Monday May 6th to Friday May 10th is Catholic Education Week and Mental Health Week across Alberta. This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is Rejoice and be Glad. As the Archbishops of Alberta and NWT have outlined in their pastoral letter, this theme is inspired by Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation which speaks to the call to holiness in our world. The following is an excerpt, “You need to see the entirety of your life as a mission. Try to do so by listening to God in prayer and recognizing the signs that he gives you life.” This Catholic Education Week, we encourage everyone to spend time reflecting on your life path, and spend time in silent prayer listening for the signs of God’s influence on your life.
“Catholic Education Week is a time for us all to reflect on our own personal relationships with God and the profound impact of Catholic education has had in our school communities. In Alberta, we are blessed to have the opportunity to educate the whole child in mind, body and spirit,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin. “I encourage everyone to follow this week’s theme and truly rejoice and be glad, for we are truly blessed.”
HFCRD encourages everyone to use the hashtag #IBelieveinCatholicEd online when posting on social media this week.
Mental Health Week is hosted annually by the Canadian Mental Health Association and focuses on reducing the stigma of mental illness and promoting good mental health for all Canadians. The 2019 campaign message is “Get loud about what mental health really is,” which encourages Canadians to get loud because one in five Canadians live with mental health problems, mental illness or addition.
“Everyone has mental health, just like we all have physical health. As a society, we must work together to end the stigma,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin. “I commend all HFCRD staff for their important work in ending the stigma, and in promoting strategies to students that help them be more mindful of their mental health on a daily basis.”