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.
Formed in the Faith
The third of five pastoral themes, “Formed
in the Faith”, calls us to nurture our
relationship with God as we continue along
our faith journey. God invites us to enter into
relationship with Him, and growing in faith
is our response to this relationship. Faith
formation is an important part of our lives as
lifelong learners who are members of a faith-filled community.
It is important to recognize that each
individual is on their own faith journey,
therefore, we must provide faith formation
opportunities that meet the needs of all
members of our community.
Faith formation includes religious and family
life education curricula and programming, liturgical celebrations and celebration of the
Eucharist, faith days, and extracurricular and
experiential opportunities. All faith formation
opportunities are intended to bring us closer to
God and to help us live a Christ-centred life.
The “Formed in the Faith” logo is represented
by a tree with roots below the ground, and
a seed that is marked with the cross. The
tree is a visible sign of God’s creation, which
represents all of us. The roots remind us that
as people of faith, we are all rooted in Christ.
The seed reminds us that in order for our faith
to grow, we must sow on good soil, which is
the faith formation that we give and receive
throughout our lives.
Formed in the Faith
Scriptural connection:||As you therefore have received Christ
Jesus the Lord, continue to live your
lives in him, rooted and built up in
him and established in the faith, just
as you were taught, abounding in
thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7)|
|Theme song:||The Way
Artist: Pat Barrett
|Renewing The Promise Focus:||The Breaking of the Bread|
|Catholic Social Teaching Focus:||Call to Family, Community, and
Care for God’s Creation |
|OCSGE Focus:|| A Discerning Believer |
|United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Focus:||Ensure inclusive and
equitable quality education
and promote lifelong
learning opportunities for all. |
Conserve and sustainably use
the oceans, sea and marine
resources for sustainable
Protect, restore and promote
sustainable use of terrestrial
ecosystems, sustainably manage
forests, combat desertification, and
halt and reverse land degradation
and halt biodiversity loss.