Jean Vanier Catholic School

September 27th, 2019

"Love First, Last, & Always"

The Power of Prayer

If you've ever been in the halls as we begin our school day, you'll know that every day begins with prayer!

Prayer is a conversation with God. The Bible teaches us that prayer is a vital part of our lives. In prayer, you build a relationship with God.

Don't underestimate how powerful prayer can be. Often, we may treat prayer as a last resort, rather than our constant go-to. The truth is, there is incredible power in prayer. How can we share the power of prayer with our children?

Each morning we pray as a school community, and throughout the day classes pray at mealtimes, in the Chapel, and prior to departing. You can help your children develop a vibrant and strong prayer life by modeling this at home, too. Prayer before a meal and prayer before bedtime is a wonderful place to start. If you are looking for a prayer to use with your family, consider praying the 5 Finger Prayer together:

A Message from our school Chaplin - Mrs. Beliveau

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Looking Ahead...

Tues. Oct. 1st: assembly 8:50 am Please join us!

Wed. Oct. 2nd- Early Dismissal 2:13 pm

Oct. 18- Family Fall Dance

Start collecting your old shoes

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News from PAC (Parent Advisory Council)

Next Meeting - Oct 7th @ 6:00pm in the school library - All parents are welcome!

Family Dance Oct 18th!


Strathcona County has a replacement schedule for playgrounds and the current wooden play structure will be replaced during the summer of 2021!! As a community, we have the unique opportunity to have input into the design features and set-up of the new playground! We also have the opportunity to work with the County in raising funds of up to $20,000 to be matched by grants to add to the new play structure!!

We are in need of parents to participate on a committee to supply input on playground design and look into grant options and fundraising. If you are willing to be part of the committee, we would love to hear from you! This is an EXCELLENT way to get involved in the school and have a lasting impact on our community! If you are willing to help out please contact Shawna Molnar(PAC president)at or please call the school at 780-467-3633 to express your interest in helping with this important project!

News from BUCPS


We are actively seeking Members at Large. If you have an interest in helping out BUCPS occasionally with various activities, please email for more information.

Thank you to Irene Sombyk for continuing to teach our annual Fall Beginner Ukrainian Language Classes. Classes will be held at Jean Vanier School on Tuesday evenings, starting October 8th and ending December 3rd from 7:00-9:00PM. Cost for the 8 weeks is $160.00 plus $10.00. Please email Pani Sombyk directly or if you or someone you know is interested.

Little Orchard Sadochok Preschool still has spots available for the 2019-2020 school year! We are an English based preschool program with some Ukrainian fun! The program is for 4 year old's and classes are running at Jean Vanier Catholic School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45AM-11:15AM. For more information or to register, please email

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Fall Program Guide for FCS

Parenting sessions in the community

We LOVE when our JV community comes together

Find out what is happening at OLPH!

Parish Bulletin for September 29, 2019!

What: OLPH Parish Member Engagement Survey

Who: All members aged 18 and older, and anyone who considers him or herself a part of the OLPH Parish

Why: To gather your views on the health of our parish. Your participation in the Gallup Survey will help set a future spiritual pathway for our OLPH Parish. Engaged parishes are flourishing faith communities!

When: September 27 – October 20/19

How: You can to complete the survey one of 3 ways:

· Use this link on your Smart Phone, Tablet or Home Computer: Connect to Gallup URL:


· Go to OLPH Website: – click on

Link to Gallup URL:


· Paper Survey. Available at all weekend Masses, the Parish Office and Catholic Schools in Sherwood Park and Ardrossan between September 27 – October 20/19. Complete and drop into Gallup Survey Box in Foyer of Church and/or in Gallup Survey Box at Parish Office.

Please call the Parish Office if you have any questions (780-467-5470).

The Gallup Survey is anonymous. All members of household ages 18 and older participate complete individually. One survey per person.


Ecumenical Mission October 6-9

This year’s Ecumenical Mission is titled "Interfaith Intersections” and is being led by the Rev. Dr. Scott Sharman. Interfaith conversations are an important reality in our increasingly diverse world. This October, Dr. Sharman will be exploring several questions in this regard: First, he will be looking at the scriptural, theological, and historical reasons why Christians need to be having these encounters. Second, he will be talking about the way these interfaith interactions have something to teach us about Christian ecumenical conversations. As it turns out, there are many 'intersections' between these two paths of dialogue, with gifts to be given and received in both directions. Come and find out more at this month’s Ecumenical Mission.

The brochure with the complete schedule is attached.

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Noteworthy Information from St. Sophias:

  • Beginning in January, First Communion classes will be on Friday evenings from 6:30-8:00.

  • First Confession will take place on March 21 and First Holy Communion follows on March 22.

  • For more information and to register, please contact Lisa Melnychuk at or 780-922-0201

10:00 am on Sunday at Madonna school with Sunday school the 2nd ,3rd and 4th Sundays of the month and the 1st Sunday being Fr Rendy’s children’s Liturgy.

2019-2020 School Calendar

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Jean Vanier Catholic School

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