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OCSTA CEW Poster 2020.jpegCatholic Education Week 2020
Igniting Hope

Allumer la flamme de l’espérance

May 4 - 8, 2020


This year’s theme for Catholic Education Week (May 3rd-8th) is “Igniting Hope / Allumer la flamme de l’espérance”. The TCDSB will celebrate the significant contribution that Catholic Education has made to the community, the province and to Canada.  Our Catholic Graduate Expectations challenge students to articulate in society those fundamental values that underpin Catholic education.
Chosen before the COVID-19 challenges, hope has always been at the core of Catholic education. Please see the attached memos for more information.
Materials for Catholic Education Week – resources, prayers, reflections, songs, liturgies – can be found on the OCSTA website at or here: Igniting Hope​. Included also are prayer services specifically for use by students and families in the home. You are encouraged to use the materials, which are divided into daily sub-themes as follows:
  • Monday: Our Hope in Christ  /  Notre espérance, c’est le Christ
  • Tuesday: The Hope Within Us  /  L’espérance en nous
  • Wednesday: The Hope Among Us  /  L’espérance au milieu de nous
  • Thursday: Hope for the World  /  L’espérance pour le monde
  • Friday: A Future Full of Hope  /  Un avenir rempli d’espérance
The Catholic Education Week song – Igniting Hope – is a wonderful song written by Chris Rait, a teacher with the Brant Haldimand Norfolk CDSB.  Click on this link to listen to the audio recording:; also found on the website or here: Igniting Hope​.

Please consider reading any of the 12 elementary school books​ that were selected to help highlight aspects of the CEW theme on Igniting Hope.

Catholic Education Week is also an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful work done in our schools – on site before closure, and now virtually – to animate our Pastoral Plan – Rooted in Christ: we Belong, we Believe, we Become!  The TCDSB is celebrating Catholic Education Week in many ways this year:

  • ​Awards Night – To launch the week, the TCDSB is celebrating its 19th Annual Awards Ceremony on MONDAY, May 4th with an Awards Video honouring the accomplishments of our students, alumni, staff and friends of our Catholic education system. The video and details of the recipients’ accomplishments will be shard here: Awards Video.

  • Our Daily Nurture - The Nurturing Our Catholic Community (NCC) Team is providing DAILY reflections as a resource for spiritual help to Ignite Hope during the COVID-19 pandemic. To review these daily reflections on the TCDSB Website, please click here or see them posted daily on our Twitter account: @TCDSB_NCC​.

  • Province-Wide Prayer for Catholic Education WeekTUESDAY, May 5th, 9am.  Click here for a link to the prayer that all are encouraged to pray: Prayer for Catholic Education Week.

  • TCDSB Mass for Catholic Education – Father Obinna Ifeanyi from our Nurturing our Catholic Community Team will be celebrating a Mass dedicated to the TCDSB and to Catholic Education on WEDNESDAY, May 6th from our Loretto Abbey Chapel. Director of Education Rory McGuckin will be proclaiming the readings of the day. The Mass will be broadcast throughout the day on Daily TV Mass; see here for times and network providers, or watch on YouTube at any time on May 6th: TCDSB Mass on YouTube.

  • Province-Wide Mass for Catholic Education Week – Celebrated by His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins on WEDNESDAY, May 6th, at 10 am, via livestream: Cardinal's Mass.

  • Our Weekly Board-Wide Online Liturgy - Join us on THURSDAY, May 7th at 4pm as we gather as a TCDSB community in celebration of Catholic Education and in prayer for HOPE FOR THE WORLD. We turn to Mother Mary, a true model and teacher of hopefulness and faith during these challenging times: NCC YouTube Channel.

  • A Future Full of Hope – On FRIDAY, May 8th at 4:30pm, CSLIT will be hosting a student talent show inspiring a FUTURE FULL OF HOPE, celebrating our gifts in Catholic Education! Please click here​ for more information and for all things Catholic Student Leadership in the TCDSB.

  • Rooted in Christ, we Believe - While learning from home, students are asked to consider who inspires them, who nurtures their faith, who acts as a mentor and role model of Catholic living.  Students are invited to celebrate those who have guided them on their journey of faith, and to share their ideas/initiatives on social media (@TCDSB #TCDSBelieves). Students are asked to send their submissions to  Deadline for submissions: May 26, 2020. For more information, see here: we Believe.

  • FAiTHTALK Radio Maria Contest - Students are also invited to submit a proposal about how they are ‘living their faith’ today. Gr. 7-12 students can submit 500 words and Gr. 4-6 students can submit 250 words to Deadline for submissions: May 26, 2020. TEACHERS may choose to use this activity as a writing assignment for their students. For more information, see here: FAiTH TALK Radio Maria Contest.

  • Good News Stories – We invite you to share with the TCDSB and with OCSTA, relevant local stories of HOPE and Christian service during these times of challenge and uncertainty - please send stories to and to Sharon McMillan - You are encouraged to send photos whenever possible.
May 4th-8th is also Mental Health Awareness Week! Please watch out for the TCDSB Mental Health Newsletter, as we work together to inspire hope for mental wellness for all!
We thank you for your support and promotion of Catholic Education Week! Remember to use the following hashtags on social media:  #CEW2020, #IgnitingHope, #TCDSBelieves.