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2010-2012 Spiritual Theme

ocsb-spiritual-logo-2010The Spiritual Theme for the 2010-2012 school years "Though many...we are one body in Christ." By fostering a spirit of equity and inclusivity and the call to strengthen unity within our Catholic community, this theme allowed us to explore the many gifts of our wider community and the key elements of Catholic character formation. Based on 1 Corinthians 12, it was an exciting chance for our Board community to celebrate our diversity and the unity that we have in our faith in Christ. This scripture passage gave us a wonderful palette on which to explore the many talents and needs of a community.

In 1 Corinthians 12, St. Paul recognized that it was the Holy Spirit that provided each person with a variety of gifts. These gifts were to be directed to the unity of the community. Together we then make up one body in Christ. There was a direct connection from this theme to the virtues in our Catholic Character Formation. Faith, love, community, justice, dignity of the person,  and excellence --- and this theme also aligned perfectly with the Ontario Ministry of Education's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy which aims to reduce discrimination and embrace diversity in all schools.

Spiritual Theme songs

2013-14 School year

Hear Our Prayer

The singer is Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School student, Bernice Reyes. Guitar - Michael Hamer; Harp - Roisin Philippe; Bass Guitar - Neil Bateman; Engineer -  Steve Foley; Music and lyrics - Janet Bentham. Thanks to Kathleen Logan for the arrangement and for helping with production and Audiovalley Studios who did the recording.

2012-13 School year

Works of Mercy

Read the Transcript / Sheet Music

The singers are Notre Dame graduate Ivan Amor and Immaculata Grade 12 student, Kyle Ivanich. Music and lyrics - Janet Bentham. Thanks to Kathleen Logan for helping with production and Liverpool Court Studios who did the recording.

The Unity Cross

OCSB Unity CrossA remarkable handcrafted Unity Cross was made by one of our Chaplaincy 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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2008-2010 Spiritual Theme

OCSB Spiritual Theme 2008-2010 We Care for God's CreationThe Spiritual Theme for the 2008-2010 school years "We Care for God's Creation" was embraced by our school and greater community with tremendous success. In keeping with the Gospel value of Stewardship of Creation, this theme included the elements of sacredness of creation, the value of human life, wellness, care for the environment, and global awareness.

This theme also formed a bridge to the previous theme "Who is My Neighbour?" Jesus calls us to open our lives to all who need our love and care across the globe. For instance, those most affected by global warming will be the people of Africa and low-lying parts of Asia like Bangladesh.

Part of our responsibility for environmental education includes modelling environmentally sound practices in our facilities and operations. These practices are outlined in a Report of the Working Group on Environmental Education, endorsed by the Ministry of Education. Our students and staff continue to be actively engaged in activities that demonstrate care for Creation including the environment, the welfare of others, and personal wellness.

2006-2008 Spiritual Theme

OCSB Spiritual Theme 2006-2008 Who Is My Neighbour?Just then an expert in the law stood up to test Him, saying, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "What is written in the law?" he asked him. "How do you read it?" He answered: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself."  "You've answered correctly," Jesus told him. "Do this and you will live." But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbour?"  

From the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37
In today's society, we often do not know our neighbours very well. In Jesus' time, and in many cultures, neighbours were friends who looked out for each other, helping each other. With the Parable of The Good Samaritan, Jesus pushes our understanding of our neighbour even further. Our spiritual theme for the 2006-2008 school years "Who is My Neighbour?" challenged our school community to re-define "neighbour" by opening our hearts to a much deeper understanding. Our neighbours are the needy in our community, our world, the sick, the elderly, the homeless, the lonely. Jesus calls us to open our lives to all who need our love and care.