Priest consecrating chalice during mass

Catholic Education Week

Catholic Education Week (CEW) is May 5 - 10, 2024. The theme for this year is "We are Called to Love".

Catholic Education Week logo with a heart shape background with Catholic Educaton: We Are Called to Love written on it.

“If we love one another, God lives in us.”


   (1 John 4:12)

Prayer for Catholic Education Week

English | Prayer for CEW

God who is love,
Love is our calling, and the goal for which you have made us.
As we celebrate Catholic Education Week,
may our love in action reveal to our world
that we are people of justice and mercy.
May our daily words and example show clearly
that we are people of faith and hope.
In the ways we reflect you daily,
may everyone recognize us as people of joy.
Help us to never forget how much you love us,
and to cherish your life within us,
which gives energy and direction to our loving.
May we hear your call to love generously and inclusively,
and may we call our world to be more loving also.
All of this we ask in the name of Jesus, our Friend and our Lord.

French | Prière pour la SEC

Dieu d’amour,
l’amour est notre vocation, ce pour quoi tu nous as créés.
En célébrant la Semaine de l’éducation catholique,
que notre amour en action révèle au monde
que nous sommes des personnes de justice et de miséricorde.
Que nos paroles et notre exemple montrent clairement
que nous sommes des personnes de foi et d’espérance.
En étant ton reflet chaque jour,
que le monde nous reconnaisse comme des personnes habitées de joie.
Aide-nous à ne jamais oublier combien tu nous aimes,
et à chérir ta vie en nous
qui donne souffle et direction à notre amour.
Puissions-nous entendre ton appel à aimer sans compter,
et à interpeller le monde à être plus aimant aussi.
Nous te demandons tout cela par Jésus, notre ami et notre Seigneur.

Scripture Quotes for the Five Sub-Themes of CEW

Monday: As people of hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing. Romans 15:13

Tuesday: As people of faith

For in Christ Jesus… the only thing that counts is faith working through love. Galatians 5:6

Wednesday: As people of mercy

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36

Thursday: As people of justice

Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God. Micah 6:8

Friday: As people of joy

Our heart is glad in the Lord, because we trust in his holy name. Psalm 33:21


To access the advance kits that offer elementary and secondary resources (e.g., monthly prayer services, music, lesson plans, visuals, etc.), please visit the OCSTA Catholic Education Week Resources website.

Note: Resources are available in both English and French.