Catholic Education and Faith
Catholic Education in Edmonton has a proud tradition that dates back to before Alberta was a province. In August 1888 Edmonton Catholic parents applied to organize a separate school district for their children. In October of that same year three sisters from the Faithful Companions of Jesus sailed from France to open a convent and a school in Edmonton. They began teaching at the newly formed St. Joachim Catholic School on November 2, 1888. That first year the sisters taught 23 students. At that time compulsory schooling began at age seven and was complete by the age of 12.
The Edmonton Catholic School District was built by those who believe in and support Catholic education. They were people of adventure and spirit. Today's Catholic students, parents, staff and trustees are also people of adventure and spirit. They also believe in a Catholic education that meets academic needs while learning values and morals necessary for a full and productive life.
People often ask "Why Catholic education? Why integrate faith, life and culture with education?" The answer is the same today as it was in 1888-to help future citizens discern and develop their God-given talents and reach academic success. That is the Catholic way.
PATRON SAINT OF OUR LADY OF THE PRAIRIES IS MOTHER MARY
In the late 1800’s pioneers came to Alberta in hopes to create a new prosperous life on the prairies. Settlers would pray to Mary to provide healthy crops, healthy families, education for their children and hopes for a successful life. Today, École Our Lady of the Prairies School continues to welcome newcomers to our school who are searching for the same ideals as the first settlers of Alberta. As Mary has a special relationship with God, her prayers are heard by God uniquely. We, as a community devoted to God, pray to Mary through the prayer of the Hail Mary.
The first faith educator of the child is the parent, as stated in the Vatican II documents. As part of our Catholic religion curriculum we support parents when their children are going through sacramental preparation at their local parishes. Parents are required to register their children into Sacramental Preparation courses early in September through their Church. We celebrate with students by sharing their news on Télé-TV and presenting the student with a special sacramental pin.
Parish Name: Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Address: 18407 - 60 Ave, Edmonton
Phone Number: (780) 487 - 7765