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Catholic Faith

Our Mission:

Our mission is to inspire our students to grow academically, socially and spiritually, 
so as to reach their full potential as Catholic citizens.

Our Vision:

Our vision is that every day is a new beginning as we strive together to make a difference 
and live our lives with a purpose guided by the teachings of Christ.

Our Charism:

Our Bishop Greschuk School Charism comes from our namesake Bishop Demetrius Greschuk, building community through kindness and hospitality, with our school motto of "Sharing the Warmth".

Parish Information:

St. Charles Parish, Edmonton
17511 - 112 Street NW, Edmonton AB  T5X 5Z2
Mass Times - Saturday at 4:30pm
                      - Sunday at 9:00am, 11:00am, 7:00pm
                      - Tuesday to Friday at 9:00am

Sacramental Preparation:

Bishop Greschuk School is happy to work in partnership with St. Charles Parish to support parents and children in preparing for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Reconciliation and Communion sessions are offered both in the fall and winter/spring in order to accommodate the busy schedules of families in our school community. The Sacramental Program involves:
  • Parents registering their children for the sacraments (for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist) on the registration days.
  • Parents, children, and sponsors taking part in four Tuesday evening classes (1 1/2 hours in length) and an all-day retreat for Confirmation.
  • Children receiving the Sacrament of First Communion and Confirmation at pre-designated masses.
  • Please note that parents whose child was not baptized at St. Charles Parish are required to submit a copy of the child’s baptismal certificate with their registrations.

Click here to access more information from St. Charles Parish.

Religious Education:

All of the schools in Edmonton Catholic School District use a Religious Education Program that is prescribed by our Alberta Bishops and provided through the National Office for Religious Education in Ottawa. The Program ranges from Kindergarten to Grade Twelve, and offers students an overview of our Catholic faith as well as grade specific themes.

Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ  is currently available for Grades 1 to 6 and includes a Student-Home Website that can be used in various ways. This resource helps families celebrate their faith together using the resources that are available on the Student-Home website. You can find information about this program using this link: Resources/Forms/AllItems.aspx

Our School Namesake: Bishop Greschuk

Bishop Demetrius was born on November 7, 1923 at Innisfree, Alberta, a small farming community approximately 150 kilometres east of Edmonton.  He took his elementary education in a country school near Innisfree, junior and senior high school in Edmonton, and his final year of schooling at St. Joseph College in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.  From 1943 to 1950, Bishop Demetrius studied philosophy and theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto.  On June 11, 1950, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Neil Savaryn at St. Josaphat Cathedral in Edmonton.  After his ordination he served as secretary to Bishop Savaryn and held the position of parish priest at several parishes in Edmonton.  In 1968, he was appointed pastor of St. Stephen Church in Calgary.  On June 27, 1974, he was consecrated an Auxiliary Bishop and on April 28, 1986, he was appointed Eparch of Edmonton by Pope John Paul II.

Bishop Demetrius was a man of very deep faith who kept a strict prayer life.  He was extremely devoted to the Ukrainian Catholic community and cared dearly for his people, making him a true fatherly figure.  His thoughts always centred around children and youth, as he was so concerned about their participation with the Church and their education. He also played basketball for the 1941 Victoria High School Senior Boys’ Basketball Team, along with actor Leslie Nielsen and Arthur Hiller, past president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars). His leadership helped create a Youth Commission and the position of Youth Coordinator for the Eparchy.  He was also very instrumental in the formation of the Ukrainian Bilingual Program within Edmonton Catholic School District.

Bishop Greschuk, who died in 1990 at the age of 66, was known as a tireless worker for his parishioners.  He was also a fighter for religious freedom, especially for Ukrainian Catholics in the former Soviet Union.  His final Divine Liturgy was celebrated with children at their summer camp at Lake Wabamun.  Bishop Greschuk Elementary School is honored to remember this good shepherd’s name.

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