St. Barnabas Catholic School has been serving Catholic families in the Markham Road and Sheppard Avenue area since 1973. Built in the early days of the Malvern housing development, growth in the student population soon created the need for a multi-room portable. After many years of waiting, the school community was delighted to receive funding in 1994 for an addition to the main building which would eliminate the need for the portable. This addition, opened in 1997, provides the space necessary for a new gymnasium, a redesigned main entrance and a larger library.
The patron saint of St. Barnabas Catholic School lived in Jerusalem in the first century. He worked with the apostles and with St. Paul, devoting his life to spreading the Gospel. The scriptures call him “a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and faith”. Barnabas means man of encouragement and this seems to capture his approach to life. He traveled extensively, encouraging people to listen to the gospel message. St. Barnabas was generous and brave and scripture shows that he was trusted and respected by the leaders of the early church. He is mentioned fairly often in the Acts of the Apostles and in several of Paul's letters.
Barnabas was born in Cyprus. His given name was Joseph; the apostles gave him the Hebrew name Barnabas, which means "Son of Encouragement," in honour of his work in the Church. Joseph Barnabas was born into a Jewish family, members of the tribe of Levi. The meaning of Barnabas is something to keep in mind as we interact with others. Encouragement can be a great act of Grace. Each of us can remember many who had great impact on us because of their encouragement of us. Being a member of the Saint Barnabas community means being a son or daughter of encouragement, too. The Feast Day of St. Barnabas is June 11th.
St. Barnabas has a full athletic program. House league sports are open to all and school teams are available in soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross-country and track. The many pennants hanging in the gym demonstrate the high level of athletic skill shown by St. Barnabas students. While our sports program encourages the development of high levels of athletic skill, we consider the development of team spirit and cooperation to be equally as important. honoured with the title 'Apostle'.
Grant, O God, that we may follow the example of your faithful servant Barnabas, who seeking not his own renown but the well-being of your Church, gave generously of his life and substance for the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.