In-person Catholic Education Week celebrations have been suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each year, Catholic schools in Saskatchewan participate in a week-long celebration to remember and share the gift of Catholic education. Join over 40,000 students in Saskatchewan—almost 20,000 with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools—to celebrate the gift of Catholic faith-based education.
Catholic Education Week: May 9 - 16, 2021
World Catholic Education Day: Thursday, May 13, 2021
A livestream liturgy with His Excellency the Most. Rev. Bishop Mark Hagemoen will begin at 10:00 a.m. for all the faithful of Saskatchewan at https://saskatoonmass.com/ This liturgy will also be archived on the same site for viewing at a later time.
This year we will be taking time each day, with students and staff all across our province, to pray together as disciples who are Nurturing Hope. Since we are not able to gather as a group, please join us in prayer each day at a time that is convenient for you.
This year's theme, Nurturing Hope/L’éducation catholique: Cultiver l’espérance
follows last year's theme when we were Igniting Hope
. The pandemic has changed all of our lives and our world, the ways we interact with one another, and how we go to school. As we move from one season into another, we prepare for what we think is ahead. Hope is a gift God gives us so that no matter what challenge is ahead, God is there with us and within us.
There are five sub-themes, one for each day of Catholic Education Week, aimed at helping staff and students to reflect more fully on what Nurturing Hope means to them. The five sub-themes are
Monday, May 10 – Preparing the Earth / Préparer la terre
Jesus, Loving gardener of soul,
We are so blessed that you don't give up on us. You want us to bear the fruit we were created to grow. You continue to nurture and encourage us to prepare the earth of our lives for the gifts of goodness and mercy that you hold out for us. Inspire us to encourage one another to receive these gifts and to bear the fruit we were meant to grow.
Call to Action:
Take some time today and this week to think of ways that you can prepare the soil of your heart so that you can produce good fruit. Perhaps you can take extra time to read God's word and to pray.
Tuesday, May 11 – Sowing Seeds of Gratitude / Semer la gratitude
God of all things,
Thank you for the amazing gifts you surround us with. Help us to live with a spirit of gratitude, caring for and sharing the gifts that you have given for all people. Give us courage to sow seeds of gratitude in all our relationships with others and the world. Help us to sow seeds of gratitude through words and actions of peace.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, whose love knows no bounds.
Call to Action:
Our actions can be a powerful way to say, "Thank you." Think of it as "thanks living." "Thanks living" is when we show our thanks by the way we live. "Thanks living" is when we look at the many ways God has blessed us, and we thank Him by sharing His blessings with others. Take a moment today to think of specific ways you can participate in “thanks living” this week.
Wednesday, May 12 – Cultivating Relationships / Cultiver nos relations
Lord, Father of our human family,
You created all human beings equal in dignity: pour forth into our hearts a spirit that desires dialogue, justice and peace. Move us to create healthier societies and a more dignified world, a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war. May our hearts be open to all the peoples and nations of the earth. May we recognize the goodness and beauty that you have sown in each of us, and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects, and shared dreams.
Call to Action:
Look at our world from a relationship lens and ask, "Is there a way I can improve this relationship?" Perhaps you're involved in a dispute or a disagreement, ask yourself, "Is there a way that I can help to make this situation better?" Maybe you were looking at our world and the way people are treated in our world and ask, "Is there a way that I can help so that all people are treated with dignity and equality?"
Our call is to follow the greatest commandment: love God and each other.
Thursday, May 13 – World Catholic Education Day – Harvesting New Fruit / Récolter de nouveaux fruits
Loving God, Creator of Heaven, earth, and all therein contained,
Open our minds and touch our hearts, so that we can be part of creation, your gift.
Be present to those in need in these difficult times, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.
Help us to show creative solidarity as we confront the consequences of the global pandemic.
Make us courageous in embracing the changes required to seek the common good.
Now more than ever, may we all feel interconnected and interdependent.
Enable us to succeed in listening and responding to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
May their current sufferings become the birth-pangs of a more fraternal and sustainable world.
We pray through Christ our Lord, under the loving gaze of Mary, Help of Christians.
(Prayer for the year of reflection on “Laudato Si’”)
Call to Action:
Pick three of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit (charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity) that will help you improve your relationships today with others and with God.
Friday, May 14 – Marvelling in Wonder / S’émerveiller
Open our eyes, O Lord, to see your presence and your work all around us; in the greatness of the universe and in the smallest acts of kindness and compassion. Open our hearts, to see the countless miracles of each day and to know you are the source of all of them. Keep us asking questions, learning and growing. May we come to know you better, and may we come to love you more, so that our lives will be filled with awe, gratitude and praise.
Bless us with your goodness and love. Guide us to see the beauty and wonder of all that you have created. Free our souls to sing, dance, praise and love. Nurture our hearts so that we may continue to blossom and grow into the people you call us to be.
Call to Action:
What have been some moments in your life when you were in awe of God's creation? How can the things we do help us to sustain hope for our world, especially the environment? Take some time today to think about those special moments and all you do take care of the environment.