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Toronto Catholic District School Board

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Display case at the entrance...

 

Welcome to D'Arcy McGee Catholic School! As we approach the end of January we give thanks for all that we have experienced at school. One of our newest initiatives that brings joy to our school that will unite parish, family and school is the blessing of the classrooms. Fr. Ruggiero gladly came and gave us all a blessing with Holy Water in our classrooms after saying a prayer over the announcements. He was then accompanied through the school by a team of altar servers, carrying the Crucifix and candles.
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Fr. Ruggiero, Parish Priest of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish blessing the Grade 4 Class
The prayer was part of the original Epiphany blessing of homes that took place on or near January 6, the Solemnity of the Epiphany...
"Using the blessed chalk mark the lintel of your front door (or front porch step) as follows:
20 + C + M + B + 16 while saying:
The three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar followed the star of God’s Son who became human two thousand and fifteen years ago. May Christ bless our home and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.

Then offer the following prayer:
Visit, O blessed Lord, this classroom with the gladness of your presence. Bless all who live or visit here with the gift of your love; and grant that we may manifest your love to each other and to all whose lives we touch.
May we grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of you;
guide, comfort, and strengthen us in peace, O Jesus Christ,
now and forever. Amen
 
What a great event to start at our school!
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St. Joseph's Staff near the statue of Our Lady:
Did you know that January 23 was the Feast of the Betrothal of Our Lady and St. Joseph? There are lots of reasons for joy in January.

... at the library display case:
We focus on practicing the virtue of Courage, or Fortitude, in the month of January, the opposing virtue of cowardice. We learn about Bible characters that showed great courage, including of course the Apostles.
Courage (Fortitude) is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. The virtue of fortitude enables one to conquer fear, even fear of death, and to face trials and persecutions. It disposes one even to renounce and sacrifice his life in defense of a just cause. "The Lord is my strength and my song."70 "In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (CCC 1808).  We look forward to attaining our spiritual and academic goals and take as our models the saints!

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St. Joseph Staff, a reminder of the Patron Saint of Canada,

and Patron of the Universal Church​