September 2, 2016
We would like to share a link to an audio file. A thank you goes out to the Archdiocese of Edmonton for sharing this link with us.
This is a great editorial by Eileen Bell of 630 CHED. It reflects on changing times at schools over the years, and comments on recent criticism of a Catholic school board for teaching chastity. She says in the below link quote, "Let's make sure that we don't push so hard to ease discrimination against one group of people that we cause discrimination against others. There are places on earth where parents can't freely teach their children their beliefs -- happily that's not us. Catholic school boards have a right to teach within their faith principles, as do other Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, and other schools. Parents should have the ability to have their children educated within the principles they want them to grow up with. No one should teach hate if they understand that God loves all of his children equally."
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June 21, 2016
Today we celebrate the 20th Annual National Aboriginal Day and the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) would like to take the time to recognize that we as a provincial organization through our member boards, work in a collaborative and unique way with the Indigenous peoples on Treaties 6, 7, 8 and 11 land.
The First Peoples of this land held it as sacred ground. In recognition of this, we would like to note that we are all common brothers and sisters who are grounded in creation by the spirit of our Creator, whom we all turn to for guidance, hope and trust.
There has been much pain and hurt in the lives of many First Nations peoples caused through both the actions and inactions of our provincial and federal governments, churches and schools on this land. Catholic schools today can play an extremely important and positive role in healing this pain.
Reconciliation and healing are noble goals, and something we at the ACSTA, in solidarity with our member school boards, will work hard to achieve so that our future will be one of peace, friendship, and unity with our Lord God the Creator.
Prayer for: National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, 2015 (CCCB)
O Great Creator, we give praise and thanks to You for our lives and world. You make all things new and good, and you invite your peoples throughout creation to receive and share all that is good with each other. Thank you for how wonderfully and intimately You share Your life with us all. Likewise, we seek deepening relationships with each other and all Creation.
We commit to live and work with one another – our families; our communities; all cultures, nations, and peoples – in union with Mary, all the Saints, and our Grandfathers and Grandmothers who have gone before us and inspire us. We thank Your Great Holy Spirit for the great variety of gifts and talents You give Your people, and we commit to always using Your blessings to help one another and all Creation.
Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association
#205, 9940 - 106 Street
Edmonton AB T5K 2N2
Phone: 780/484-6209 Fax: 780/484-6248
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May 5, 2016
Edmonton, AB - Today on World Catholic Education Day, the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association (ACSTA) stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who have been impacted so greatly by the fire in Ft. McMurray. It is with heavy hearts and great concern that we have witnessed the unfolding of the unprecedented events over the last few days.
Catholic schools across the province are taking this day to showcase Catholic education in special ways. World Catholic Education Day is held 40 days after Easter on Ascension, and is a time for Catholics around the world to take a moment to pause, reflect and pray on the gift that is Catholic education, and how it has served many in Canada over the years, from primary to post-secondary education.
The ACSTA affirms its commitment to support and celebrate Catholic education in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. As Pope Francis commented back in February 2015 to a group of educators, “You cannot speak of Catholic education without speaking about humanity, because the Catholic identity is precisely that God became man.”
This is why the ACSTA stands in solidarity with everyone affected by the Ft. McMurray fire, as Catholic education at its heart is about humanity, and how as God’s children, it is our obligation and privilege to help those in need. Along with our continuing prayers for safety and security for all affected, we stand ready to help by supporting our local Bishops and school boards in their campaigns to raise funds for victims of this terrible tragedy. We are also working closely with our member boards, as well as the Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta, to help displaced students. Please know that all of us involved in Catholic education in Alberta stand ready, able and willing to help students, staff and their families in any way we can, be it through registering at new schools, to more tangible ways, such as the procuring of school supplies.
In the meantime, the ACSTA is encouraging people to donate to their local Bishops Appeals, and the Red Cross, whose relief efforts offer immediate help to those in need. Please visit http://www.redcross.ca/in-your- community/alberta. Also, dioceses across the province are having special collections this weekend. Please contribute generously.
Stay tuned for further updates from the ACSTA on actions we are taking to help. For further information, contact Adriana LaGrange, ACSTA President at 403-396-9912 or Dean Sarnecki, ACSTA Executive Director at 780-484-6248. Please follow our Twitter feed @ACSTANews to stay up to date on what’s going on with our member boards. You can access the full list via this link: http://www.acsta.ab.ca/about-us/member-boards to see what great things are happening in Catholic education across the province. Also, be sure to visit our member boards’ respective Twitter and Facebook pages for Education Week updates.
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