Leap of Faith Gala

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Notre Dame Collegiate High School, St. Luke’s Outreach and Holy Spirit Academy will be celebrating 25 years of Catholic education in High River this upcoming year.

A Gala is being organized by parents and teachers and those involved in the Catholic education in the area.

Holy Spirit Academy Principal Pat MacDonald is looking forward to the celebration.

This is a very important milestone.  Over 25 years ago there was a determined group of founders who spear-headed the initiative to bring Catholic Education to High River,” said MacDonald.

“They recognized that faith based education was important in the formation of a child’s overall development. Their hard work, determination, and perseverance has  positively impacted many children over the last 25 years. The formation of a Catholic system enabled us to work closely with the family and Church to help develop well-rounded children. Our Catholic school system is incredibly proud of the Christ centered, student focused, academically challenging, safe and caring, and authentic Catholic education that we provide our students.”

People often ask what the differences are between Catholic and public school systems.

“Catholic schools are instruments of the Church, reaching out to young people of our communities with Christ’s teachings about life, death, and resurrection,” said MacDonald.

“Next to the family, schools are the most important institutions in the development of the child. Catholic schools are designed not only to develop the intellectual abilities of children but also to teach them to love others, to make good judgments, and to develop good work habits and skills for getting along with other people. Catholic school activities, policies, discipline, and rules are based on the gospel message of Jesus Christ, a message of unconditional love.”

The importance of choice when choosing a child’s education is important to the Catholic school system.

“We believe that educational choice enables parents to provide their children with an education consistent with values, beliefs and choice they wish to instill in their children. Faith based education instills in children the understanding that they are loved unconditionally as a child of God,” said MacDonald.

Some of the things that will take place at the gala include a video presentation showing the history of the High River Catholic school division, how it was established and outlining the growth it has witnessed over the years.

“There will be testimonials from staff, parents, trustees, and students discussing the impact Catholic education had on their lives. Of course there will be lots of fun with a wine raffle, silent auction, dance, and dinner,” said MacDonald.

 

“We encourage all community members who have been involved in Catholic Education to come out and celebrate this special milestone. As a community we have been incredibly blessed to enjoy publicly funded Catholic education and this is a gift that we never want to take for granted. Celebrating and acknowledging the work that our founders did to establish a Catholic school system is important. Without their hard work and efforts, our children would not enjoy the outstanding faith-based education that we are able to provide. It promises to be a fun evening.”

The event will take place at the Highwood Memorial Centre, Saturday February 29, 2020. Doors open at 5pm with Dinner and Dance to follow. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite early November through their Facebook page www.facebook.com/leapoffaithgala $60 per person. Raffles and Silent auction are planned.

 

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