Catholic Faith Mission Statement In the spirit of Bishop Vital Grandin, we, the Grandin community, are committed to growth and life-long learning as a Catholic, French Immersion and Spanish Bilingual school. We foster the education of the whole child, integrating intellectual, spiritual, physical and social development.We work, together as educators, parents and care-providers to provide our children with the skills and values to succeed in a changing world. We help our children become creative and analytical thinkers who are resourceful, responsible and confident. We encourage them to strive for excellence.We support the family and meaningful involvement of parents in their children's education. Through reflection, planning and action, we work in the best interest of students' learning. Parish Information St. Joseph's Basilica Address: 10044 113 Street, Edmonton, AB T5K 1N8 Phone: 780 488 7295 Fax: 780 488 1530 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Sacramental Preparation Ecole / Escuela Grandin is pleased to work in partnership with St Joseph's Basilica to support parents and children in preparing for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. Information on the Sacramental sessions offered at St Joseph's Basilica can be found on their website, and will also be sent home with your child. 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 Twelve, and offers students with an overview of our Catholic faith as well as grade specific themes. Our Namesake Bishop Vital Grandin was born on February 8, 1829 in Mayenne, France and was ordained a priest in the order of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1854. Shortly after his ordination, he devoted himself entirely to the conversion of the First Nations peoples and to the aid of the prairie settlers. He was only 42 years old when he was appointed Bishop of Saint Albert (Alberta) in 1871. His motto was "Infirma mundi elegit Deus" (God chooses the weak of the world). For the next thirty years, the first Bishop of St. Albert faced a sometimes-hostile environment and thousands of square kilometres of uncharted wilderness, traveling and serving with unceasing dedication.Bishop Grandin was a great man in his own time who became a legend throughout the West and Northlands. His life is an outstanding role model for today because of his courage, tenacity and faith. Masses and Celebrations Information on school masses at St. Joseph's Basilica and in-school celebrations can be found on our school website, both on our calendars and in our newsletters.