Dear Families,

And so we enter our most sacred time - the season of Easter.  Lent has been a time for alms, fasting and prayer.  As your children have shared with you there have been many faith-filled moments and projects that have deepened our understanding of sacrifice.  To date our schools are closing in on almost $1600.00 for the Chalice program - this is amazing.  More importantly is that deep understanding of sharing that each of our students has considered in a real way.  The devotion to prayer has also been sincere.  Classes continue to memorize The Apostle's Creed, our daily prayers and the Act of Contrition during our school wide reconciliation.  Lastly, all of us have made special efforts to fast from those destructive thoughts and acts that tear the loving fabric of our society.  In the coming days as we live the final passion of Jesus Christ, let us come together as a community to truly love and forgive as our savior taught us.

We welcome many of you to our schools during the month of April.  In addition to the liturgies and stations at each school we have many faith-focused events for our students.  If you review our calendar you will find Science Fairs, ECO assemblies, Dancefest, a Chess Tournament, Stuff the Bus, Tech days, Communion Retreat, Earth Day, the Rosary Program, and a Family Math Night for grades JK-2.  Wow!  the spirit is alive at St. Pat's and St. Columban Catholic Schools!

During the season of Lent many of our prayers were reflections on how we can best bring virtue into our everyday lives.  As a Catholic School Board virtue has been recognized by special recognition to our faithful members.  Each year an intermediate student is selected from each school for the Trustee's Award for Catholic Leadership.  This year we have chosen Jack Dixon for this award.  Jack lives his gospel values each day as he serves faithfully in our church, at our school and in his home.  Congratulations Jack, you are an inspiration to our community!  During Catholic Education week members of our community are also recognized with the Mother Teresa Faith in Action Award.  This award recognizes an adult in our community who has dedicated his/her time to parish, school, and community.  We are pleased to announce that our award winner for this year is Mr. Tony Pereira.  Congratulations Tony, sincere blessings for all that you do!

Wishing you the peace of Christ,

Mr. John McCarroll ,Principal,

St.Patrick's & St. Columban Schools











The best gift we can give to any child is to make that child feel wanted, loved and cared for because that child is the greatest gift of God." Mother Teresa