St. Mary's Catholic School
Weekly Snapshot Newsletter - June 10 - 14th
Gospel Reflection, Sunday June 9th, 2019: Pentecost Sunday
Jesus appears to his disciples and gives them the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Background on the Gospel Reading
The season of Easter concludes with today's celebration, the feast of Pentecost. On Pentecost we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem; this event marks the beginning of the Church. The story of Pentecost is found in the Acts of the Apostles, today's first reading. The account in today's Gospel, taken from the Gospel of John, also recounts how Jesus gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to his disciples. There is no need to try to reconcile these two accounts to each other. It is enough to know that, after his death, Jesus fulfilled his promise to send to his disciples a helper, an advocate, who would enable them to be his witnesses throughout the world.
In the context of the feast of Pentecost, this reading reminds us about the integral connection between the gifts of peace and forgiveness and the action of the Holy Spirit. Jesus greets his disciples with the gift of peace. Jesus then commissions his disciples to continue the work that he has begun, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” As he breathes the Holy Spirit upon them, Jesus sends his disciples to continue his work of reconciliation through the forgiveness of sins.
This Gospel reminds us that the Church is called to be a reconciling presence in the world. This reconciling presence of Christ is celebrated in the Church's sacramental life. In the Sacrament of Baptism, we are washed clean from sin and become a new creation in Christ. In the Sacrament of Penance, the Church celebrates the mercy of God in forgiving sins. This reconciling presence is also to be a way of life for Christians. In situations of conflict, we are to be agents of peace and harmony among people.
Pentecost is sometimes called the birthday of the Church. The Gospel for Pentecost reminds us that the Church begins with the command to forgive. Within the family, the domestic Church, we learn how to forgive and we learn to accept forgiveness. It is the gift of the Holy Spirit that enables us to do both. Today is a fitting time to share a family celebration of reconciliation.
As you gather together as a family, sit quietly for a few minutes, inviting all to reflect upon their need to forgive and to receive forgiveness. If there is a situation or issue within the family that needs attention, spend some time reflecting upon the concern and how your family might address it. Read together today's Gospel, John 20:19-23. Talk together about how Jesus gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us in the work of forgiveness and to bring us peace. Pray together the Prayer to the Holy Spirit, asking that the Holy Spirit help your family. Share with one another the sign of peace.
June 2019 Exam Schedule - Reminder that Junior High (7-9) students need parental permission to leave the building following exams. Please note the change in English 20-2/20-2 which is now a two part exam written on Tuesday, June 18th and Thursday, June 20
The Drama Club production of "And Then There Was One" was amazing! Great job by all cast and crew! Check out the photos below!
Congratulations to our Senior High Athletes who competed at Track Provincials in Calgary and finished 3rd among 127 other 1A schools! Special congratulations to Sloane C. who won Bronze in 4X400 Relay!
This week our grade 9's participated in the PARTY “Prevention of Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth” Program. What a powerful learning opportunity!
Our Calm 20 class and some of our grade 12's were lucky enough to have a tour and presentation at the U of A!
Coaches Needed for the 2019 - 2020 School Year!
If you have experience and would like to coach golf, cross country, volleyball, basketball, handball, badminton, curling, or track and field, please contact our athletic directors:
Jr. High Athletic Director: Curtis Paulichuk
Sr. High Athletic Director: Chris Manderson
Last chance to apply to attend the NCYC 2019 conference! If you are interested see Mr. Walker ASAP! What a great faith building opportunity!
Demographic Confirmation Forms - please complete and submit ASAP
The “EICS Demographic Confirmation Form” for the 2019-2020 school year, is now available for you to complete and submit, for each of your children attending an Elk Island Catholic School. The form is found online in your PowerSchool Parent Portal and you may have received an email regarding updating this info.
This form is a mandatory document and is required to be updated for every student each year, as it could greatly impact you with respect to the Canada Revenue Agency information and Immigration when they request validation of your information.
Alberta Education requires that we obtain a detailed update of student demographics on an annual basis. Funding they provide for your child's education is conditional to us receiving these updates and making them part of the student's record. We would appreciate you completing and submitting this form, for each of your children, as soon as possible.
Please contact our school secretary, Margaret Michaelchuk at 780-632-3934, if you have any questions or require assistance.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
Important Information Regarding Fee Changes from EICS for the 2019 - 2020 School Year - Please Read
Information about Technology in EICS
EICS 2019-2020 School Calendar
Important dates / Looking ahead:
Looking ahead to June
14 - PE 20/30 waterpark trip
14 - Hot Lunch - Hamburger
17 - Last day of Regular Classes - Halo Awards PM
18 - 27 - Exams (see June exam schedule)
21 - National Aboriginal Day (Canada)
27 - Last day school open for students
In junior high and interested in volunteering for "Sizzlin' Summer"? Check out the form below!
St. Martin of Tours Parish Info
Registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation is now open.
Please Call the Parish Office at 780-632-3272 to register your child.
The Confirmants must be in Grade 6-12 or older.
All adults who have been baptized and received their First Holy Communion may also register. All candidates not baptized in the Parishes of St. Martin of Tours, Vegreville, Holy Heart of Mary, Viking or St. Gregory the Great, Holden must provide a copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate.
Please register before June 30, so materials can be ordered to prepare for classes to begin in early fall.
The Confirmation date will be in 2020.