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Faith at St. Anne

Faith Celebrations and Mass

The priest of St. Kevin Parish comes to the school regularly to celebrate mass with the students. There are also numerous other faith celebrations throughout the school year for students (in their own classrooms and in the gym and/or library for larger groups).

Rainbows

St. Anne School offers the Rainbows program. This year we have two support groups. Rainbows is for children who are living in single parent families, step-families or families that may be going through painful transitions. Rainbows is a support group to assist your child in expressing and understanding his/her feelings, to feel acceptance for what has happened, and to feel a sense of belonging and love.

Holy Childhood

St. Anne School is a participant in a worldwide, mission education program called the Holy Childhood Association (HCA). It connects children in Canada with children in developing countries. As members of the HCA, children are asked to do three things: Pray, Learn and Share. Its motto is “Children Helping Children”. Children share by raising money through raffles, penny drives, lunches, etc. 100% of donations from children are sent to children in the developing world. Since 1843, this association has assisted millions of children in areas of nutrition, health, spirituality, and education. Our school is proud to be involved in this very worthwhile Mission Club.

Food Drives

Annual food drives are held at the school to help fill the shelves at the local food bank. The drives are held to enhance our Catholic and Christian spirit in helping members of our community who are in need.

Grade 8 Net Retreat

Grade 8 students are involved in a fantastic retreat day offered by the National Evangelization Team, a travelling group of young adults each of whom has had a very vivid encounter with God. The NET team share their stories of personal difficulties and incredible faith. Here are some of the comments from our students regarding the retreat:

  • I learned that God loves, He knows me and that He has a plan for me. I only have to listen to Him to learn what that plan is.
  • I thought those guys were cool!
  • The NET retreat was a blast! The skits were great. I think the best part was during the quiet prayer time when our group leader came and prayed quietly for each of us.
  • Although I don’t really understand god, the NET team made it a little easier for me to see what God has done for me.
  • I thought it was going to be boring, but boy, was I wrong! It was awesome!
  • I learned that God is watching over us each day. My faith definitely grew today.
  • I learned that it’s ok to make mistakes-that’s what humans do, and no matter what you say or do, God will always love you

About our Patron Saint

St. Anne is the traditional name of the mother of Mary, the Blessed Virgin. Her name in Hebrew is Hannah, which means “grace”. Anne and her husband, Joachim, lived in Nazareth, and they were childless. To be childless in this time and place was considered a curse from God. Joachim went into the mountains to pray that God would remove this curse from them. Anne also prayed, and promised to dedicate any child she had to the service of God. An angel appeared to both Joachim and Anne promising that God would send them a child whom the whole world would call blessed. In time, a daughter was born to them, and they named her Miriam (Mary).

St. Anne is also the patroness of women in labour and of miners. Her feast day is celebrated on July 26th.

 




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