Chaplain Message for September 2021
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are blessed to be back in the building and are hopeful that we will share in many good days together. We feel the hustle and bustle of our St. Mary's community slowly returning with an undeniable upbeat energy felt in the hallways and classrooms. And with the return of sports and clubs, and possible field trips on the way, it feels like our "normal" is on the horizon.
What that said, we are still living in a pandemic and adjustments are continually being made for our health and safety. As we reflect on the past year and the restrictions that continue to take place this year, may the lessons learned stick with us, such as valuing what's most important in life: our health, caring for others, and our relationship with God. We have learned so much about resiliency and overcoming hardship, which will only serve us well in the future.
With this new school year upon us, let's pray:
Thank you for bringing us together to begin the school year in the building. We ask, Lord, for our staff and students to feel Your presence so that they may recognize Your daily blessings and see all of the good this year has in store for them. We pray for positive attitudes as we experience uncertainty and possible changes. May we take comfort in knowing that what is uncertain to us, is certain to You. May we not lean on our own understanding but acknowledge You and You will direct us. (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Thank you, Lord, for our St. Mary's community. May our students feel welcome, safe and ready to learn, while using kind words and kind actions throughout the year.
We pray this in Your holy name. Amen.
Have a wonderful start to the year, St. Mary's!
God bless you,
Last year's YPI results:
Our YPI (Youth Philanthropy Initiative) is a project covered by our entire grade 9 class. This project is orchestrated out of an organization in Toronto and is carried out in schools across Canada. Students select a local charity to research and then are expected to present their findings to their classmates in a visual and creative way. Of course the students learning about their chosen charity is first and foremost, but an added bonus of this project is the $5,000 cheque given to the winning group for their charity. This year, due to Covid-19 and the extensive needs of all charities, YPI agreed to allow schools to assign more than one winner and split the money. The winning groups this year are (in no specific order):
Ewan MacLeod representing Chapman House - Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce
Daniel Gils-Johnson representing Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre
Wyatt Garren representing WES for Youth
Avry Metcalf representing Habitat for Humanity
Each charity was granted $1,250 thanks to the great work done by their representative student.