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Catholic Faith

Our Vision

Our students will thrive in a Christ centered community that embraces their program of choice and prepares them for 21st century and beyond.

Our Mission

To provide a Catholic education in programs of choice that inspires students to learn and that prepares them to live fully and to serve God in one another.

Parish Information:

Sacramental Preparation

St. Basil School works in partnership with Holy Rosary Parish to support parents and children in preparing for the sacraments of Communion and Confirmation. The sacramental program involves:  
  • Parents registering their children for the sacraments through the school.
  • Children taking part in weekly classes for First Communion. All classes are conducted by a sister from the parish.
  • Children taking part in weekly classes for Confirmation. All classes are conducted by the parish priest.
  • Children receiving the sacrament of First Communion as a group with classmates from school at a designated English or Polish mass at the end of May.

Religious Education

All of the Schools in the 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 12, and offers students an overview of our Catholic faith as well as grade specific themes.

Our School Namesake: St. Basil

Our school is named after St. Basil. St. Basil the Great was born at Caesarea of Cappadocia in 330. He was one of ten children of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia. He attended school in Caesarea, as well as Constantinople and Athens, where he became acquainted with St. Gregory Nazianzen in 352. A little later, he opened a school of oratory in Caesarea and practiced law. Eventually he decided to become a monk and found a monastery in Pontus which he directed for five years. He wrote a famous monastic rule which has proved the most lasting of those in the East. After founding several other monasteries, he was ordained and, in 370, made bishop of Caesaria. In this post until his death in 379, he continued to be a man of vast learning and constant activity, genuine eloquence and immense charity. 

This earned for him the title of "Great" during his life and Doctor of the Church after his death. Basil was one of the giants of the early Church. He was responsible for the victory of Nicene orthodoxy over Arianism in the Byzantine East, and the denunciation of Arianism at the Council of Constantinople in 381-82 was in large measure due to his efforts. Basil fought simony, aided the victims of drought and famine, strove for a better clergy, and insisted on a rigid clerical discipline. He was learned, accomplished in statesmanship, a man of great personal holiness, and one of the great orators of Christianity. His feast day is January 2.

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