Board Pastoral Theme
An Introduction to Our Pastoral Themes
The vision of the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board is that we imagine a world where every person is empowered to reach their full potential through faith and service. Our mission is the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board builds faith-filled learning communities where each member is loved, inspired, and successful. The new annual pastoral themes for the ALCDSB call us to express our faith through our vision and mission statements.
Catholic education is nurtured by the home-school-parish relationship. The annual pastoral themes will support the ALCDSB's Multi-Year Strategic Plan and will continue to nurture the members of home, school, and parish. Each annual theme is enriched with connections to Scripture, song, prayer, the
Renewing the Promise pastoral letter, Catholic Social Teaching, the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The ALCDSB pastoral themes were intentionally selected in a particular sequence. Each subsequent theme is intended to build on the previous theme. The first theme, “All Are Welcome in This Place" reminds us that as a Catholic education community, our first step is to establish relationships and ensure that every person feels a genuine sense of belonging. Once this is established, we can learn more about what it means to be valued as “Beloved Children of God", called to celebrate the inherent dignity of each person who is created in the image and likeness of God. We then respond to God's invitation to be “Formed in the Faith", seeking God, growing deeper in our relationship with God, and accompanying each other along our faith journey. Recognizing that faith is a gift from God, we are “Blessed Beyond Belief", thankful for all of the gifts and blessings that we receive, which all come from God. Finally, once we are equipped with the tools that we need, we are “Called to Witness", fulfilling the Church's mission to carry out and continue the work of Jesus Christ on Earth.
Blessed Beyond Belief
The fourth of five pastoral themes, “Blessed
Beyond Belief”, calls us to open our eyes and
our hearts to see all of God’s goodness that
surrounds us. Recognizing that faith is a
gift from God, we are thankful for all of the
gifts and blessings that we receive, which
all come from God. In response to all of
God’s blessings, we offer our worship. We
are blessed and chosen
and that means God’s
arms will always be
open to us with mercy,
grace, guidance and
and love. God walks
with us and knows our
true heart. God is our
lighthouse in the storm
and casts away darkness
Although there are many mysteries, Jesus
has never hidden his blessings from us. He
is always there. We celebrate the gift of
ourselves, each other and the earth all around
us. We also need to take the time to celebrate
the joy we encounter in the Gospels and the
Eucharist. We praise the Lord who gives life
and love to all things, making each day new.
In our Catholic school communities, we are
called to worship and praise as Joyful Disciples.
How will we raise an alleluia with everything
that we have? How will we find a song of joy
in the middle of a storm that is stronger than
any other sound of doubt or darkness? How
will we model joy in our imperfect world? How
will we live out each day
reminding ourselves that
we are completely loved
and accepted by God? How
will we be a guiding light
to help others see their
blessings and to live more
fully in Christ?
The “Blessed Beyond Belief” logo is represented by a sunrise with the silhouette of a person with arms outstretched. There is a shadow of a cross in the distance. This logo reminds us to have open arms and open hearts to receive all of the many blessings of the Lord. When we accept all the Lord has to offer, we are set free. All things are possible when we put our trust in God.
Blessed Beyond Belief
Scriptural connection:||Blessed is the one who comes in
the name of the Lord. We bless
you from the house of the Lord.
- Psalm 118:26
|Theme song:||10,000 Reasons
|Renewing The Promise Focus:||A Community That Forms Joyful
|Catholic Social Teaching Focus:||Rights and Responsibilities
|OCSGE Focus:||A Collaborative Contributor|
A Reflective, Creative and Holistic
|United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Focus:||Sustainable Cities and Communities|
Responsible Consumption and