We’re into the final third of the school year now. With April upon us, let’s look forward to longer, warmer days ahead. Onward to our events for April 2019!kids

There are many events and activities taking place in our schools across Niagara Catholic this month. To discover what’s happening in your child’s school, please visit their school website to see the school newsletter or calendar.

On April 8, Niagara Catholic will celebrate the many parent, grandparent and community volunteers who enrich the lives of students in our schools at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at the Holiday Inn Parkway Convention Centre in St. Catharines. More than 300 people are expected to attend the event – and there are many more who are unable to attend due to work commitments, and we want all of our volunteers to know how much we appreciate everything they do for our students every day.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on April 14. Niagara Catholic students and staff will mark this holiest week in our calendar through prayer. Many will re-enact The Stations of the Cross, Jesus’s last day on Earth as a man. A reminder our schools and sites will be closed on April 19 and 22 for Good Friday and Easter Monday, as we head out of the Lenten season, and into the Easter season in the Church.

Have a blessed April, everyone!


The mission of the Diocese of St. Catharines is founded in the mission of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of St. John, Jesus states that He came down from heaven, "not to do my own will, but the will of him who sent me." (Jn6:38) Jesus' mission is doing the will of his Father. This is the will of the Father, "that all who see the Son and believe in him will have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day". (Jn 6:40)

The Diocese of St. Catharines' mission is rooted in doing the Father's will by proclaiming His son to the world so that all can know, love and serve Him. This mission is lived out on a daily basis in our parishes, schools and Catholic institutions. We find clergy, religious and laity committed to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ by witnessing to His truth, justice, love and mercy. St. Catharines Diocese is where faith lives.

Header for SpotlightApril 23, 2019

Policies Approved

During the April 24 Board Meeting, trustees approved the French Immersion/Admission of Elementary and Secondary Students Policy.

It is available to the public under the Policies section of this website.

St. Augustine CES Chapel Named for Pope St. Gregory the Great

GregThe newly built chapel at St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School in Welland will now be known as the Pope St. Gregory the Great Chapel.

The name was requested by the students and staff at the school, based on the close connection Pope Saint Gregory the Great had as a mentor to Saint Augustine, as Augustine led missionaries to evangelize England.


The Board supported the name, which was also endorsed by Bishop Bergie, and Board Chaplaincy Leader Krista Wood.

The official naming will take place in connection with the feast day for St. Augustine, which will be celebrated May 27 at the school. Students will learn how Pope Saint Gregory the Great influenced St. Augustine’s life.


Lakeshore Catholic High School Student Bound for Canada-Wide Science Fair


Zoe Gagnon

Zoe Gagnon, a Grade 12 student at Lakeshore Catholic High School, will travel to Fredericton, New Brunswick in May to compete in the Canada-wide Science Fair.

Zoe’s project, Activation of a Receptor for Insulin-like Peptide Decreases Fictive Locomotion in Fruit Fly Larvae, earned her a spot on Team Niagara in Fredericton. She also received the Brock University Biology Award, the Silver medal in the Senior Category, and a Brock University Entrance Scholarship.



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Have you checked out our Good News page lately? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on the great things happening in the system. Click here to see scenes from our 2019 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast and Niagara Foundation for Catholic Education Annual Benefit Gala.

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