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St. Theresa - May 21, 2023

Why is May the Month of Mary?

The tradition of dedicating the month of May to Mary, came about in the 13th century. The reason is the fact that this month is the time when spring is at the height of its beauty. Spring is also connected with nature renewing itself. In her way, Mary gave new life to the world when she gave birth to our saviour Jesus Christ.

Devotion to Mary is an important part of the Catholic identity. As our mother, she is an example of a committed “Yes” to the will of God. Because of the devotion to her many people ask her for help in the most difficult moments of their life as any child does with his mother.

Mary was the first disciple of Jesus because she was the first person to know that

he was the Messiah. Throughout her life, she encouraged and helped others to

follow him as well. By learning about the life of Mary, we learn what it means to be

a disciple of Jesus.

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.

Holy Mary Mother of God,

pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death


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Gospel Reflection

Offering the Holy Mass with Jesus

Seventh Sunday of Easter (When the Ascension was celebrated Thursday—Year A)

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him.” John 17:1–2

This passage comes at the conclusion of the Last Supper and at the end of a lengthy discourse by our Lord. During the three previous chapters of John’s Gospel, Jesus taught His disciples that He will bestow His peace upon them by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that they must remain united to Him as a branch is attached to a vine and that the world will hate them and persecute them. After those instructions, Jesus raised His eyes to Heaven and prayed a lengthy prayer to the Father. It is His High Priestly Prayer by which Jesus acknowledged that His hour had arrived and that it is an hour in which He will glorify the Father. In this prayer, Jesus asks his Father for the disciples to be kept safe from the evils of the world. He also prays for all who would believe in Him and become His followers. Thus, in this prayer Jesus prayed for you.

Spiritually speaking, this High Priestly Prayer continues today through the celebration of the Holy Mass. Recall that Jesus had just celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples and was preparing to offer His life on the Cross for the salvation of the world. Within this holy context, Jesus prays this prayer. It is a prayer that is perpetuated by our Lord every time we celebrate the Holy Eucharist.

In commenting upon this passage, Saint Augustine notes that this prayer is prayed immediately after Jesus told His disciples that they would encounter trouble within the world. “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” For that reason, Jesus set an example for us on how we are to deal with the troubles we encounter in life. We, too, must turn our eyes to Heaven and pray to the Father. The best way to do so is by our full interior participation in the Holy Mass.

What form of “trouble” do you experience right now in your life? There are many things that fall into that category and are different for each person. As you call your struggle to mind, try to imagine our Lord kneeling next to you, praying this prayer to the Father for you. In reality, this is exactly what Jesus does every time we participate in the Holy Mass. The Mass is His “hour.” It is His perfect offering to the Father. It is the one and only source of all grace in our world and in our lives. It is Jesus glorifying the Father and inviting us to share in that glorification by uniting ourselves and our troubles to Him in His offering. It is through this perfect Sacrifice that Jesus bestows “eternal life” upon you and all who turn to Him in their need.

Reflect, today, upon the way in which you celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. When you attend, do you find you become distracted or are inattentive to what takes place? The Mass is your hour each week in which you kneel next to Jesus as He kneels next to you, praying to the Father in Heaven. The power of the Mass is infinite. Within the Mass all the grace you need is given to you, and you are invited to share in the glory of the Son of God. Ponder your participation in the Mass and renew your commitment to pray it with our Lord with the same depth of prayer Jesus had at that first and perpetual offering.

My Eucharistic Lord, in union with You I offer to the Father in Heaven Your Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity for the salvation of the world. Help me to do so with my whole heart and to be attentive to the offering of Your life as it is perpetuated through the Holy Mass. May I bring my life, my troubles and my whole being to every celebration of the Mass so that I may receive from You the gift of eternal life. Jesus, I trust in You.

Upcoming School Events

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Monday May 22 - Victoria Day - No School
  • Tuesday May 30 - Parent Council Meeting - St. Theresa Library @ 6:30pm
  • Monday June 5 - Friday June 9 - Last Week of Library Book Exchange for Students
  • Thursday June 1 - Grade 6 Immunizations
  • Monday June 5 - Grade 5 Swimming
  • Tuesday June 6 - Friday Schedule
  • Wednesday June 7 - Early Dismissal @ 2:13pm
  • Friday June 9 - School Mass - OLPH Church @ 10:30am
  • Friday June 9 - Grade 8 Farewell @ 4:00pm
  • Sunday June 11 - Ukrainian Bilingual 4-8-12 Celebration @ 2:00pm

Track and Field Zones

Good luck to the 43 Grade 7 & 8 track athletes who have qualified for districts! The track meet will take place next Tuesday, May 23rd at Strathcona Athletic Park.

Save the Date - Grade 8 Farewell

The St. Theresa Grade 8 Celebration Committee is in the process of planning this year's grade 8 celebration. The event will take place on Friday June 9, 2023.

The costs for the evening will be partially covered by St. Theresa School, and a $5.00 cost per grade 8 student attending will be applied to PowerSchool.

The success of this celebration depends on your support and participation. Please complete the google form sent out by Friday, May 19, 2023, so that your child's homeroom teacher can have an accurate number of people attending.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Marson, Ms. Brownlee, Mrs. Anton, Miss Gartner, & Mrs Parsall-Myler 780-464-4001.

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Save the Date - Ukrainian Bilingual 4-8-12 Celebration

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Parent Information

Hot Lunch Ordering

The next cycle of Hot Lunch ordering is now open. An email was sent out on Tuesday May 16th with additional details.

Deadline to order Hot Lunch is Friday May 26th @ 9:00pm

Replacement Bus Passes

Please note that all replacement bus passes must be requested by Parents/Guardians through PowerSchool. A replacement fee will be required to process the replacement. Bus passes will be sent directly from Transportation at the Main Board Office. Please direct any questions to Transportation at (780) 467 - 8896.

St. Theresa 2022 - 2023 Yearbooks for purchase


The code to access it is: 13972923

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St. Theresa School Apparel 2023

St. Theresa School Apparel 2023 is now available online through a locally owned company called "Fully Promoted."

Please see below for the changes and new information:

- All orders must be made on the store link.

- Payment is not required until products are picked up or prior to delivery. When the order is complete, they will email the customer to let them know and offer them the options of pick up at our store or delivery to the school with bulk orders once they have been paid for. There would not be a charge for delivery to the school.

- Parents/students are more than welcome to visit the store to see and try on items.

- There is no closing date on the webstore.

- There will be an additional 10% off the pricing that is shown on the store site for orders placed as part of their team and school program.


2023 Provincial Election Advocacy Postcard

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Upcoming Events

UFest Edmonton Ukrainian Festival

May 26 & 27, 2023 at Borden Park in Edmonton.
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Music Mini Workshop

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Last Week at St. Theresa

Preparing Students for the Future

Did you know our St. Theresa teachers are focusing on developing in our students Alberta's Student COMPETENCIES as they teach lessons?

Alberta's Student COMPETENCIES are combinations of attitudes, skills, and knowledge that students develop and apply for successful learning, living and working. Students are the artists, scientists, thinkers, innovators, and leaders of the future. They will be tasked with solving the problems of today while imagining and creating a new tomorrow. The Competencies are critical for equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that they will need to successfully navigate their personal journeys in learning, living and working.

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Walking Rosary for Catholic Education Week

The Ukrainian program participated in a walking rosary today - inside the school, stopping at the chapel, the foyer and the Mary statue by the gym to pray. Prayers were recited in Ukrainian and in English. #catholiceducationweek2023

Many Student Competencies were utilized while the while participating in Prayer. Some of these Competencies might include: Cultural and Global Citizenship, Personal Growth & Well-being, Communication, and Collaboration.

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5F - Catholic Education Bulletin Board

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Grade 7 - Blanket Exercise with Rob Davies Métis Knowledge Keeper

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Vyshyvanka Day

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Performing Arts 6 - Improv Workshop with Rapid Fire Theater

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ESL Bowling

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Grade 6 - Study Skills

Mr. Casillas visited grade 6M to discuss and encourage healthy and efficient study habits.
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Grade 8 - Leadership

Leadership 8 students taught several cooperative games to the grade 5/6/7 classes as well as going through their own collaboration and communication exercises.
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Pathways learning about First Nations Turtle Calendar

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6M and 6U - Science

In science this week, 6M and 6U used Oreos to create Moon Phases for their Sky Science Activity.


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Parent Societies

Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

The St. Theresa Parent Advisory Council performs many vital functions for our school community, by helping to facilitate school wide student functions and providing valuable funding to our school via fundraising. Parents involved in the PAC learn about planning and development within the school and are part of the planning process. These roles make their involvement very important to the families, administration and teachers.


2022 - 2023 PAC Meeting Dates - St. Theresa School Library @ 6:30pm

November 1, 2022

January 10, 2023

February 21, 2023

April 4, 2023

May 30, 2023

2022-2023 Executive PAC Members:

Chair - Jody Ostrosky

Co-Chair - Lindsay Tomalik

Treasurer - Kim Pennock

Secretary - Rosie Conrad

Bilingual Ukrainian Catholic Parents Society (BUCPS)

Bitaemo! Sherwood Park's Ukrainian Bilingual Program began in 1980 and has seen decades of success in academic achievement, global learning, and celebration of the rich Ukrainian heritage. From Preschool/Sadochok to Grade 12, the Ukrainian Bilingual Program offers a community-minded cultural environment along with an enhanced academic curriculum. BUCPS Mission is to promote, advocate, support and foster cultural and educations opportunities for students in the Ukrainian Bilingual Program.


2022-2023 Executive BUCPS Members:

President - Slavko Nohas

Vice-President - Christin Hyshka

Treasurer - Andrea Chmilar

Secretary - Kelsey Whattam

Members at Large:

Talia Koziak/Kathy Leskow/Clayton Starko

Health and Wellness

Youth Feedback Opportunity with Strathcona County

Recreation and Culture Strategy Community Check-In

Strathcona County is inviting youth in Grades 7-12 to share their feedback to help plan for the next four years of recreation and culture opportunities in the community, by completing an online survey between May 1 – May 22.

Youth completing the survey can enter to win 1 of 10, $50.00 Recreation, Parks and Culture gift cards!

Take the survey today: https://countyvoice.strathcona.ca/recculture2023

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Summer Camps

Thunder Basketball

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OLPH Vacation Bible School

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St. Sophia's Catholic Church - Ukrainian Day Camp

There are still a few free places for citizens of Ukraine who arrived after February 2022. Please message me at stsophiadaycamp@gmail.com if you are interested.

Є ще кілька вільних місць для громадян України, які прибули після лютого 2022 року. Будь ласка, надішліть мені повідомлення на stsophiadaycamp@gmail.com, якщо ви зацікавлені.
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Volunteers needed for Vacation Bible Camp July 10 - 14

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Our Lady of Victory Camp returns in 2023!

This camp exists to support families and youth ministry initiatives in the Archdiocese of Edmonton by offering a week-long faith experience. At camp everyone can Encounter Christ, Encounter Community, and Encounter Creation. They will do this through a mixture of faith experiences and outdoor activities held at our camp on beautiful Gull Lake.

Registration for camp is now open, and any young person entering grades 4-12 next fall is welcome to attend! Our summer schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, July 8 – Grand Re-opening BBQ (All are welcome! Details coming soon.)
  • July 9-13 – High School Camp (Grades 10-12. Youth who attend these weeks can volunteer as junior counselors at the elementary, jr high, and all ages weeks of camp.)
  • July 16-20 – Elementary Camp (Grades 4-6)
  • July 23-27 (Tentative) – Benedict XVI Institute “Great Books” Week
  • July 30-August 3 – Junior High Camp (Grades 7-9)
  • August 6-10 – All Ages Camp (Grades 4-9)

Read more about what we do at camp, how to register, or how you can get involved or support OLVC at www.olvcamp.com.

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Parish News

OLPH Parish

We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe


13 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park AB. T8H 1Y7

Phone : 780 467 5470 Fax : 780 467 0530

E-mail: info@olph.ca Website: www.olph.ca

Dear Parents:

Welcome to a new year of Catholic education and faith formation for your child!

Each year, in a Catholic school, your child will learn about many aspects of their Catholic faith— including learning about the seven sacraments. In our Archdiocese, preparing children for the celebration of their own sacraments always occurs in the parish, with the support of the school: • preparing for First Reconciliation, and then First Eucharist, can begin when a child is 7 years of age and in Grade 2 or older

• preparing for Confirmation can begin when a child is about 12 years of age and in Grade 6 or older • special preparation is also available for children of any age who are not yet baptized

Most children attending Catholic schools are ready to receive at the ages shown above, but there is no such thing as too late. Are you seeking for your child to celebrate a sacrament, such as Baptism, First Communion or Confirmation? Are you ready to help them live out their Baptismal promises? Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and Elk Island Catholic Schools are each involved in preparing your child for a Catholic sacrament along with you. It is a group effort, and everyone has a role:

• As a parent, the Church has always held that you are the primary teacher of the faith for your child. You teach them about God; set the example; talk about your own faith; and you bring them to Mass. • The place where the sacraments are celebrated and lived is the Catholic parish. We the people of God in the Church are each part of the Body of Christ. Being in relationship with the parish community (with all its challenges and blessings) is essential for your life of faith and that of your child. The preparation for, and celebration of, the sacraments happens in the parish church. • You must sign your child up for preparation at the parish. The school doesn’t do this part of the process for you. Catholic schools are a special place for children to learn more about Jesus Christ, to practice living in a community of faith, and to develop and deepen a relationship with Christ. We (Catholic parish and Catholic school) are eager to walk beside you and your children during this very special time.

Please call OLPH parish office 780-467-5470, send an email to sacraments@olph.ca or visit www.olph.ca/sacraments to get started or learn more.

As you prepare your child for their sacraments may this also be a special time for you - of deepening your own understanding and of growing in faith for the whole family!

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Jim Corrigan, Pastor

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish

A Roman Catholic Christian community.

We come together at our Lord’s invitation to worship God, celebrate the sacraments, and deepen our faith. We strive to be thankful, generous and welcoming, and are sent forth to help advance God’s Kingdom on earth by proclaiming the Gospel and serving others.

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