The Catholic Social Teachings are evident in our school district as students and staff engage in activities that emphasize our ‘faith in action’. Below is a snapshot of the wonderful activities that occurred during the 2014-2015 school year.
Bishop Reding’s H.O.P.E. Project Woven Through HCDSB Community
The H.O.P.E Project at Bishop P.F. Reding Catholic Secondary Schoolfor the 2014-2015 year brought to light various social issues in less developed countries. As part of the project, “The Milk Mat Club” began after Mikaela, student from Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School and daughter of English and Religious Education Teacher, Rowena Mascarenhas excitedly wanted to learn how milk bags were used to create bed mats for people in need.
Thanks to staff, students and community partners, Bishop Reding’s H.O.P.E. Project became a huge success. Since beginning the project in November, 2014, Bishop Reding’s Milk Mat Club has collected over 4,000 outer milk bags. Weaving the bags into mats have provided a soft bed for those in need and each of the beds can last up to 15-20 years.
HCDSB Schools Join Forces to Bring About Positive Social Change!
Social justice groups at Holy Rosary (Burlington), Our Lady of Peace, St. John (Burlington), Ascension and St. Michael Catholic Schools joined forces to bring about positive social change. Together in solidarity, the students raised awareness and money for Free the Children’s Clean Water and Sanitation Program. The social justice activities carried out at the five respective schools promoted the importance of bringing clean and healthy drinking water to our brothers and sisters overseas.
The students gathered one final time on April 30, 2015 to celebrate their accomplishments in a “Youth Empowered through Solidarity (Y.E.S.)” Conference. Students listened to guest speakers and prepared a 15 minute presentation to showcase their efforts over the year.