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Cardinal Thomas Collins and GTA Catholics Celebrate Catholic Education Week
Special Events, Virtual Chats & Spiritual Celebrations Among Highlights

TORONTO (May 2, 2012) – Catholic schools and churches throughout the Greater Toronto Area are gearing up for Catholic Education Week, a province-wide celebration taking place May 6-11, highlighting the significant contributions of Catholic education over the last 160 years. Cardinal Thomas Collins will mark the occasion by traveling extensively throughout the Archdiocese, joining parents, educators, clergy and students for special events taking place in six Catholic school boards within the Archdiocese of Toronto.

“The tradition of education inspired by our faith is alive and well in the English and French Catholic school boards of our diocese,” said Cardinal Collins, who was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI last week to the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education. “As important partners in the parish-school-home triad, Catholic schools prepare our young people for a life of positive, productive faith-filled service to all those they meet along the way. Catholic Education Week is an ideal opportunity to proudly celebrate the important contributions made every year by 300,000 students in more than 500 Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Toronto.”

More than 200 local Catholic churches will also celebrate Catholic Education Week with special announcements and prayers on May 5/6, with many clergy participating in activities throughout the week. The following is a list of events in which Cardinal Collins will be involved leading up to, and during, Catholic Education Week.

Wednesday, May 2 (9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) – Toronto Catholic District School Board Witness to Faith Symposium – more than 500 parents, students, educators and clergy in attendance – Montecassino Banquet Hall (3710 Chesswood Drive, Toronto)

Friday, May 4 (10:30 a.m.) Mass at “Tent City” event – Martyrs’ Shrine, Midland – 250 students/teachers from Toronto, Dufferin-Peel, Durham, Simcoe English school boards and Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud – participants will wrap up an overnight service project in solidarity with the homeless by celebrating Mass with Cardinal Collins.
(1:30 p.m.) Mass at Our Lady of the Airways Church (7411 Darcel Ave., Mississauga) with students and staff from Holy Cross School, Malton (Cardinal Collins Skyped with Grade 3 students from Rome this February on the eve of his elevation to the College of Cardinals)

Saturday, May 5 (9 a.m.) Mass at All Saints High School, Whitby (3001 Country Lane, Whitby) – Annual Conference of Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education

Sunday, May 6 (11 a.m.) Mass at Christ the King Cathedral, Hamilton

Monday, May 7 – Cardinal Collins will answer questions via Skype with students.
(11 a.m.) Skype with elementary students at The Good Shepherd Catholic School, Barrie
(1:30 p.m.) Skype with Jean Vanier Secondary & St. Albert Elementary schools, Scarborough
(2 p.m.) Skype with Blessed Cardinal Newman Secondary & St. Theresa Shrine Elementary schools, Toronto
(4:30 p.m.) Mass at Holy Family Parish, Whitby, for employees of Durham Catholic District School Board

Tuesday, May 8 (2 p.m.) Mass at Our Lady of Fatima School, Woodbridge, York Catholic District School Board

Wednesday, May 9 (10 a.m.) Mary Phelan School, Guelph – Cardinal Collins will meet students
(12 p.m.) Our Lady of Lourdes H/S, Guelph – the Cardinal will receive a National Leadership Award

Friday, May 11 (10 a.m.) Mass at St. Marcellinus High School, Mississauga – Board-wide Mass for Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board with representatives from more than 26 secondary schools (outdoor Mass)

Note: Social media hashtag for Catholic Education Week activities: #CathEdWk



Neil MacCarthy
Director, Public Relations & Communications – Archdiocese of Toronto
Phone (416) 934-3400 x 552
Cell: (416) 879-2846

Bill Steinburg
Communications Manager – Archdiocese of Toronto
Phone (416) 934-3400 x 558
Cell: (416) 708-9655


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