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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School History and Tradition


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 St. James was the son of Zabedee and Salone, brother of Saint John the Apostle, and may also have been the cousin of Jesus.  He is called “the Greater” simply because he became an Apostle before John the Lesser.  Saint James was a fisherman who left everything when Christ called him to become “a fisher of people”. James was a close confident of Jesus. It is believed that he preached in Samaria, Judea and Spain.  He died a martyr. (refer Matthew 4:21, Mark 1:19 and Luke 5:10).


St. James is the Patron Saint of pilgrims and rheumatism.  We celebrate the Feast of St James on July 25th.

St. James Catholic School was built in 1960 to meet the needs of a community, which at that time, and  had a large Maltese population. The school was named after St. James the apostle, and is one of two schools in St. James Parish.
St. James School, is located in the City of York and near the intersection of Jane and Dundas Streets. 
Our students come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.  They learn and grow in a caring school community environment which stresses commitment to our Catholic faith, acceptance of others and high academic standards. We provide all programmes consistent with the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Toronto Catholic District School Board.  We are committed to creating a positive Catholic atmosphere within our school, and we also realize that parents are the first and foremost educators of their children and we as Catholic educators are “partners of the parents”  The third essential part of this triad is the Catholic church.
We are one of the 2 schools that share in celebration of our faith at our parish “St James Catholic Church” We work with our parish, as we help our students’ develop their faith via monthly liturgies, sacramental preparation and classroom visits.
As the Year of the Family approaches an end, our focus will be turning to the Year of the Parish, the second in our three-year pastoral plan of Together with One Voice—Family, Parish and School. This does not mean that we are no longer focusing on our families. Families remain at the centre of Catholic education. However for 2016-2017 we look to celebrate our parish families, and the connections between our parishes and our school communities.
It is a time to find ways to nurture the relationships that are working well, and to build stronger relationships among all our schools and parishes.
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Throughout the year, we will be celebrating the initiatives that schools and parishes are undertaking together at or via twitter using the hashtag #parishproject.
Our students making their confirmations this school year in 2017 are:
Zoey W, Athena F, Jamara B, Alex F, Keri W, Zoe A, Natalia T, Marvin T, Mariah D, Linda C, Cameron F, Samuel D, Nicholas A, Malik M and Israel S.