The Niagara Catholic District School Board is currently on summer hours.

The Catholic Education Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is closed Fridays.

Our annual Summer Shutdown will take place from July 26 – August 12. We will have a limited social media presence during this time, as we unplug to spend time with family and friends. We will not be checking emails or Facebook messages during this time, and will reply to messages when the Catholic Education Centre re-opens August 13.

Elementary school offices are now closed. If you have questions about your child’s secondary school report card during the first week of July, please contact the school, visit the school website or check their social media posts – they have been active in sharing with students their report card pick-up times.

If you have questions about your child’s summer school programming, please contact Continuing Education for assistance before the end of July.

If you are interested in joining our Niagara Catholic family for elementary or secondary school, or for continuing education programming this September, please find information about Niagara Catholic here. Students are expected to attend their home school – the school that is designated for their community. If you are unsure which school is your home school, please check the School Eligibility Link, which will confirm the home school and if your child is eligible for transportation.

Online registration is available throughout the summer for all parents and guardians of children who have been baptized in the Catholic church. Please complete the pre-registration form, and complete the registration in-school when the offices open on August 26. Parents who wish to register non-Catholic students at one of our Catholic elementary schools are invited to visit the school in person with their registration request. All of our Catholic secondary schools are open to non-Catholic students who are interested in everything a Catholic education has to offer.

As always, if you have any questions about Niagara Catholic while our office is open throughout the summer, please call the Catholic Education Centre and we will assist you. One small note: the Catholic Education Centre is undergoing a much-needed repair, and access to the office will come through the side door for members of the public.


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 SpotlightOctober 22, 2019

Polices Approved

Trustees approved two new policies during the October 22 Board meeting, and changes to an existing one.

Emergency Instructors Elementary Policy (New) and Catholic Leadership: Supervisory Officer and Controller of Facilities Services Policy (New), as well as the Employee Workplace Harassment Policy (201.7), are available on the Board website for review.

Michael Jacques Shares his Journey with Niagara Catholic Trustees

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Michael Jacques, centre, with student trustees Jade Bilodeau (right) and Luca DiPietro.

Michael Jacques is a proud graduate of Notre Dame College School.

He is a proud nine-year employee of Sobeys, and an avid baseball and basketball player.

He’s a fantastic author and speaker.

Oh, and Michael, who lives in his parents’ “very nice basement,” lives with autism and an intellectual disability.

The author of Can’t Read, Can’t Write, Here’s My Book, shared the sometimes touching and often hilarious story of his life with trustees and an audience of student teachers at the October 22 Board meeting. His presentation, assisted by his Executive Assistant father, focused on how he set goals to graduate from high school instead of receiving his leaving certificate (even if it took him seven years) and to write a book (that took him five-and-a-half) and ultimately became a strong advocate for others with similar challenges.

Quick with quips about his sister (“she’s my older sister, so she snooped,” Jacques said about his sister borrowing the iPad he’d used to dictate his book and discovering what he’d been doing), and his family, Jacques is as personable as he is resilient. At age 28, he’s an accomplished speaker, having presented to 30 Niagara Catholic elementary schools, two Niagara Catholic secondary schools, at a Faith Day and a Grade 12 retreat. And that’s just local. He’s been on television, completed a book-signing tour through Atlantic Canada and presented to Apple, after the company contacted him to share how he’d used their technology to write his book.

Now, Michael is being considered by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust – overseen by Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex – as an inspiring youth leader who is making a change in Canada.

“I taught Michael, and I can tell you, I learned a lot more from him than

he did from me,” said trustee Paul Turner, who taught Michael at Notre Dame College School.

Trustee Dan Moody credited Michael for his quick wit, and trustee Kathy Burtnik noted how much he impressed everyone he meets. When she asked Michael how his Catholic education shaped who he had become, Michael had this to say.

“It helped me graduate. That meant a lot to me, because it was my main goal. They were on my side, especially (retired principal) Ralph DeFazio, who was always there to listen and help me.”

Chair of the Board Frank Fera added his praise for Michael, congratulating him on his achievements.

Stay Connected with Niagara Catholic

Big changes are coming to our website in the next few weeks! Be sure to check it out in early November. The timing is perfect – just in time for our new social media campaign to launch, featuring a fantastic new secondary school video and some awesome new photos of students. You won’t want to miss a thing, so be sure you stop by often to see our news and events. Speaking of which, check out our Good News section now for some stories about Lou Ferrigno, the original Incredible Hulk’s visit to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School, a $5,000 donation of musical instruments to St. Kateri Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools from Musicounts, and our awesome graduation rate for 2018-2019.

These stories and more are also available on our social media platforms, so make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram, for updates, like Notre Dame College School’s video quest to have US Open tennis champion Bianca Andreescu visit the school for its Healthy School campaign, and important breaking news. It’s the best way to stay in the know.

Power is still out at St. Philomena Catholic Elementary School, but the school continues to be safe for all students and staff.

Parents and guardians in the school community have been advised by phone and email of plans to keep the school open for the day.


The Niagara Catholic District School Board, through the charisms of faith, social justice, support and leadership, nurtures an enriching Catholic learning community for all to reach their full potential and become living witnesses of Christ.