Catholic Education Week—May 10-14

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” Isaiah 40:31

May 10-14 is Catholic Education Week, when we celebrate and give thanks for the gift of Catholic education. The theme of the week is “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength,” (Isaiah 40:31). On Thursday, May 13, we encourage everyone to wear blue for Catholic education to recognize World Catholic Education Day. We also challenge everyone to follow GrACE on social media and the hashtag #IBelieveInCatholicEd See below for a wealth of resources to celebrate this special week. Please join us in prayer for Catholic Education Week:

Lord God,

Source of all life and love,
you bless us with the gift of
Catholic education
that we may grow in faith, hope and love
and become faithful disciples of Christ.
Continue to lead and guide
Trustees, district staff, students, and their families,
as they seek to encounter you
in the pursuit of truth each day.
Fill them with the Holy Spirit
that their hearts and minds may be transformed
and that they may come
to radiate the light of the Gospel at all times.
Through Christ our Lord.


Amen

5 Marks of Catholic School 

GrACE (Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education) 

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Live Prayers with the Bishops of Alberta & NWT 

GrACE has arranged for daily live prayer sessions at 11 a.m. every day with the Bishops of Alberta and NWT. While recognizing the 5 marks in 5 days, there will be a special devotion to St. Joseph. 

Monday, May 10

Liturgy with Bishop David Motiuk, Eparchy of Edmonton:

  • Zoom link
  • Meeting ID: 851 9184 0999
  • Passcode: 103446

Tuesday, May 11

Seven Sorrows & Seven Joys of St. Joseph with Archbishop Pettipas, Archdiocese Grouard-McLennan:

  • Zoom link
  • Meeting ID: 869 9150 4909
  • Passcode: G PCSD

Wednesday, May 12

Holy Mass with Archbishop Richard Smith, Archdiocese of Edmonton:

Thursday, May 13

Liturgy, World Catholic Education Day with Bishop Paul Terrio, Diocese of St. Paul:

  • Zoom link
  • Meeting ID: 982 1302 9174
  • Passcode: ss8L2Z

Friday, May 14

Liturgy, Consecration to St. Joseph with Bishop William McGrattan, Diocese of Calgary:

  • Zoom link
  • Meeting ID: 992 7479 9089
  • Passcode: 1drDm3

Scripture Readings & Prayers for Catholic Education Week 

Monday, May 10

Scripture Reading: John 15:26-16:4a

John When Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father, he said to the disciples: “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning. I have said these things to you to keep you from stumbling. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, an hour is coming when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father or me. But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.”

Prayer 

Lord God, the Spirit of truth bears witness that Jesus himself is the truth. Increase within our hearts and
minds the presence of your Spirit that we too may give witness to the world of the good news just as the
Apostles did. Grant us courage to become actively engaged in the work of evangelization and give us
compassion for those who do not yet know you. May hearts be opened, and lives changed as the joy of
the Gospel is shared. We also pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all bishops, priests, deacons,
and ministers of the Word. May they be sustained in their ministry as they faithfully listen to God’s word
and share the good news of the crucified and risen Lord.

Strengthen the work of Catholic education in the province and in our schools. Help us to recognize and
uphold the dignity of each person who has been created in your image. Strengthen the faith of staff and
renew them in their vocation that they may find joy in serving others as Jesus did. Help students to live
and learn in our Catholic faith that they may follow Jesus more closely and be prepared for life in the
community. May all members of our district be motivated by love and remain grounded in the truth as
we strive to give witness to the truth through our daily words and actions. Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Tuesday, May 11

Scripture Reading: John 16:5-11 

When Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father, he said to the disciples: “Now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. “Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.” 

Prayer

Lord God, Jesus understood that his return to you would be to our advantage as it would result in the coming of the Holy Spirit into the lives of his followers and into the life of the Church. As we strive to follow Jesus on the path of discipleship, help us to trust in him as our Lord and Saviour and continue to nourish our faith in Spirit, in word and in sacrament. Open our eyes to see signs of your presence in our daily lives and help us to be witnesses of your grace in our homes, schools, and communities. May we always proclaim the greatness of your love in all that we say and do.

We also ask that you bless the work of Catholic Education in the world. Guide school staff and authorities in their efforts to share the Gospel of Christ as part of the saving mission of the Church. Strengthen their knowledge of the faith and grant them wisdom that they may always see through the eyes of Christ and made decisions based on Gospel teaching. Help students to grow in their relationship with Christ that, through their studies and interaction with others, they may come to “live knowingly as children of God.”i Through Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

Wednesday, May 12

Scripture Reading: John 16:12-15

When Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father, he said to the disciples: “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
 

Prayer

Lord God, you graciously and patiently teach us your ways through the gift of your Spirit. Continue to open our hearts and our minds that we may grow in wisdom and understanding and become better able to apply your truths to all areas of our life and our learning. May the knowledge we gain help us to make the heart and mind of Jesus our own that, like him, we may be faithful to prayer and committed to doing your will.

Bless and guide our efforts to create learning environments where all areas of study and activity are permeated by faith. May students learn a love for wisdom and truth that they may recognize your presence and action in the world. Through Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

Thursday, May 13 (World Catholic Education Day) 

Scripture Reading: John 6: 16-20

When Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father, he said to the disciples: “A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.” Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying to us, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” They said, “What does he mean by this ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you discussing among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’? Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.”

Prayer 

Lord God, although we cannot see you, we trust in your abiding presence each day. Continue to teach us your ways and guide us on the path of life. Nourish our hearts and minds through the work of Catholic Education that we may be strengthened by your grace and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Help us to discover ourselves as people made in your image and likeness and as people who have been called and gifted to share the good news with others in many different ways. May our efforts to learn and grow in faith lead us to be effective witnesses of your love that others may be drawn to you.

Today, we also pray for the efforts of Catholic educators and catechists in missionary communities in Canada. We especially remember the work of Catholic Missions in Canada who serve our brothers and sisters in isolated, poor, and hard-to-reach areas in Canada. Bless educators and catechists and guide them in their efforts to be heralds of the gospel. May those served, hear the word of God with joy and grow in faith, hope, and love. Through Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

Friday, May 14 (Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle) 

Scripture Reading: John 15:9-17

Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving these commands so that you may love one another.”
 

Prayer

Lord God, Jesus commanded us to love one another in the same way that he loved us that our joy may be complete. Increase our understanding of your abundant and unconditional love for each of us and help us to trust in you. Give us the grace to put the needs of others ahead of our own and to selflessly give ourselves for others. May our efforts to love others not be limited to those with whom we are familiar but extend out to all, including the poor and marginalized.

Continue to lead and guide all who are involved in the work of Catholic Education – parents, teachers, school authorities, young people, and the Church. Help them to work effectively together to share the faith and build community that the students whom they serve may make positive contributions to our shared life together and reach their fullness in Christ. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. 

Amen.

Catholic Missions in Canada 

More Information 

Catholic Missions in Canada (CMIC) was founded in 1908 and is a registered charitable organization in Canada. Their primary goal is “to sustain and extend the Catholic faith from sea-to-sea-to-sea” through prayer, fundraising, awareness and education. For example, the organization supports the work of missionaries in poor and remote mission communities across Canada by helping to pay the costs for food, housing and fuel for missionaries, church and rectory repairs, religious education for children, youth and adults, formation programs for lay leaders, and the education of seminarians.

During World Catholic Education Week, staff and students are invited to support the work of Catholic Missions in Canada in several ways: