2021 District Opening Mass
On August 27, Calgary Catholic School District trustees, administrators and staff came together virtually for the district’s annual Opening Mass to reaffirm and expand their faith. The Most Reverend Bishop McGrattan presided over the online celebration pre-recorded at St. Michael Catholic Community while Board Chair Mary Martin and Chief Superintendent Dr. Bryan Szumlas shared closing remarks of faith, hope and love. This school year, we continue our exploration of our rich three-year faith theme, focusing on the second part: “Faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13).
As this day is also the memorial of St. Monica (mother of St. Augustine), her feast day was also celebrated and woven into the messages from Bishop McGrattan. In his homily, the Bishop reminds us that in Catholic education, “It’s not so much what we teach as how we teach it.” St. Monica instilled in her son a great example, a witness that teachers and all staff can aspire to. She often mentioned to St. Augustine that “the love of Christ must always urge us on.” As we continue building Calgary Catholic Together, we can start the new school year full of optimism and secure in the knowledge that we are resilient and can overcome any obstacles that may lie ahead.
Last school year was an extraordinary one, but one personified by faith hope and love. Together, we managed to stay strong through our faith, overcoming our fears; united in our hope to inspire and believe in each other and our students; and being selfless, loving witnesses of Christ to those in our communities. As we prepare for the journey of a new school year, in addition to being guided by our faith, we are also called to give our very best every day to those we serve.
You can watch the Opening Mass below.