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​​​​​​​​​Board Pastoral Theme

​​​​​​​​​​An Introduction to Our Pastoral Themes

​​​​Cover of MYSP Annual PastoralThe 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, β€œAll 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 β€œBeloved 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 β€œFormed 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 β€œBlessed 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 β€œCalled to Witness", fulfilling the Church's mission to carry out and continue the work of Jesus Christ on Earth.



Formed in the Faith

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The third of five pastoral themes, β€œFormed 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 β€œFormed 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. 

Overview: 2022-2023

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 Participation; Care for God’s Creation​ β€‹
​OCSGE Focus:
​ A Discerning Believer 
​​​​United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Focus:
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. β€‹
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, sea and marine resources for sustainable development.
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.​

  • Discipleship

    We accept the call to be imitators of Christ by embracing the Beatitudes through authentic witness at the school, community, and global levels. Rooted in our commitment to transmit our Faith and Catholic tradition, we are inspired to build communities dedicated to the formation of young people who recognize their gifts and responsibilities to contribute to the transformation of the world into a more just and loving society for all.

  • Scholarship

    We believe that each student, made in the image and likeness of God and being hope for the future, can be engaged in their learning and achieve at high levels with appropriate supports. We are committed to ensuring that the potential of each student is realized through the achievement of ambitious outcomes and improving in their learning to the highest possible level.

  • Stewardship

    We embrace our responsibilities for the prudent and judicious use of the resources we have been allocated. In our context, we are committed to the development and growth of all employees, responsible and accountable practices and our call to care for all of God's creation.