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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.



Beloved Children of God

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The second of five pastoral themes, β€œBeloved Children of God”, calls us to delight in the understanding that each and every person is cherished, valued and loved unconditionally by God. We are amazed by the love and mercy that God freely offers all of us, without exception. As a Catholic education community, we celebrate the inherent dignity of each person who is created in the image and likeness of God. 

The word beloved means completely and fully loved. This is a declaration of our Christian identity as a part of God’s family. We understand that we belong to a loving, protective Father who is always with us. God sees us as forgiven, saved and full of beauty and hope. 

When we engage with a student, a staff member, a community member, or a guest in the ALCDSB, do we see them through God’s soft and loving eyes? How can we ensure that each person who feels alone, judged, marginalized or disconnected sees themselves as unconditionally loved and created in God’s image? Our goal is to ensure that each member of the ALCDSB community knows that they are precious and loved above all else. 

The β€œBeloved Children of God” logo is represented by the image of cupped hands holding a heart with the crown of thorns wrapped around the heart. The heart in the centre represents the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Jesus serves as the model for love and acceptance and is at the heart of our faith. The thorns represent the Passion, Christ’s ultimate sacrifice and victory on the cross so we could receive the gift of salvation. The cupped hands remind us that this gift is freely offered, dearly held, and protected. As faith-filled communities, we are called to joyously accept this gift. Above the heart is a flame, representing Christ’s passionate love for us. Encountering the Risen Christ leaves our hearts burning with his love, similar to the encounter shared by the disciples on the road to Emmaus. We are called to see ourselves as God sees us. We are called to see Christ in each person we meet. We are called to forgive and share God’s unconditional love with others.  

Overview: 2020-2021

Beloved Children of God

​​​​​​​​​Scriptural connection:​​​
​See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.
(1 John 3:1).

​Theme song:​You Say Who I am
Hillsong Worship
​Renewing The Promise Focus: A Community Encourages Engagement and Instils Hope
​Catholic Social Teaching Focus:
Care for God’s Creation; Solidarity β€‹
​OCSGE Focus:
​ A Discerning Believer 
​​​​United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Focus:
​​End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.​

  • 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.