we making room for Christ to be born into our lives?

Mother Teresa of Calcutta brought untold blessings and joy to the poor who lay unattended and forgotten on the streets of Calcutta. When she was asked the source of her joy, Mother Teresa replied:

“Joy is prayer; joy is strength; joy is love and joy is a net of love. A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love, loving as He loves, helping as He helps, giving as He gives, serving as He serves, rescuing as He rescues, being with Him twenty-four hours, touching Him in His distressing disguise.”

When Advent arrived every year, Mother Teresa’s life continued to witness this joy.

Our St. Luke community has continued to bring joy to the people who are less fortunate. Our Christmas tree of giving continues receiving many donations for the food bank. In addition we have raised to date enough money for 2 Baskets of Blessing for the Lurana Shelter! This will bring great joy to many this Christmas season. There is still a bit of time if you wish to bring in donations. This week we will have a ‘Break the Rules Day'. Donations from this event will go to the Lurana Shelter. See the poster below for some fun activities for Friday.

Our Advent Concert Link will be emailed to all parents and guardians on Thursday night. Please take some time with your child to enjoy their part in the Advent concert. They all worked very hard learning and performing their song and we look forward to sharing this to all our families. I personally want to thank our Music Teacher Mr. Larry Grudinski for all his time and effort in putting together this performance.

Have a fantastic third week of Advent,

Cathy Hinger


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Our Leadership Team will be collecting Lonnies for the Lurana Shelter during the Advent Session. Lurana Shelter is a part of Catholic Social Services who is working hard to end violence against women and their children by helping to break the cycle of abuse, while uplifting victims as they rebuild their lives, free from fear and violence. Lurana Shelter is a first-stage, emergency shelter providing safe, secure refuge and emergency services such as food, clothing, transportation and child support as well as specialized services related to counselling and advocacy. For every &100.00 raised our school can purchase a Basket of Blessing for Lurana Shelter.

So far we have raised enough to purchase 2 Baskets of Blessings! Way to go St. Luke!

For more information about Lurana Shelter please visit their website.
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The St. Luke's Parent Association is happy to announce the Hot Lunch Program is now underway! We will have our final hot lunch for the year Thursday, December 16th, and will start up again on Thursday, January 6, 2022.

If any parents missed the deadline for ordering Hot Lunch but would like to place an order for the final 7 weeks of this session (January and February), we will be reopening the session on MunchALunch for orders from December 17-December 21st.

If you have any questions please contact Shelby Mistecki at

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EICS 2022-2026 Division Education Assurance Plan: Last day this Wednesday, Dec. 15th


Dear Elk Island Catholic School community,

This email serves as a friendly reminder to have your voice heard. If you have already provided thoughts on the exchange, we strongly encourage you to go into the exchange and continue to rate thoughts. As part of our ongoing open engagement with our EICS community, we invite you to participate in developing our 2022-2026 Division Education Assurance Plan.

EICS has been engaging with the division since December 1, 2021, through the ThoughtExchange online engagement process. It is a very easy and open thought process with only two questions to prompt discussion, collect input, and a starring process to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard.

To participate in the ThoughtExchange, please click on the following link.

The exchange will close on Tuesday, December 15th, and will be the starting point for the ongoing analysis by the EICS Board of Trustees and EICS leadership in creating the 2022-2026 Division Education Assurance plan.

Thank you,

Ted Paszek, Chair

EICS Board of Trustees

Upcoming Dates

December 13

  • Advent Week 3 10:00am
  • Advent Concert Taping for the Grades 5 & 6 play production
  • Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-4:30pm

December 14

  • Advent Week 3:10:00am
  • Boys Basketball Practice 3:00-4:30pm

December 15

  • Advent Week 3: 10:00am

  • Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-4:30pm

December 16

  • Advent Week 3: 10:00am
  • Boys & Girls Basketball Tournament

December 17

  • Advent Week 3: 10:00am
  • Break the Rules Day
  • Boys & Girls Basketball Tournament

Last day of classes for students: December 21st

Christmas Break: December 22nd - January 4th

Return to School: Wednesday, Jan. 5th

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OLPH (Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish)

Masses at OLPH will be livestreamed. Please join using this link.

Visit OLPH Website for more information about the parish and in regards to sacremental preparation.

Read the lastest bullitin from OLPH or visit

St. Francis of Assisi Parish is administered by Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sherwood Park. Please contact the parish for confession times and more information.

Clergy: Reverend Jim Corrigan, Pastor

Mass Time: Sunday 11:00

Email Address: StFrancisAssisi.Tofield(at)

5523 - 50 Street Tofield, AB T0B 4J0

See map: Google Maps

Phone: 780-467-5470