If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well: keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. (James 2:16-18)
This rich quote from the letter of James reminded the early Christian community that it was through their works and actions that their faith was best lived. And so it is now for us in the Ottawa Catholic School Board community.
This parable also connects us to the lives of saints and role models in the Catholic school community, i.e. St. Brother André, Mother Teresa and Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. It is a starting place for charitable projects and activities in schools such as partnerships with the Shepherds of Good Hope, Development and Peace, Free the Children, Chalice, etc. And, as a connection to the legacy of Catholic education and its contributions in the city of Ottawa and the province of Ontario, it is testimony that our faith and learning coincide.
Stay tuned to this website to see how By Our Works We Show Our Faith.
A remarkable handcrafted Unity Cross was made by one of our Chapliancy leaders to complement our 2010-2012 Spiritual Theme. The Unity Cross travelled to an astounding 72 schools in our Board as a symbol of unity and diversity. The artwork depicts the stories of Pentecost, The Beatitudes and The Loaves and the Fishes. It also contained a slot at the back where people inserted their prayers which were offered up at liturgies across the Board community.
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Staff from across the Board gather each fall to celebrate Christian Community Day, an annual day of reflection. Over 3,000 teachers, administrators and support staff attended this past year's event. Stay tuned to our website for highlights from next year's event!
Purchase a compilation CD of all the Board’s spiritual theme songs, and the proceeds will go to support the Catholic Education Foundation of Ottawa (CEFO). The CD, entitled Though Many... features students, staff members, and the St. Bernard's choir singing the songs that Religious Education Coordinator Jan Bentham has composed over the past several years.