St. Mary's Catholic School

School Newsletter - Feb. 27th , 2022

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It's almost Ash Wednesday!

March 2nd, our school community is so very blessed to be able to have Ft. Robert Lee from St. Martin of Tours Parish share Ash Wendsday Liturgy with us! It will be the first time in 2 years that we will be able to celebrate as an entire school family. Thank you to our school chaplain, Ms. Amy Yaremcio and Ft. Robert Lee for arranging this for our school.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent and in many ways it feels like the pandemic, etc. has been the longest of Lents with many things "given up" or gone from our lives for a time. Some people described last Lent as the "Lentiest of Lents" and perhaps this upcoming Lent will feel much the same. Perhaps our way of responding to Lent in 2022 might be not to simply give something else up, but to introduce a spiritual practice into our lives that can bring us closer to God. For example, daily prayer or bible reading - or perhaps even a Catholic podcast such as "The Bible in a Year" Podcast by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a great 20 minute daily podcast available on all major podcast platforms and can be directly accessed here:

The Spiritual Reason for Fasting
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EICS Statement on the War in Ukraine

It is with heavy hearts that we follow the news of war in Ukraine.

We recognize that students and staff may be affected by the conflict. Please know that we are here to support you. If you see friends or colleagues who are struggling, please encourage them to reach out to a Family Wellness Worker or teacher/counsellor within your school.

On Tuesday, March 1st, all EICS schools, and facilities will be standing in solidarity with the people of Ukraine by wearing the national colours of blue and yellow. At 11:00 a.m., we will have a moment of silence across the division to pray for peace in the Eastern Europe.

Prayer for Ukraine

God of infinite mercy and goodness,

with grateful hearts we pray to you today for peace.

You offer us your peace continually (Jn.14:27)

and constantly remind us that peacemakers are blessed,

“for they shall be called children of God” (Mt.5:9).

May your voice resound in the hearts of all,

as you call us to follow the path of reconciliation and peace,

and to be merciful as you are merciful.

We pray to you for the people of the Ukraine

who are experiencing conflicts and death.

Bless the leaders with wisdom, vision, and perseverance needed

to build together a world of justice and solidarity,

and to break down walls of hostility and division.

To you we entrust all families

and pray that they may never yield

to discouragement and despair,

but become heralds of new hope to one another

in this challenging time.

May you continue to inspire all of us

to oneness of heart and mind,

to work generously for the common good,

to respect the dignity of every person

and the fundamental rights which have their origin

in the image and likeness of God impressed upon every human being.

Grant eternal rest to the dead and quick recovery to the wounded,

we pray through Christ our Lord, Amen!

The Eparchy of Edmonton Stands with Ukraine
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Outdoor Education Survival Skills

The outdoor ed. class spent some time outside learning to make a lean-to. They showed teamwork, leadership, and ingenuity. Thank you Mr. Maynard for leading this options course for our students!
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  • March 1: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Celebration (Period 1)

  • March 2: Ash Wednesday

  • March 4: Faith and Wellness PD for EICS STAFF - School Closed to Students
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Home Games This Week:

Tuesday: Jr. Boys and Girls Basketball Home Games starting @ 4pm

Wednesday: Sr boys and girls bball hosting Kitscoty for an exhibition game. Boys @ 5pm Girls right after.

Spectators Now Welcome!

In line with the move to remove public health restrictions by the Government of Alberta, Elk Island Catholic Schools will now invite spectators to our gymnasiums and schools to watch sports events beginning Thursday, February 17, 2022. We encourage families to sit together as a group and masks are still required for all adults in conjunction with current provincial public health regulations. To keep up to date on all the guidelines in the EICS 2022 School Plan, please refer to the EICS School Plan

With regards to Field Trips, interviews and Parent volunteers- those items will be addressed at upcoming admin meetings.

We are very excited to be able to welcome our families and community back into our schools and want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during the past two years.

Community Announcements:

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Drop In Basketball at the Vegreville Centennial Library

Starting March 2, every Wednesday from 3pm-6pm (2pm -6pm on Early Dismissal) the Vegreville Centennial Library will be offering Drop In Basketball for grades 6 - 12! A parent signed waiver is required and can be download at
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Teen Space is BACK at the Vegreville Centennial Library from 6-8pm

Currently masks are still mandatory and food/drink is postponed until further restrictions are lifted.

They will have the same fun, self-guided activities but also have the gym open if you want a pick up game of basketball etc.

A waiver needs to be filled out by parents and you can find them here
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Parish Plans:

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Please register to attend Saturday or Sunday Mass:

They are using the webpage: SignUpGenius.

On the page that comes up click on the box or boxes of the Masses you wish to attend. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Submit and Sign-Up”. On the page that then comes up, enter your name, email, phone number and in “Quantity” put in the number of people attending with you. Then click on “Sign-Up Now”

Please contact Barb at the office if you are unable to register online and she will do it for you.

ph: 780-632-3272


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