St. Mary's Catholic School

School Newsletter - Dec. 12th, 2021

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Today marks the Third Sunday of the Advent Season!

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EICS Thought Exchange

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.

In Alberta, school boards are responsible for providing assurance to their stakeholders that they are fulfilling their responsibilities, meeting the needs of students, and enabling their success. The key to building public assurance is engaging with our education partners in the Division’s planning and reporting cycle. The parent, student, and EICS community voices are integral to building this plan and help create a culture of continuous improvement.

EICS will be engaging with our communities beginning 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 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.

Many thanks for your participation.
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Study Skills and Test Taking - Wednesdays at Lunch

We have noticed many students with high anxiety surrounding test taking, especially around PAT's and Diplomas. Starting this week STMY is offering extra coping and studying skills seminars at lunchtime in the Library. Please speak to Ms. Sonora Bohaychuk for further details.

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Fee Waiver Deadline - Dec. 13th

Parents, please don't forget to apply for your fee waivers before December 13th. Contact Mrs. Michaelchuk at the main office for more details.
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STMY Jr. Girls and Boys Basketball VS Fultonvale

The Jr. Boys and Girls basketball teams were in league action against the Fultonvale Firebirds. The boys jumped out to an early lead and never looked back coming out victorious with a score of 66-44. The leading scorers in the game were Lucas Kobelsky with 21, Cameron Dixson who scored 15, and Andrew Henderson rounding out the top three with 14 points.

The Jr. Girls played hard but lost a tough game against an aggressive Firebirds team. The girls had a slow start in the first half but played with more composure in the 3rd quarter. They continue to show growth as a team with a lot more season ahead.

Both games can be found in the video links below.

Jr High Boys Basketball
Jr High Girls' Basketball
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Sr. Boys Basketball @ Daysland/Forestburg Icebreaker Tournament.

The Sr. Boys Saints competed at the annual Icebreaker 16 team Tournament hosted jointly by Daysland and Forestburg last weekend. The Boys faced off against Bawlf for their first game of the year but dropped an entertaining game. The final game of the tournament saw the boys defeat the Bashaw Rebels by double digits. Coach Stuart sees a lot of potential in the team and is excited about the growth that will continue to happen throughout the season. Great job gentlemen!

Community Announcements:

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Loonie for Lurana Fundraiser

This advent EICS is continuing to partner with Catholic Social Services to support women and

children in Lurana Shelter. Lurana is a 21 day domestic abuse emergency shelter. The women and children who stay there have no-where else to go. Their home is unsafe. They may have left their home with only the clothes on their back. They need the staff in CSS’ Lurana Shelter to help them heal.

Despite Covid restrictions, since April 97 women and 101 children have been served in Lurana

from every part of our province. Families have small private bedrooms and share the kitchen

and washroom. Every person served will also receive a ‘Basket of Blessings’ purchased by the

students, staff and parents of Elk Island Catholic School Division.

Each basket is tailored to the specific needs of women and children as they enter Lurana

Shelter. A typical adult basket may include soap, toothbrushes and other toiletries, feminine

hygiene products, make-up, hair brushes/combs and other basics. A typical children’s basket

may include necessities like soothers, a rattle or other small toy, a book, a small blanket.

All adult and children’s Baskets of Blessings also include a teddy bear. Clients of Lurana often report that they keep this teddy bear their whole lives.

STMY will be encouraging students to bring a loonie for Lurana over the next couple of weeks before Christmas to support the purchase of Baskets of Blessing. If you would like to donate further please go to: .

Catholic Social Services is once again deeply grateful to all our supporters throughout EICS for your solidarity in these testing times for so many vulnerable Albertans.

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Third Week of Advent

Why a Pink Candle?

  • The pink candle represents joy - the joy that Jesus is almost here.

  • Think of it this way: when parents get ready to bring a new baby home, they typically paint the baby’s room pink or blue. They do this out of joy for the baby's arrival. In the same way, the priest wears pink and we light a pink candle to represent the joy we feel to welcome Jesus in Christmas.

  • The Pope used to honor a citizen with a pink rose during this week. Priests then would wear pink vestments as a reminder of this coming joy. Although the culture tells us it’s already Christmas, the Church reminds us through the pink candle of Advent that there is an appointed time for everything (Eccl. 3:1). The time now is for rejoicing–because the Lord is coming soon!

Reading from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


O Almighty God, gracious provider and giver of life, we anxiously await the celebration of your birth. Like the people of long ago, our ancestors in faith, we, too, are in need of light, in need of direction, in need of your Word, to show us the way. May the Joy of the Lord be our strength this Christmas season. Help us Lord, to focus on you. We pray that you hear our prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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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Announcement of Alberta Indigenous Delegation to Vatican Press conference (Dec 2, 2021 11:15am)