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PASTORAL PLAN St. Dominic 2023-2024.pdf
Prayer of St. Dominic
May God the Father who made us bless us
May God the Son send his healing among us
May God the Holy Spirit move within us and
give us eyes to see with, ears to hear with
and hands that your work might be done.
May we walk and preach the word of God to all
May the angel of peace watch over us and
lead us at last by God's grace to the Kingdom.
Creating a Safe and Inclusive Community
A Catholic faith community is rooted in a set of common beliefs which are inspired by the life, mission and teaching of Jesus. We grow together as disciplines of Jesus in a Catholic educational community by continuously articulating and celebrating those common beliefs.
As a Catholic community, we are called to learn and to grow and to become more like Jesus in the way we see and treat others. Our Catholic faith plays an important role in helping us shape schools that are safe caring and inclusive.
Catholic school education provides us the opportunity to integrate virtues formation into all areas of our school life within the context of our faith.
We celebrate the virtues at St. Dominic through the Pals program, assemblies, recognizing students who have demonstrate these virtues and through various other activities initiatiated through our STARR committee.
STARR stands for Safe, Tolerant, Acceptance, Respect and Responsible. This committee of dedicated individuals work with the Peel Public Heath on a range of outreach and green projects.
Youth Faith Ambassadors
Youth Faith Ambassadors (YFA) is a program offered to students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 who are interested in working with their peers to build our school's Catholic faith.
There are currently 20 YFA at our school who are eager to nurture their spiritual growth as well as others through a variety of faith-based activities such as virtue announcements, Peacemakers, and WITS. They will devote their time and talents to serve in the name of Jesus.
YFA Belief Statement
We believe …
- God is at the heart of who we are and all that we do.
- In being Christ-centred in all that we do by living a faith-filled life.
- Each of us is a gift from God and has the potential to grow, to develop and to contribute.
- Each person is worthy of our respect, is to be included and is to be treated fairly and with dignity.
- Our Catholic faith unites diverse groups at our school to strengthen our Christian values through our time and talents.
The Biography of St. Dominic
If he hadn't taken a trip with his bishop, Dominic would probably have remained within the structure of contemplative life. After the trip, he spend the rest of his life being a contemplative in active apostolic work.
Born in an old Castile, Spain, he was trained for the priesthood, studied the arts and theology, and became a canon of cathedral at Osma, where there was an attempt to revive the apostolic common life described in the Acts of Apostles.
On a journey through France with his bishop, he came face to face with the virulent Albigensian heresy at Languedoc. Dominic sensed the need for the Church to combat this heresy, and was commissioned to be part of the preaching crusade against it. Dominic, with three Cistercians, began itinerant preaching according to the gospel ideal. He continued this work for 10 years, being successful with the ordinary people. His fellow preachers gradually became a community, and in 1215 he founded a religious house at Toulouse, the beginning of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans).
Dominic spent the last year of his life organizing the order, travelling all over Italy, Spain and France preaching and attracting new members. The new order was phenomenally successful in conversion work as it applied Dominic's concept of harmonizing the intellectual life with popular needs. He was canonized in 1234 and is the patron saint of astronomers.