It's good to see even our Archbishop is getting a few well deserved days off. That said, I still received a call last week in between acts outside of a play at the Shaw Festival from His Grace. For some, there is no "down time"...
With September on the horizon, it's time for the young people to hit the books once again. For those who lead them in their day to day education, it's also a new beginning. To help support and affirm all Catholics who work in the field of education, each year there is a liturgical celebration, dinner and talk to help prepare them for the year ahead.
The 8th Annual Education Mass, sponsored by the Catholic Teacher's Guild, takes place on Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Basilica in downtown Toronto. Following mass there is a dinner and talk by Archbishop Collins on "Scripture & Education". All the details can be found by accessing the invite from His Grace along with a poster for additional info. All are welcome.
By the way, if you want to be inspired, check out the Toronto Star's profile on some of the top students across the GTA this past year. With some averaging 99 or even 100% in ALL courses, it's pretty amazing. Even more affirming is taking a look at the volunteer work and outreach that all of these students have been involved with. Kudos on their amazing accomplishments!
Let's say a special prayer as our young people embark on a new school year, whether it be at the elementary, secondary or post-secondary level. I can still remember my own first day of senior kindergarten, requiring a bribe of a popsicle from my Mom to ensure I would enter the school. I think the janitor even got in on the act, promising to replenish my supply if necessary.
While most don't need that sort of motivation, we wish them all the best and thank all those, from the janitor to school secretaries, teachers, educational assistants, principals and more for the wonderful job they do in sowing the seeds of faith in our young people. May there be plenty of popsicles for you all!
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