To bring Christ's message into our students’ everyday lives through modeling, our teaching and our daily contact with them while developing their unique individual capabilities to live and learn in a responsible manner according to Christ's principles.
St. Justin School is happy to work in partnership with Good Shepherd Parish and other schools in the Good Shepherd Family to support parents and children in preparing for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. Sacramental Sessions are offered in teh fall, winter and 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 and purchasing study guides through the school, at the Parent Information Evening, or through the parish
- Parents and children taking part in three Saturday morning classes (one hour in length) for First Reconciliation or two Saturday morning classes (one hour in length) and a teaching mass for First Communion. All sessions are conducted by one of the parish priests.
- Parents and children reviewing assigned sections of the study guides at home prior to the parish-based sessions.
- Children receiving the Sacrament of First Communion as a group with classmates from school at a designated mass.
- Please note that parents whose child was not baptized at Good Shepherd Parish, are required to submit a copy of the child's baptismal certificate with their registrations.
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.
Our School Namesake: St. Justin
St. Justin was born in Samaria around 100 A. D. and died in 165 A. D. His feast day is June 1.
Justin was a layman and one of the first great Christian philosophers. One day, he engaged in a discussion with an impressive-looking old man who told Justin of a philosophy nobler and more fulfilling than any he had yet studied– one that had been revealed by God to the Hebrew prophets and told about Jesus Christ.
Justin was inspired to study the Scriptures and to learn about Christianity. He was baptized a Christian at the age of 30.
Justin’s teaching and writing describes the faith of early Christians and what took place at their gatherings. These descriptions reveal that today’s Mass reflects how the early Christians celebrated the Eucharist.
He travelled much and loved to engage in conversation with people who were not Christians. He was continually persecuted for his beliefs. In Rome, he opened a Christian school and was arrested for his beliefs. When asked to deny his faith, Justin replied, “No right-minded person forsakes truth for falsehood.” He was sentenced to death.
Our school motto is ‘Faith in Education’. St. Justin believed that authentic Christian education must be an expression of Christian faith in every aspect of the learning environment.