Monthly Archives: September 2019

Parish Update

Children’s Catechetical Program Religious education for Grades 1 – 8 Again this year the Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate will offer a children’s religious education program, on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Church Hall, starting October 3, 2019. The program is open to students in non-Catholic schools, as well as Catholic schools. Please contact Sr. Bernadette at srbernadette@solisisters.ca to register or to inquire about the program. The registration form is also available from our parish website under “youth”

Our Children’s Liturgy program is offered at both 9:00 am Mass and 11:00 am Mass. At the beginning of Mass children will be invited to come forward to follow the leader downstairs to our Children’s Liturgy room. At the offertory, the children will return upstairs and sit as a group in the front pews for the remainder of Mass. (no registration required). ADULT VOLUNTEERS to assist with this program would be greatly appreciated. More hands make for less work. Please contact the parish office if you can help.

St. Ambrose Parish has committed to participate in the 40 Days For Life Prayer Vigil by covering every Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. starting Friday, September 27th and ending on November 1st (All Souls Day). The Vigil is held directly across the street from the Freeport Hospital, 3570 King Street East, Kitchener. Also, you are also welcome to attend the Prayer Vigil at anytime between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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Important Message re: Ongoing Labour Negotiations – CUPE

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you may be aware from media reports, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), representing education workers across the province, has announced plans to begin a province-wide “Work-to-Rule’ campaign beginning on Monday, September 30, 2019.

We are aware that bargaining between the union and government is planned to continue throughout the weekend. We respect collective bargaining and are hopeful that a freely negotiated agreement will be reached soon.

Regardless of the outcome of this weekend’s bargaining, all of our schools will remain open, and CUPE staff will report to work as usual. Student instruction will continue in our classrooms and, as always, the safety and well-being of students will continue to be our top priority.

As a Catholic school board, we value all of our staff as dedicated, caring professionals, and we respect labour laws that affirm the legal rights of our unionized employee groups to engage in job actions. We know that all sides are working hard to reach agreements, and we are hopeful that a new central agreement will soon be reached with our CUPE education workers.

Where to Find Information Updates

As new information becomes available it will be posted to the WCDSB website at: https://www.wcdsb.ca/about-us/labour-updates/

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of uncertainty.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which WCDSB employees are represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees?

A: The following WCDSB positions are represented by CUPE:

  • Education Assistants
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Child and Youth Care Workers
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Lunch Hour Supervisors
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Payroll and Accounting Associates
  • Computer Technicians
  • Library Technicians
  • Communicative Disorders Assistants

Q: What does “work to rule” mean?

A:  CUPE has indicated that they are planning to withdraw specific services that they would normally perform.  Employees represented by CUPE provide many important services within our schools and board, and despite our best efforts the withdrawal of these services will cause some disruption. We will not be able to completely eliminate all impacts. Despite the impact of the withdrawal of services, we know that our schools will remain welcoming Christ centred environments.

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Thanksgiving Food Drive!

September 27th, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The fall weather is almost upon us. This means that Thanksgiving and Christmas are fast approaching. Each year, Holy Spirit participates in an annual Food Drive on behalf of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Ambrose Parish.

Last year, with your assistance, they were able to make over 500 house calls and at Christmas, they delivered 80 baskets of food to needy families.

We are once again asking for your support with regards to this food drive. Any non-perishable food item is accepted and greatly appreciated, but the Food Bank has advised that they are especially low on these following items:

  • Canned tuna, salmon, sardines
  • Canned meat (ham, turkey, chicken and luncheon meat)
  • Pasta (macaroni & cheese, spaghetti and sidekicks)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Minute rice
  • Tins of beans
  • Jam, honey and peanut butter
  • Pancake mix & pancake syrup
  • Apple & tomato juice
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Hamburger helper
  • Baby food
  • Cereal-especially Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes
  • Shampoo, hand soap & toothpaste.

If you are able to assist in this worthy cause, please send your item(s) to school with your child between Wednesday, October 2nd and Thursday, October 10th.

Thank you,

The Student Leadership Team at Holy Spirit School.

Please click on the link below for more information about our Thanksgiving Food Drive!

Holy Spirit Thanksgiving Food Drive

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Parish Updates!

Sunday, September 22 at 11am Mass Our parish will welcome Bishop Crosby for the formal installation of Fr. Mikulski as Pastor of St. Ambrose.  Please join us for this auspicious occasion.

NEW ALTAR SERVERS – invitation to join this Ministry Children in grades 3 to 6 are invited to become altar servers to assist with Masses and special celebrations.  Please meet Father Mikulski in the Church on Friday, Sept. 27 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.  If you have questions, please contact Fr. Mikulski at 226-868-0613 or see him after Mass.

First Communion and Reconciliation candidates, with their parents, are asked to attend Mass and stay for a brief meeting afterwards, on Saturday, September 28 at 5pm Mass; OR Sunday, September 29 at either the 9am or 11am Mass.   Details about the Sacramental preparation program will be provided at this meeting.  Cost of the workbook set is $25.00.

CAMBRIDGE RIGHT TO LIFE    40TH ANNUAL WALK FOR LIFE Saturday, September 28, 2019 The Galt Legion (4 Veterans Way) Registration: 9:30 am and Walk: 10 am – 12 Noon

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Today is the Big Day – Meet the Teacher Food Truck Night!!

Join us TODAY from 4:30 until 7:30 pm for Holy Spirit’s first ever FOOD TRUCK night! While you’re here, pop by your classroom anytime between 6 and 7 pm to meet the teachers and show off your classroom to your family! Grade 2 families, don’t forget Father Mikulski will be here from 5:30-6:00 to speak about First Holy Communion.

Trucks joining us for the night are Breakfast Blues and BBQs, SWAT (Sandwiches with a Twist), Kono Pizza, and Beaver Tails (nut-free for our event).

A portion of all sales from each truck will be returned to our Holy Spirit School Council and used towards events in the upcoming school year.

Some quick reminders:

Our drinks tent is cash only. 

Food trucks all have debit machines. 

BYO-Blanket for a picnic. 

Refreshments will be sold for $1 at the School Council Tent – come on by and meet some friendly folks working within our school community to make the 2019-2020 year a MIGHTY one!

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Kindergarten Drop Off Reminder

Kindergarten Families,

You may notice the Kindergarten area is busy with students and Educators beginning around 8:30 am each morning. All students in the gated area during this time are in the paid Morning Care program. This program adheres to a set student to Early Childhood Educator ratio.

Keeping that in mind, we would like to inform families that supervision for Kindergarten students begins at 8:45 am in the gated area. At that time, students are welcome to enter the gated area and begin their school day.

Thank you

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Welcome BBQ – Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Join us Tuesday, September 17th from 4:30 until 7:30 pm for Holy Spirit’s first ever FOOD TRUCK night! While you’re here, pop by your classroom anytime between 6 and 7 pm to meet the teachers and show off your classroom to your family! Grade 2 families, don’t forget Father Mikulski will be here from 5:30-6:00 to speak about First Holy Communion.

Trucks joining us for the night are Breakfast Blues and BBQs, SWAT (Sandwiches with a Twist), Kono Pizza, and Beaver Tails (nut-free for our event).

A portion of all sales from each truck will be returned to our Holy Spirit School Council and used towards events in the upcoming school year.

Refreshments will be sold for $1 at the School Council Tent – come on by and meet some friendly folks working within our school community to make the 2019-2020 year a MIGHTY one!

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Volunteer Procedures

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year! Thank you for your commitment to volunteering at Holy Spirit CES.

If you completed a Police Vulnerable Sector Check last year then you do not have to complete it again. Instead, please fill out the attached offence declaration form and send it back to the school. The offence declaration form will need to be checked off each year and sent back to the  school. Failure to do so will void the Police Vulnerable Sector Check.

For those who have not yet completed a Police Vulnerable Sector Check and wish to volunteer at Holy Spirit in any capacity,  please see the attachment explaining the details on obtaining your Police Vulnerable Sector Check.

Holy Spirit Volunteer Letter – Police Check

Holy Spirit Volunteer Offence Declaration

Thank You

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“Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat Opportunity – Parents/Guardians

WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat Opportunity for Parents/Guardian

Our Board’s theme for this year is: Called to Belong!  The experience will be facilitated by Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R., the Spiritual Animator for the Board.  Come and discover more about the spiritual journey upon which our staff and students have embarked.  All are welcome to come and learn and pray around the awesome mystery of God’s universal love!

You may join us at the location that is most convenient to you.  All retreats begin at 7:00 p.m. and are 2 hours in length. Please sign up at this link:

“Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat”. Light Refreshments will be served.

Cambridge – Wednesday September 25th –  St. Mary of the Visitation Parish (16 Cooper St, Cambridge, ON)

Waterloo –  Thursday September 26th – St. Michael Parish (80 University Ave W, Waterloo)

Kitchener – Wednesday October 9th – St. Anthony Daniel Parish (29 Midland Dr, Kitchener, ON)

Called to Belong

“All are one in Christ Jesus.” Gal. 3:28

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