Monthly Archives: September 2019

Parish Update

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.

 

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.

 

Orange Shirt Day: Monday, September 30, 2019

Orange shirt day is an annual event that started in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Residential school system for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. It is a show of support and understanding of the history of the school system that impacts many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today.

The phrase “Every Child Matters” reminds everyone that children are such an important and integral part of our communities and that they are our future generations of change makers. By wearing an orange shirt, we have an opportunity to bring awareness to the history of residential schools and to stand up against other injustices that may impact our children students.

Let’s show our support and wear an Orange Shirt on Sept. 30th.

Retreat Cancelled

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for the WCDSB “Called to Belong” Twilight Retreat.  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the dates below will be cancelled until further notice:

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)

Thank you for your understanding.

 

Friday Sept 20: PD Day

Don’t forget Tigers! Tomorrow, Friday September 20 is a PD Day. There will be no school for students. See you on Monday!

 

Forms on School Cash online

If you have not yet completed the forms on school cashonline please do so by Monday Sept 23 rd.

Thank you

News from St. Ambrose Parish

 

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

Picture Day

Just a reminder that picture day is Monday Sept 16, 2019 please bring your smiles…

Lunchbox orders

Once again St Vincent de Paul will be having hot lunch days on Wednesdays and Milk on Monday-Friday.  This can be ordered thru lunchboxorders.com  it will open on Sept 16th for you to purchase milk with start on Monday Sept 23rd and hot lunches Sept 25th…  This program is not our pizza program pizza can be purchased on school cashonline and our first pizza day is Friday Sept 27th, 2019.  Pizza is now open on School cashonline and closes on Sept 17 pizza is to be purchased this round for Sept, Oct and two weeks in November.