Faith Formation

Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing that I do your will.        (Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Our school’s founders, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and the Jesuits, are strong proponents of Catholic education.  Under their guidance, one of the first missions of our parish was to build and then open our school in 1912.  We have continued to uphold this tradition and our mission as Catholics to promote Catholic education rooted in the spirituality of finding God in the world and in all things.

We recognize that parents are the primary faith educators of their children. We encourage families to continue to develop and deepen their faith through family prayer, participation in parish masses and sacraments, and community outreach.

Religious Education

St. Ignatius School employs the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ full catechetical program as a daily component of the school’s academic life. In addition to regular catechetical instruction, the school responds to the mission of Catholic schools by integrating the values and beliefs of the Catholic faith into all aspects of the school’s academic program.

Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental preparation for First Communion (grade 2), First Reconciliation (grade 3) and Confirmation (grade 8) are included in the school’s educational mandate. The preparation for receiving these sacraments is a joint undertaking involving parents, the school, and the parish.  Your child will receive instruction in the classroom and you will assist in preparing them at home. Information about this process will be distributed by the classroom teacher.

Prayer

Each school day begins with prayer. We encourage families to develop rituals around daily prayer such as grace at meals, bedtime prayers, or praying for special intentions.

Participating in Sacramental and Liturgical Celebrations

Mass/liturgical celebrations are scheduled throughout the school year as identified on the school calendar, and parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. There are also opportunities throughout the school year for students to participate in the sacrament of reconciliation as identified on the school calendar.

Community Service/Social Justice Initiatives

We believe in putting faith in action through community service experiences and social justice initiatives. Our middle years Social Justice committee organizes three yearly campaigns aimed at both education and action. We teach our students to research, discuss, and respond to needs within our community.