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Friday, May 02, 2014
Halton Catholic Board Gearing Up to Celebrate Catholic Education Week 2014

Celebrations are set to take place next week as the Halton Catholic District School Board observes Catholic Education Week 2014.

Catholic Education Week is celebrated each year by more than 600,000 students who attend Catholic schools throughout Ontario. This year, it takes place during the week of May 4 - 9, 2014.

“Catholic education is an essential pillar in Ontario’s publicly-funded education system,” says Diane Rabenda, Chair of the Halton Catholic District School Board. “We are proud of the distinctive contribution that our Catholic schools make to the broader community of Halton, and this is certainly something that should be honoured and celebrated.”

Catholic Education Week officially begins on Sunday, May 4th, as local parishes rejoice in the gift of Catholic education within the context of the Eucharistic Celebration. Throughout the week, schools across the Board will host a variety of celebratory events for students, staff, parents, and members of their community.

This year’s theme is Serving in the Love of Christ, and each day of the week has a sub-theme: Monday: Serve with faithfulness, Tuesday: Serve with humility, Wednesday: Serve with compassion, Thursday: Serve with justice, Friday: Serve with joy.

As a special component of the Catholic Education Week celebrations for 2014, Halton Catholic secondary school students will join thousands of secondary students across Ontario as they participate in a province-wide Student Mass on Wednesday, May 7th.  Each secondary school will hold its own Mass. His Excellency Douglas Crosby, Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton, will preside at the Student Mass that is scheduled to take place at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in Oakville.

The Halton Catholic District School Board’s 5th Annual Walk with Jesus event will take place on Thursday, May 8th. Walk with Jesus brings together students, parents, and staff from each school community as they walk en masse in a show of faith and solidarity. The initiative raises funds to support local, national and international charitable endeavours.

In addition to these Board-wide events, each school across the district has planned local activities that will mark the celebration of Catholic Education Week 2014.Visit the Board’s website at  to learn more about the activities taking place at schools across the Board throughout the week.

The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic. A provincial leader in student achievement, HCDSB provides exceptional educational experiences and services to over 34,000 students of all ages. God’s call to love and to serve is nurtured across our 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools, and 3 continuing education facilities, serving the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. With a focus on Achieving, Believing, and Belonging, we provide our students and staff with the tools for realizing their fullest potential, while also instilling a life-long commitment to the community.

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Media Contact:
Andrea Swinden
Communications Officer
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext 159
Alternate Media Contact:
Lisa Stocco
Administrator, Strategic Communications
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext 126

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