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School Life

Faith Formation

Holy Cross School is blessed to have a dedicated educational team who is focused on providing the best possible quality of Catholic education to all students who attend. Many students attend Holy Cross School who do not follow the Catholic faith, but do benefit from the sense of community present at the school and dedication to a quality education in a safe, caring environment.

Holy Cross Parish

Holy Cross Parish was established in 1922 and is the first established English-speaking church in St. Boniface, Man. Due to the growing number of English-speaking Catholic families within the Parish and community, Holy Cross Parish was instrumental in establishing a Parochial school in 1925. Holy Cross School receives the guidance of Pastor Fr. Peter Krasuski, PSS of Holy Cross Parish. His dedication to the education of students at the school is focused first and foremost on the well-being of the child and building a foundation of the teachings of Christ in their daily lives.

To learn more about the parish, visit: www.holycrossparish.ca.

Chapel

The newly dedicated chapel at Holy Cross School is a quiet place for students, staff and parents to go to for contemplation and prayer. The Chapel is located upstairs above the staff room and is accessible to all at any time during the day.

Religious Coordinator

Mr. Madden is the Religious Coordinator of Holy Cross School and the Youth Coordinator of Holy Cross Parish. This role helps develop the Catholic faith in a school environment and involves students in the liturgy of the church.

Students are encouraged to learn about and practice their faith by attending mass, liturgy services, retreats, praise and worship music and participating in activities based on the liturgical seasons of the year.

Religious Staff

All teachers at Holy Cross are involved in the religious education of all students, either through example and/or by teaching. Students from Kindergarten through Grade 6 are taught Religion by their respective homeroom teachers. Mr. Ciric teaches Religion to Grade 7 and 8 students, while Mr. Madden assists with Liturgy and Music.

School Masses

Every month, Holy Cross School gathers in a school-wide Mass at Holy Cross Church. Masses occur at several points throughout the Liturgical Year and several feast days are celebrated, such as the Feast of the Holy Cross in September to begin the school year, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day, the Season of Advent, the Season of Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and the end of the school year. These celebrations vary from a Eucharistic Liturgy to a Liturgy of the Word.

Retreats

Students in Grades 7 and 8 each participate in retreats, which are based on the Religious Education Program. The retreats involve students in a liturgical celebration, as well as in discussion and consideration of their relationship with God, their families and each other.

Grade 7 Retreat

At the start of each school year, Grade 7 Students participate in a one-day retreat held at St. Boniface Cathedral. During this summit, students develop a further understanding and appreciation of their faith and are given the opportunity to consider their own personal and moral development. Students also are encouraged to use this time to get to know each other further and develop a sense of community.

Grade 8 Retreat

Each June, Grade 8 Students participate in a two-day retreat held in St. Malo, Man. This trip aims to solidify students’ faith as they prepare for a new journey in life: high school. The retreat is also designed to allow students to meet together in prayer as well as discussion and consideration of their relationship with God and others.

Reconciliation Services

Students in Grade 3 to 8 are involved in reconciliation services at least twice during the school year. Usually these services are organized during the seasons of Advent and Lent. Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2 students participate in a celebration of their own based on the religious event(s) of the season.

Catholic School Week

This is a special week highlighting the importance of Catholic education. The school organizes special activities focusing on community building and faith formation.

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