Rooted in the Gospel virtues of Jesus Christ, religious education in Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools recognizes the parent as primary educator and the Church as spiritual leader. Our school division supports the commitment of both family and Church to lifelong religious formation of young people.
Inspired and strengthened by the Gospel, staff of Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools do their best to equip students with the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enable them to live the faith in a complex and ever-changing world.
Ultimate goals of religious education in Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools are that students will:
recognize their dignity as persons made in the image and likeness of God, a dignity extended to everyone in our human family
accept God's unconditional love for them as most fully expressed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
respond with gratitude, joy and generosity to God's extravagant care for them
know God's love as a transformational force in the world, and that as faithful members of the Body of Christ in the world, we are called to act with justice on behalf of the poor and marginalized in society
become careful stewards of our natural world
understand the importance of being lifelong, active members of a faith community
Revealing Christ in all we teach:
Students need help to understand that faith must inform all we learn, and so Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools is fully involved in the provincial Revealing Christ in All We Teach faith permeation project. Teachers are given concrete ways to bring the Catholic faith into their presentation of the English Language Arts, Health, Science and Social Studies provincial curricula. This project is supported by the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association and all Catholic school divisions in the province.
Catholic HIV/AIDS curriculum:
Students in Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools also participate in the Catholic HIV/AIDS Curriculum, adopted and approved by the Bishops of Saskatchewan in 2000. The program:
calls children and youth to a Christian response to HIV/AIDS as persons of hope and compassion,
offers accurate medical and scientific information in sequential, age-appropriate and culturally sensitive ways,
teaches students about transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS through the lens of Catholic Christian moral decision-making.
Elementary schools present Fully Alive, a Catholic family life program approved for use by the Bishops of the Diocese of Saskatoon since 1989. This program is intended to pass on a distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage and family.
The entire Grade 1 to 8 program is designed to help parents and teachers encourage children to become the people God wants them to be - to be fully alive. Full information about Fully Alive is available on the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario website. This site includes valuable information to help parents/guardians in their role as the primary educators of their children.
Bishop Filevich Ukrainian Bilingual School provides students with a special opportunity regarding their religious education. Staff members, with the support of the Byzantine Rite Religious Education Co-ordinator, provide study and celebrations of the Ukrainian Catholic tradition. Segments of the Byzantine Rite program, God With Us, along with other supplementary materials, are used.
The high school Ukrainian Bilingual program incorporates the essential learnings of the Christian Ethics curriculum with added components of the Byzantine Rite, including the history of the rite and the celebrations of its traditions within the Ukrainian Catholic Church.