TCDSB Celebrates the Year of the Parish in 2016/2017, the second year in our three year pastoral plan of "Together With One Voice: Harmonizing our Faith Through Family, Parish and School". We recognize the intrinsic partnership among family, parish and school that forms the solid foundation on which Catholic education has been built. The Year of the Parish is an opportunity to strengthen our family of faith connections in our local parishes.
The Archdiocese of Toronto is celebrating its 175th anniversary during the next school year, which coincides and supports our focus on the Parish. It provides us with an opportunity to highlight the interwoven history of the Archdiocese and Catholic education in Toronto.
During this Year of the Parish, we invite our schools to reach out to their local parishes and school councils and invite them to partner in celebrating the family-parish-school relationship. Schools (or parish family of schools) are asked to host an informal gathering with the pastor of your parish, along with fellow administrators and CSPC chairs. Over coffee or lunch, start the conversation about this joint celebration and how you can nurture the relationship that has already been built, or how you can more closely connect the parish and the school throughout the coming year and beyond.
We hope that this conversation will be the first of many such discussions, and ultimately we hope that these initial meetings will lead to strengthened ties between our Catholic churches and our Catholic schools. We want our parishes to feel included in all the wonderful things that are happening in our school communities, and we want our schools to feel included in the life of the parish as well. The Religion and Family Life Department will be following up with some discussion starters and ideas for your meetings, but we encourage you to engage in your own brainstorming to formulate easy to implement ideas that the school and parish can execute together.
We invite you to submit your ideas for the year to firstname.lastname@example.org, as we will be following your projects, and sharing the good news throughout the year.
We look forward to hearing about your successes, and celebrating the many ways that our schools and parishes support one another.
See below for some wonderful school-parish relationship building activities:
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Parish Projects Submissions: