St. Bernadette Catholic
The mission of
St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School, as a Christ-centred community, is to
inspire all students to learn and to prepare them to live fully and to serve
God in one another.
School shares the vision of Edmonton Catholic School District’s statement
"Our students will learn together, work together and pray together in
answering the call to a faith-filled life of service." but adds that: As a
school community, we celebrate the gift of every child, developing 21st century
learning skills by integrating literacy and technology for inquiry.
OUR PATRON SAINT
Bernadette Soubrious (1844-1879) was born to a very
poor family in Lourdes, France. When Bernadette was fourteen, out gathering
firewood for her family, the Mother of Jesus first appeared to her. Bernadette
was confused. The townsfolk refused to believe her. On the eighteenth and last
appearance, the Blessed Virgin identified herself as the “Immaculate
Conception”. Then everyone believed for these were words unfamiliar to a simple
fourteen-year-old. Mary asked Bernadette to make known the healing powers of the
springs of water in Lourdes.
When she was twenty-two, she was admitted to a
religious order. She spent the rest of her days there, a short distance from
Lourdes. After suffering heroically for years with tuberculosis, she died a
bold death on April 15, 1879.
A beautiful church, called the Rosary, and a statue of
the Virgin Mary were erected at the grotto where the vision occurred. Each
year, a few million people visit the shrine to pray and seek healing.
Bernadette was declared a saint in 1933.
The devotion that St. Bernadette had for Mary the Mother of Jesus inspires us
at St. Bernadette School to continue to pray for social justice and world
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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 Twelve, and offers students with an overview of our Catholic
faith as well as grade specific themes.