Along with regular instruction in Catholic teachings, our faith will permeate everything we do as a school community. Through our actions and words we will walk in the footsteps of Christ in our quest to serve the Lord and each other.
We gather together as a whole school community to celebrate throughout the year. We start the year with an Opening School Mass in September, in October we celebrate with a Thanksgiving assembly and in December we have an Advent Mass. The start of Lent begins with distribution of Ashes on Ash Wednesday, during Lent we recreate a symbolic Stations of the Cross, and finally Easter Mass is celebrated, a Savior has Risen! During Mary’s month of May students participate in a Living Rosary Finally the end of school year Mass takes place in mid-June. Our whole school celebrations are at the heart of what our school community is all about.
Parish members join our students each Monday to pray the Rosary. Weekly Masses are held in the Chapel every Thursday from 9:00 AM-10 AM. Classes rotate throughout the year. Parents and community members are welcome to join us any time.
Parents and Parish members are welcome to join us for all spiritual celebrations. Please refer to the monthly calendar for scheduling or check with your child’s teacher.
Missions, Youth Conferences & Retreats
The “Search” retreat is a weekend during which young men and women come together for a sharing of faith, fun and fellowship. These weekend retreats take place all over the world in different cities in countries. There are several places in Alberta in which search retreats have been organizes, and St.Augustine School has taken groups of students to attend these retreats.
Search is a retreat which encourages young people to “search for a Christian maturity” within the Catholic Faith. During the weekend several leaders teach lessons regarding the beliefs of the Catholic Church and living a Christian life. There is time spent singing and dancing, time for games and activities, time for reflection and time for prayer.
The students are able to take time out of their busy lives to reflect on what their identity is in Christ, and meet other people around the province who are also doing the same thing. It is truly beautiful to see the growth than can occur over one weekend, and a distinct privilege to have the opportunity to take our own students to something so powerful.
YC Alberta has become Canada’s largest annual youth conference. It has grown from just 500 registrants in 1994 to over 16,000 participants annually. YC Alberta is a weekend where students from junior high to university age come together to be spiritually challenged and changed for the purposes of God. In the last decade, thousands of students have accepted Christ as their personal Savior and thousands more have made decisions to be bold in their faith and go deep with God. Christian Youth Convention for Teens~ Concerts, Speakers and Lots of FUN!
Wolf Creek Youth Unlimited/Youth for Christ is privileged to spend time with the students of St. Augustine school. Youth Unlimited/YFC is a non-profit organization that is committed to assisting students to develop a balanced lifestyle: spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically and socially. We accomplish this through a number of relational opportunities. Youth Unlimited has been involved at St A’s and with their students in lunch time club programs, student mission trips, student leadership opportunities, or helping out with youth events such as YC.
Visit our website: http://wcyu.org/
RCIC or the Rite of Catholic Initiation for Children is series of classes for children who have not yet been baptized, but wish to be. The children meet after school twice a week for many weeks. They learn more about how loved they are by God who sent Jesus for each of us. There is time spent in the chapel, sharing their own stories, learning many forms of prayer, discussing passages and stories of the Bible, learning about the sacraments, and being involved in many enjoyable activities. There is also a tour of St. Augustine Church.
Rite of Christian Imitation for Adults is designed for people who have an interest in the Catholic faith & want to know more about it. Those who may want to become Catholic; those who are already baptise & practicing their faith but want to have a deeper & more intimate understanding of it. RCIA is a parish ministry where each one of us shares part of our self with those inquiring in the faith. We welcome, participate and support those who are seeking. If you are interested, meetings are once a week and run from October to Easter. Please share this message with those who may be interested. Contact the Parish Office at 403-783-4048 for more information.
What is SALT?
The acronym SALT stands for: St. Augustine Leadership Team. SALT is essentially a youth group, open to any students in grades 9 – 12, that meets once a week on Mondays from 3:00 – 4:00. SALT is a group in which students can gather together to discuss the questions that they have concerning their faith, learn more about what it means to live a Christian life and be a part of a welcoming group of peers. The students in this group learn to care for each other as a faith community. They understand that importance of supporting one another, building each other up, and encouraging each other to pursue a godly life.
Service to Others
Every year, our school raises money for Development and Peace. The elementary grades will collect money and represent their collections on bulletin boards. Each class will be able to clothe, feed and give shelter to a paper child. The items that are purchased will be symbolic of the needs of people all over the world. When all items are purchased, money will be collected to build a well, one brick at a time. The money is to be sent with your child and will be collected by the homeroom teachers. Classes will then decide which items to purchase.
St. Augustine School sponsors a foster child through World Vision. Our foster child’s name is Kareemeh Husein Alawneh. She lives in the West Bank, Jeruzalem. She is 9 years old and enjoys math and helping her mom with chores. The money is raised through the recycling program. World Vision uses this money to improve the quality of life for children by creating safe environments for children to work and play.