St. Mary's Catholic School

Weekly Snapshot Newsletter - October 1st - 5th

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October is the month of the Rosary!

By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to certain devotion. The month of October is dedicated to the holy Rosary, one of the best known of all Catholic devotions. October includes the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7). The best way to celebrate the month is, of course, to pray the Rosary.


The Rosary draws its mysteries from the New Testament and is centered on the great events of the Incarnation and Redemption with each decade referring to an event in the life of Jesus and Mary. The Mysteries of the Rosary give us “snapshots” of the life of Christ and his Mother.

  • The Joyful Mysteries are taken mostly from Saint Luke's Gospel in the New Testament. They involve the joyful events of Jesus' childhood.
  • The Luminous Mysteries bring a deeper understanding to the public life of Jesus. They fill in the blanks between the childhood of Jesus and His suffering and death on the cross.
  • The Sorrowful Mysteries remind us of how much Jesus loves us. They recall how He suffered and died just for us.
  • The Glorious Mysteries tell us what happened after Jesus died-His Resurrection, the descent of the Holy Spirit and the love Jesus had for his Mother.


The praying of the Rosary is a wonderful way to get in the habit of daily prayer - It can begin a day or end a day. Blessed Pope Paul VI concluded that it was an excellent prayer and its intrinsic value should draw people to its "calm recitation."

In this month of October, let us consider this beautiful prayer of the Rosary as a means that we can use to help ourselves and our families draw closer to Jesus and Mary by meditating on the great mysteries of our salvation.

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Monday is Orange Shirt Day! - Please wear Orange!

Every September 30th, our nation recognizes Orange Shirt day. As this date falls on a Sunday, we will be celebrating the day at St. Mary's on Monday, October 1st.


Why Orange Shirts?

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.



We encourage you to find out more about this important day at: http://www.orangeshirtday.org/

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Three of our students got to participate in the Canadian Student Leadership Conference this past week in Edmonton! We are excited to find out about all the great things you learned Ben, Alexis, and Jacklyn!

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Our Junior teams did AWESOME this weekend at their tournaments - check it out!

Our Junior Girls were AMAZING and were the CONSOLATION CHAMPIONS at the Fort Christian Tournament!

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Our Junior Boys absolutely CRUSHED at the Fort Saskatchewan Tournament - they were UNDEFEATED and brought home the GOLD! WAY TO GO SAINTS!

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Our students all participated in the school community Terry Fox Walk. It was so great to see our four school communities together and to see our students partnered and making connections with students from St. Martins! We raised well over $300 and the Toonies keep rolling in to support this great cause!

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Check out some of the cool items added by MHCB (Mental Health Capacity Building) to our Flex Room!

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Cools stuff happening in Outdoor Ed! Canoe Building!

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Cools stuff happening in Religion class! A balloon drop activity demonstrating the need for the gifts of the Holy Spirit!

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Grads - here's some important information for you!

Post Secondary Registration Evening!


This coming Monday, October 1st, St. Mary’s Catholic School will be hosting a Post Secondary registration night in the school library, starting at 6:30PM


School staff and administration will be on hand to assist students in registering for post-secondary studies at the University, College, and Technical schools of their choice.


In order for the evening to be a success, students should bring/prepare the following:

-a list of the top 3-4 institutions / programs they are wanting to register at

-a credit card to pay online registration fees

-a parent/guardian present for online authorization

-”MyPass” login information

- Bring their own device - we have limited computer access in the library, so a fully charged, internet capable device (laptop/chromebook) is a good idea.


We hope to see you there!


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Important dates / Looking ahead:

October 1st- Orange Shirt Day (in lieu of it being celebrated on Sunday, Sept. 30)


October 1st - Post Secondary Registration Evening for Grade 12's and their parents/guardians


October 5th - Staff Professional Development Day - School closed to students


October 8th - Thanksgiving! Enjoy the time with family and friends!


October 10th - Grad ring order day

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