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Celebrating Catholic Education in the ALCDSB April 30-May 5

April 29, 2023

CEW-2023-Logo_COLOUR-DOVE-TITLE-DATE.pngCatholic Education Week will be celebrated across the province during the week of April 30 - May 5, 2023. This year’s theme of Catholic Education Week is We are Many, We are OneThe spiritual quote for Catholic Education Week 2023 is  “We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members, one of another.” (Romans 12:5) 

When celebrating Catholic Education Week activities over social media, schools are encouraged to use the following hashtags:  
As we return to in-person Catholic Education Week events, we will maintain the practice of celebrating a different event each day of Catholic Education Week. 
Monday, May 1  
Sub-theme: When we see 
Scripture theme: Blessed are the Pure in Heart for they will see God. Matthew 5:8 

CEW Video
Watch the ALCDSB's Catholic Education Week Video project here.

CEW Twitter challenge  
10:00 am 
Twitter Challenge - Highlight your Prayer Tables and Chapels!  
This year, the Twitter challenges invite students and staff to share their prayer tables. Suggestions for tweets include pictures of prayer tables and highlighting the different ways that prayer tables are being used. Secondary schools are invited to also highlight their chapels and how they are used!   
Tuesday, May 2 
Sub-theme: When we listen 
Scripture theme: Be quick to listen and slow to speak. James 1:19 
Catholic Education Week Mass, by Archbishop Mulhall 
10:30 am  
St. Joseph's Catholic Church 
399 Victoria Ave. 
Belleville, Ontario 
Music ministry for the Mass will be led by The Josh Blakesley Band, in collaboration with two elementary schools.   
To prepare for the Mass and to encourage full, conscious, active participation at the celebration, schools are encouraged to become familiar with the following songs that will be sung at the Mass: 
Alleluia Sing to Jesus 
Come to the Banquet 
Here I Am Lord
The Way 
Mass of Restoration (Mass Parts) 
Wednesday, May 3 
Sub-theme: When we reflect  
Scripture theme: Reflect on the Statutes of the Lord. Sirach 6:27 
Grade 6 Witness Faith Day (West) 
10:00 am - 1:30 pm 
St. Joseph's Catholic Church 
399 Victoria Ave. 
Belleville, Ontari 
Musical guest: Josh Blakesley Band Praise & Worship (Livestreamed) 
All grade 6 students in the West are invited to attend. Bussing provided. 
Thursday, May 4
Sub-theme: When we learn 
Scripture theme: Let the wise also hear and gain in learning, and the discerning acquire skill. Proverbs 1:5 

Grade 6 Witness Faith Day (East) 
10:00 am - 1:30 pm 
St. Paul the Apostle Church 
1111 Taylor Kidd Blvd. 
Kingston, Ontario 
Musical guest: Josh Blakesley Band Praise & Worship (Livestreamed) 
All grade 6 students in the East are invited to attend. Bussing provided. 
Friday, May 5 
Sub-theme: When we act 
Scripture theme: Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 1 John 3:18 
Catholic Education Week Awards Luncheon  
Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board Office 
151 Dairy Avenue, Napanee 
Catholic Education Week Awards will be recognized, and a luncheon will take place at the Board office, Award recipients and special guests by invitation.   
At the conclusion of the awards luncheon, an interactive poster will be released to celebrate the Catholic Education Week award recipients. The poster will include a description of the awards, the names, sites, and photos of the award recipients, and a link to a detailed description of the recipients’ contributions to the system. Please share the poster widely, once it becomes available. 
Please note that the Catholic Education Week Mass and the Josh Blakesley Band Praise and Worship session (via Witness Faith Day East) will be livestreamed so that everyone in the system may participate. 

Staff are encouraged to visit the official Catholic Education Week website,, to access resources and lesson plans that support Catholic Education Week 2023.