Join about 40,000 students in Saskatchewan—17,000-plus with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools—to celebrate the gift of Catholic faith-based education.
World Catholic Education Day: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Catholic Education Week: May 23 - 26, 2017:
Finding Sabbath Moments – Growing Together as a Family
Each year, our Catholic schools participate in a week-long celebration to remember and share the gift of Catholic Education. This year, we will be taking time each day, with students and staff all across our school division, to think about what Sabbath means, and how we can celebrate Sabbath rest not only on Sundays, but also in Sabbath moments each day.
Each family is given a foldable paper cube as a fun way to help your family practice Sabbath moments together. If your family has not received one before Catholic Education Week, please ask for one from your local school.
Find more ways to live Sabbath moments together.
Tuesday, May 23
Even God took time to rest (Genesis 2:2-3). We call that rest “Sabbath”. As we go through our day, and through our week, let’s do our best to remind each other and ourselves to take small Sabbath moments in our day – moments when we can stop everything, rest for a little while, and pay attention to the gifts that God blesses us with.
Wednesday, May 24
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try not to let it happen, trouble can weigh us down. When things like this take up our time and attention, we become tired and discouraged.
God has a solution for us: rest! Take a break from it and let him work on it! Often when we think about Sabbath moments, we think of resting from work in order to take time for play. But sometimes, finding Sabbath rest can mean resting from worry, resting from frustration, and resting from anger in order to take time to remember that God is always ready to help us.
Thursday, May 25, World Catholic Education Day
"Jesus said to his disciples, 'Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.'" (Matthew 11:28-30)
Every time we pause to spend time with Jesus, to share our burdens as well as our joys, we are celebrating a Sabbath moment through prayer. We rest from our cares and concerns to reflect on the love of Jesus and talk to him as both friend and Lord.
Friday, May 26
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” (Exodus 20:8) We can look at this in two parts. First of all, we know that Sabbath means resting, because we’ve been finding and celebrating Sabbath moments all week. But a Sabbath day? An entire day? Yes! When God says, “Remember the Sabbath day,” he means it: “Don’t forget to take a day off.”
But what about the second part? What does “keeping it holy” mean? It means that this Sabbath rest is meant to be focused on our relationship with God. When we are busy with school, or with work, it’s easy to get caught up in what is going on and forget that God is present and that he loves to be with us. Have you ever wondered why we don’t have school on Sundays? Sunday, our Sabbath day, has no school on purpose so that we can spend time with God, without our work interfering. We have time to pray, we have time to enjoy God’s creation, we have time to give thanks for God’s blessings, and we have time to rest from all of the work that we have to do on the other days of the week.