Message to Families
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. John 3:16
My dear partners in Catholic education… it is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that our beloved District Chaplain, Father Michael Mireau, affectionately known to students and staff as Father Catfish, has passed away. Father Mike has ministered to the students and staff of Edmonton Catholic Schools in the role of our District Chaplain and as Chaplain of St. Francis Xavier High School since August, 2010. Many of you were blessed to have Father Mike as your parish priest, as well.
As you know, Father Mike walked a long road to Our Father through his battle with cancer. A true Minister to our district family, Father Mike openly shared his difficult journey with us in order that we might grow in our knowledge of how faith can carry us through adversity and pain, and ultimately bring us comfort, solace, and great promise. He showed us Shalom in its truest sense.
Father Mike will always be known and loved as an individual with a passion for youth who committed his life to showing them the beauty and importance of Jesus in their lives. His legacy is part of the fabric of the Archdiocese of Edmonton and Edmonton Catholic Schools.
As a testament to our respect for Father Mike, our flags will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on the day of his funeral.
Let us join together as a community of believers to be thankful for the gift of the time that we had with Father Mike and to take comfort in the knowledge that he is at rest in God.
As Father Mike always said, “God is Love”. May he always be embraced in the fullness of this love.
What excitement we are feeling to be back at school. We hope you and your children share in our excitement. We are welcoming seven new teachers to our staff and we look forward to the talents they will be sharing with us. We are also welcoming a large number of new families to our community as they have moved into their new homes. Along with our increasing enrollment, we will be implementing team teaching classrooms as our space becomes more limited. 2014-2015 looks to be one of our best!
There will be a variety of “new” things to look forward to this year. We will be initiating family community building opportunities this year that will include exploring Social Justice causes, open gym activities and parent education evenings. We will move to electronic report cards that include some changes that we hope will reflect your feedback. Please see this newsletter for an update on the report card itself and we will provide you more details in our November newsletter regarding receiving the electronic report card. Our District “Transform” initiative will carry on with our professional development will continuing to focus on excellent instruction while increasing our Project Based Learning approach. Throughout the year I will comment on initiatives taking place in our school.
Ultimately, we are excited! We hope you join us and keep abreast with us as we take our students to new levels of learning this year. We hope to see you for our BBQ and Program Night on September 11.