Our Faith

Notre Dame School is a family of faith, dedicated to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and living, loving, and learning together in relationship with God.

Catechetical Education infuses and permeates all we do, including classroom prayer tables, school masses, monthly virtues assemblies, and youth ministry programs. But more importantly, our school welcomes all people with love and kindness through the example and teachings of Jesus.

Notre Dame School offers the Born of the Spirit Catechetical Education program for all students in grades one to six. In addition, Catholic faith based education is offered in kindergarten and pre-school. For more resources, click here to visit our STAR Catholic Faith page.

Our Lady

Our Name Sake

Notre Dame “Our Lady” is in memorial to the mother of Jesus, Mary. “The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship. The Church rightly honours the Blessed Virgin. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of “Mother of God”, to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #971).

At Notre Dame School we honour our Blessed Mother several times a year through October (Month of the Rosary), celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12), and in May (Month of Mary).

The title Our Lady of Guadalupe is given to Mary for the Americas as the Patroness of the Americas.

Sacraments

Notre Dame School offers support for the sacramental preparation of St. Michael’s parish. The sacraments are a doorway to meet Jesus, and we believe that students should have the opportunity to encounter Christ in the sacraments. Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion, and First Reconciliation are available through St. Michael’s parish. Currently, Notre Dame offers supports for students on their faith journey through the School of Virtues program, announcements of upcoming sacramental preparation events, and the Edge youth ministry program for grade five and six students.

For more information on receiving the sacraments, please click here for our home parish, St. Michael.

 

Sacramental Preparation at St. Michael’s Parish 2017-2018:

 Congratulations to all students who received Sacraments this past school year! 

First Reconciliation Classes :

Grades 2 & 3

  • Registration meeting for First Reconciliation/Confession/Penance classes will take place on the following dates on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm at St. Michael's Church. This first meeting is for parents only.
  • The other classes are:
    • October 11
    • October 18
    • October 25
  • Children must celebrate First Reconciliation/Confession/Penance before they make their First Communion. These classes are for children in grades 2 & 3 ONLY .

First Communion Classes 

  • Registration Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6:30pm for Parents/Guardians ONLY at St. Benedict's School
  • Children's classes are @ 6:30pm at St. Michael's Parish on:
    • Wednesday, May 2, 2018
    • Wednesday, May 9, 2018
    • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Children must complete FIRST RECONCILIATION (also called Confession or Penance) before taking First Communion classes.
  • First Communion will be celebrated on June 3, 2018 at 1:30pm

For more information, please contact  the Parish Office: 780-986-3253

Confirmation Classes : 

Grades 6 and Older

  • Registration will take place Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:30pm at Notre Dame School
  • The other classes will take place at 6:30pm at St. Michael's Parish on the following dates:
    • Wednesday, April 4, 2018
    • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    • Wednesday, April 25, 2018
  • Candidates are also required to take part in a Sunday Retreat on May 12, 2018 at Father Leduc School and complete 10 hours of service work.
  • Penitential Service is May 23, 2018, which will be followed by rehearsal for the Confirmation Ceremony. All candidates must attend.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated with children who are in Grade 6 or older, and who have already celebrated their First Reconciliation and First Communion.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children: 

  • Available to all young people between the ages of 7 to 15, who have the desire to join the Catholic faith.
  • Group meets Wednesday's at 5:30pm at St. Michael's Parish.
  • Please call Jeanne at 780-986-3253 for more information.

 

 

Religious Instruction

To be a catechist is a holy and noble vocation. Before children observe and study anything else, they observe and study their teachers. Thus, in religious instruction, the teacher becomes a living example for the children, and as such is called upon to be a model of faith.

At Notre Dame, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. Teachers at Notre Dame create a welcoming and nurturing environment where they and their children can enter more deeply into relationship with God. Along with the entire Christina community, they learn and grow in their faith.

Footnote: Born of The Spirit Series Year 5 p. 12

Monthly Masses

Fr. Silvichan welcoming students to our First Mass of the 2017-2018 school year.

Fr. Silvichan welcoming students to our First Mass of the 2017-2018 school year.

We love Jesus at Notre Dame. We gather as a community because we believe that we are the body of Christ and we come together to receive what we are: the Eucharist.

We celebrate masses and celebrations throughout the year. Each classroom has the opportunity to share in the divine liturgy by preparing a mass each year. Come out and join us!

 

 

St. Michael's Parish

Notre Dame School works in close connection with St. Michael’s Parish in Leduc. Student visit St. Michael’s for classroom fieldtrips, attend mass twice at year at the parish, participate in youth ministry programs, and prepare for the sacraments with Father Leo Hofman and Linda Boire, pastoral associate.

We value our connection with St. Michael’s as we believe a strong connection with the local church is vital in our faith based education here at Notre Dame. We believe the church grows and learns together and that it is more than a building but a group of people in relationship with Jesus, loving and serving others.

Parish Website