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Superintendent's Message - May 2018

ECSD Parent Newsletters - Mothers and Myrhh-bearing Women
Newsletter - Mother's Day

“Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.”
The Hail Holy Queen

In the month of May, when our thoughts turn towards paying special honor to our mothers and the women in our lives who fill that maternal role, we also turn our hearts toward our Mother, Mary. She is our model of saying “yes” to the call of our God, and she is also our model of grace, compassion, love, and tenderness. As we pray the rosary, we pray with hope to our holy Mother to intercede on our behalf so that we may feel God’s abundant mercy.

The week of May 6-11 is Catholic Education Week and May 10 is World Catholic Education Day. It is a time when we will ask our staff and our students to focus on the gifts that are to be found in an education that is grounded in our Catholic faith. Our work will be centred on empowering our community to articulate the many valuable aspects of attending Catholic schools. This, in turn, will also enable people to advocate for the need for ongoing and meaningful support of Catholic education in our province.  It is important that we all speak up for Catholic education with a strong voice!

Edmonton Catholic Schools has many partners who help us provide exceptional learning opportunities and supports for our students. One of our excellent partners is the City of Edmonton. They provide support for many of our programs and Annual Ben Calf Robe Traditional Pow Wow. This amazing experience of Indigenous culture will take place from 1-10 pm on May 12 at the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre. Admission is free, and it is a great family event! To learn more about Our Partnerships, visit our public website at and look under “About Us”.

Our District Budget, 2018-2019 will be presented at the May 29 Public Meeting of the Board. Thank you to all our stakeholders who took the time to complete our Budget Survey. Your voice was so important in helping us to set our priorities for this budget.

I leave you with words of thanks from Pope Francis to all the women who fill the role of Mother in our world:

“Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centred individualism… It is they who testify to the beauty of life.” Certainly, “a society without mothers would be dehumanized, for mothers are always, even in the worst of times, witnesses to tenderness, dedication and moral strength. Mothers often communicate the deepest meaning of religious practice in the first prayers and acts of devotion that their children learn… Without mothers, not only would there be no new faithful, but the faith itself would lose a good part of its simple and profound warmth… Dear mothers: thank you! Thank you for what you are in your family and for what you give to the Church and the world”. (Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, 174)

Have a wonderful month of May!

Joan Carr