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Bishop Barron
When Your Faith Is Put to the Test - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
02/25/2024
Friends, we come now to the Second Sunday of Lent, and we’re on both dangerous and very holy ground with the first reading from the twenty-second chapter of Genesis. The ancient Israelites referred to it as the “Akedah,” which means the “binding”
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Volleyball
Titans Secure GHAC Volleyball Semifinal Win
02/23/2024
It’s been volleyball, more volleyball and a lot of travel recently for several members of the Bishop Tonnos Titans. ​ After winning the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic senior girls’ high school volleyball championship last Thursday over the St. Thomas More Knights, a group of Tonnos players headed off for President’s Day recruiting tournaments in the United States.
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Hockey
Resilient Knights Claim Championship after Hard-fought Season
02/23/2024
With all the pressure squarely on their shoulders, the St. Thomas More Knights scored a late goal to win the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic boys’ high school hockey championship Thursday. The second-place Knights took the 2023-24 title with a 3-2 decision over the sixth-place St. John Henry Newman Cardinals at Morgan Firestone Arena.
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Knights' Championship Hopes Dashed by Celtics' Strong Performance
02/23/2024
The visitors spoiled a possible 25th anniversary celebration for the St. Thomas More Knights. It was 1999 that St. Thomas More won its first Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic girls’ high school hockey championship. On Wednesday, after finishing the 2023-24 regular season in first place and advancing in the playoffs, More was vying for the title again.
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Former HWCDSB student Josh Omojafo Lands Coveted Spot on Bevo Francis Top 50 Watch List
02/22/2024
Josh Omojafo, a former student of HWCDSB, continues to make waves in collegiate basketball. The sophomore at Gannon University has recently secured a place on the Clarence "Bevo" Francis Top 50 Watch List, a significant achievement in the world of collegiate basketball, a testament to his exceptional performance on the court.
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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
02/22/2024
The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board stands in solidarity on February 22nd as we observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, condemning the exploitation of individuals, particularly the most vulnerable among us.
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HWCDSB Students Go Green at the Hamilton Public Library
02/22/2024
Earlier this month, Junior and Intermediate Gifted students enjoyed a day at the Hamilton Public Library’s Valley Park branch. Located near the world-famous Bruce Trail, students learned about the history and geography of the Bruce Trail.
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Wrestling
Wrestlers Gear Up for GHAC Championships After City Showdown
02/21/2024
The sport of wrestling is gaining a foothold again in Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic high schools. This year’s city championship tournament was held for the first time ever at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School and organizers point to signs of renewed interest. Stefanie West, wrestling coach at More, estimated the event attracted 140 athletes.
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Brebeuf Braves Crowned Champions! Coach Jae Dunphy's Haircut Promise Comes to Fruition
02/18/2024
Brebeuf coach Jae Dunphy’s first thought after winning the 2023-24 senior boys’ high school basketball championship was about getting a haircut. It’s one he says isn’t particularly necessary or wanted at this time. “At one of our practices around Christmas when we were 2-5,” Dunphy explained, “one of our players who is an aspiring barber (Stifan Markos) said, ‘Sir, if we win the championship can we cut your hair?’
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Are Your Soul and Body at War? - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
02/18/2024
Friends, we come now to the holy season of Lent. The Gospel for this First Sunday of Lent is Mark’s laconic version of the temptation of Jesus in the desert. Mark does not give us the details we find in Matthew and Luke, but we do hear this mysterious observation: “He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him.” We are given here a kind of icon of the union of the spiritual and the material...
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Interview
Students share how Bulldogs’ snack program helps them learn
02/17/2024
Bulldogs Foundation program “Facing Off Against Hunger” continues. CHCH's Louie Butko catches up with students at St. David Catholic Elementary School in Hamilton, who share why the snack program is so important to their personal success.
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Hockey
Underdog Cardinals Soar! Defeat Celtics in Overtime Upset
02/16/2024
The Cardiac Cardinals are at it again. In almost a carbon copy of their thrilling playoff-opening victory earlier this week, the last-place St. John Henry Newman Cardinals rallied in the late stages to stun the first-place Bishop Ryan Celtics 3-2 in overtime at Morgan Firestone Arena Thursday.
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Volleyball
Tonnos Titans Spike Their Way to Another Title
02/16/2024
It’s back-to-back championships in senior girls’ high school volleyball for the Bishop Tonnos Titans. In a battle between two teams that finished with identical 13-1 records atop the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic standings this season, the Titans defeated the visiting St. Thomas More Knights 3-0 for the crown Thursday. Set scores were 25-11, 25-20, 25-11.
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Xhekaj family on the importance of breakfast programs in schools
02/16/2024
The importance of breakfast programs in our schools HWCDSB, Chairperson Patrick Daly reflects on a quote he recently heard: 'Feeding children is not only about giving them food, but more importantly, about giving them hope.'
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Titans Shake Up Girls Hockey Playoffs with Strong Performance
02/15/2024
The ‘real’ Bishop Tonnos Titans girls’ high school hockey team showed up in the playoffs. During the regular schedule, the fourth-place Titans lost a pair of one-sided games against the first-place St. Thomas More Knights – 9-3 and 6-1.
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Basketball
Braves Dash Gael’s Title Hopes with Semifinal Victory
02/15/2024
For the second consecutive year the Cathedral Gaels have suffered a high school basketball semifinal loss on their home court. In 2022-2023, the visiting Bishop Ryan Celtics denied Cathedral a shot at the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic title and Wednesday the St. Jean de Brébeuf Braves did the same thing by walking away with a 62-54 victory.
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Lenten Message 2024
02/14/2024
Lent is upon us – a time to strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ and seek inner transformation through fasting, prayer, and acts of generosity. The Church assists us by providing many supports. Throughout Lent we are invited to participate in community celebration of the Holy Eucharist – on Sundays and at daily Mass during the week.
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Hockey
Newman Cardinals Stun Titans to Secure Playoff Victory!
02/14/2024
The St. John Henry Newman Cardinals are still alive in the boys’ high school hockey playoffs thanks to a last-gasp effort. Newman skaters crashed the net and scored the tying goal from a wild scramble in front with just 10.7 seconds remaining on the clock to send their quarter-final to a penalty shootout.
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Swimming
Swimmers Prepare to Make a Splash at OFSAA in Toronto
02/14/2024
Swimmers from six Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic high schools will be advancing to this year’s OFSAA swimming championships in Toronto. Representatives from St. John Henry Newman, St. Mary, Bishop Ryan, Bishop Tonnos, St. Thomas More and St. Jean de Brébeuf all bettered OFSAA qualifying times Tuesday.
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Erica Piotrowski and Clea Hastings Light Up the Ice with in Girls Hockey Doubleheader
02/13/2024
A girls’ high school hockey doubleheader at Morgan Firestone Arena saw two outstanding individual scoring performances Monday. It started with Erica Piotrowski of the St. John Henry Newman Cardinals who fired five goals in an 11-0 victory over the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves.
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Reaching Out to the Lepers - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
02/11/2024
Friends, this week, our Gospel is the marvelous passage from Mark about Jesus curing a leper. These moments of healing stayed so deeply in the imaginations of the first Christians. What do we make of this particular healing of a leper? Let’s look at it from three angles: life on the margins of society, the shame of our own sin, and the absence from right worship.
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PA Day Change for Total Solar Eclipse
02/10/2024
During the February 6th, 2024, Board Meeting, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board approved a change to the 2023-2024 School Year Calendars. The Professional Activity (P.A.) Day previously scheduled for all elementary and secondary schools on Friday, April 19th has been moved to Monday, April 8.
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March Break Camp 2024
02/09/2024
Grades 2-8 Monday, March 11, 2024 - Friday, March 15th, 2024 Come join us for a week of faith based activities focusing on self regulation, problem-solving tools and friendship skills! Facilitated by child and youth workers
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Basketball
Another Nail-biter in Basketball Quarter-finals - STM vs SJB
02/09/2024
Of course, the St. Thomas More Knights and St. Jean de Brébeuf Braves were involved in a closely-contested quarter-final high school basketball game. What else would you expect? During the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic regular-season schedule, More, Brébeuf and the Bishop Tonnos Titans each finished with an 8-6 record.
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Swimming
Celtics Dominate Swimming Championships Once Again
02/08/2024
For the third consecutive year the Bishop Ryan Celtics captured the team trophy at the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic high school swimming championships. However, in the opinion of St. Mary Crusaders coach Kathryn Newberry, the city final was a total success for her team.
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Supporting Seminarian Donovan: Grade Four Students Extend Prayers and Encouragement
02/08/2024
Grade four students at Our Lady of Hope School have extended their heartfelt support to Seminarian Donovan Trentin as he embarks on a transformative journey towards priesthood in Spain. The class recently crafted prayer cards for Donovan, who is currently immersed in his propaedeutic year at The Royal English College of St. Alban in Valladolid, Spain.
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Girls Hockey
Cardinals Epic Comeback Against Titans, Led by Erica Piotrowski
02/07/2024
Team captain Erica Piotrowski of the St. John Henry Newman Cardinals is a senior high school hockey player making up for lost time. “I tore my ACL (knee ligament) last season and wasn’t able to play,” the Grade 12 centre said. “And I didn’t play in Grade 9, either, because of COVID. So this is my second year.”
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Honouring Dedication: Mr. Vincent Lepore Receives the Benemerenti Medal
02/07/2024
Mr. Vincent Lepore, a dedicated Science teacher at Cathedral High School since the late 1980s, was recently honoured with the Benemerenti Medal for his exceptional service and contributions to Catholic education and the community.
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St. Mary's DREAMS 25th Anniversary Celebration
02/07/2024
Join St. Mary Catholic Secondary School at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 715 Centre Road in Waterdown on Friday evening, May 3rd, in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of St. Mary's DREAMS.
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Basketball
Star Quarterback Shines on the Basketball Court for Newman
02/05/2024
The star quarterback of St. John Henry Newman’s senior high school football team also realizes the importance of defence whenever he plays basketball for the Cardinals. Lucas Barresi is a starting power forward on the court who handles much of the grunt work under the basket.
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National Catholic Health Care Week
National Catholic Health Care Week
02/04/2024
The fifth annual National Catholic Health Care Week will take place from Sunday, February 4 to Saturday, February 10, 2024. National Catholic Health Care Week leads into The World Day of the Sick on February 11, a Catholic day of observance established by Pope John Paul II to encourage prayers and reflections for those who are ill and for all those who care for them.
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Bishop Barron
Pray, Serve, Evangelize - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
02/04/2024
Friends, the Gospel of Mark is a fascinating literary work. St. Mark seems to write in a breathless, staccato, even primitive manner, but the deeper you look, the more his Gospel appears iconic. He presents scene after scene in a very concentrated way, telling us some rather deep truths about the faith...
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HWCDSB United Way employee campaign highlights “the power of one”
02/02/2024
As many individuals, families and organizations continue to face unimaginable challenges, programs and services supported by the United Way of Halton & Hamilton are essential to help so many rebuild and recover. “Nothing Matters More” is not only the theme of our in-house employee campaign but the intended outcome of the United Way’s community campaign.
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Smoke Alarms Safeguard Kids in Every Home
02/01/2024
The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB) proudly stands behind the 2024 HFD Fire Safety First program initiated by the Hamilton Fire Department. Throughout February to June 2024, our schools will contribute to community safety by sharing monthly fire safety messages.
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The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board celebrates African Canadian Heritage during Black History Month in February
02/01/2024
February signifies Black History Month, a period dedicated to honouring and celebrating the enormous achievements and contributions of Black Canadians—both past and present.
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Harmony in Faith: Bishop Ryan Students Achieve 2nd Place in CBC Music Class Challenge
01/30/2024
Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School's music class has secured an impressive 2nd place in the CBC Music Class Challenge, a prestigious nationwide competition recognizing outstanding performances by music educators and their students. Organized annually by CBC Music and MusiCounts, the challenge invites music classes to select a Canadian song, teach it to their students, and submit a performance video for a chance at prizes and recognition.
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“Clothed in Christ... Thread His Love," a creation by St. Clare of Assisi CES, secured second place in the OCSTA Short Video Contest!
01/29/2024
In the fall of 2023, the Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association invited students to produce a video illustrating how the scriptural quote inspiring this year’s theme for Catholic Education Week is mirrored in our treatment and respect for one another: “If we love one another, God lives in us.” (1 John 4:12)
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Surrender to the Holy One - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
01/28/2024
Friends, the first reading from Deuteronomy today is of signal importance. Moses, speaking to the people before they enter the Promised Land, says, “A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for you from among your own kin; to him you shall listen.”
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Basketball
Brébeuf Braves' Winning Streak Fueled by Nsenda's Impressive Performance
01/27/2024
A couple of basketball imports from France are making their presence felt this season – one in the National Basketball Association and the other at St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School. Phenom Victor Wembanyama, the No. 1 overall NBA draft choice in 2023, plays for the San Antonio Spurs. At 7-foot-4, the 20-year-old is averaging ...
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Gaels Roar Back with 88-72 Win Over Titans
01/25/2024
By Larry Moko It was a "bounce back" game for the Cathedral Gaels. After being eliminated in the semifinal round of the Silver Fox high school basketball tournament Saturday, then suffering their first regular-season loss Tuesday against the St. John Henry Newman Cardinals, the Gaels' spirits needed a lift.
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Volleyball
Tiebreaker Tension – BT and STM Deadlocked at 12-1, Season Finale Will Decide First Place
01/25/2024
With one game remaining in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic senior girls’ high school volleyball schedule, first place is still up for grabs. The Bishop Tonnos Titans remained in contention for top spot in the eight-team standings with a 2-0 victory over the visiting St. Thomas More Knights on Tuesday.
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Flooding
Flood Watch – Watercourse Flooding
01/25/2024
Effective until Friday, January 26, 2024 – The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) is advising that water levels and flows in all area watercourses are expected to increase significantly, as a result of the rain and snowmelt forecasted for January 24 and 25. Localized watercourse flooding of low-lying areas that typically flood during higher water levels is expected.
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Entry to School Information Night
01/24/2024
Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 For families of children requiring specialized services entering Kindergarten in September 2024 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB) is excited to welcome your child to school in September 2024. Attend this virtual information night to learn how we can support families with children requiring special education services for their entry to school.
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From Gymnast to Field Hockey Star: Bishop Ryan's Addison Fletcher Scores $30,000 Scholarship
01/24/2024
Relative inexperience in the sport of field hockey hasn’t prevented Addison Fletcher of Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School from landing a scholarship to Roberts Wesleyan University in Rochester, N.Y. “I have committed to that school for field hockey and academics,” 17-year-old Fletcher said during signing celebrations in the BR gym Thursday. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
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Bell Let's Talk Day 2024
Bell Let's Talk Day
01/22/2024
The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board is a proud supporter of Bell Let’s Talk, a national awareness campaign dedicated to the promotion and support of mental health across Canada. Bell Let’s Talk promotes awareness, acceptance and action with a strategy built on anti-stigma, care and access, research, and workplace leadership.
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Listen to the Voice of God! - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
01/21/2024
Friends, though the book of Jonah is only a few pages long, there is something inexhaustible about it. It’s a biblical commonplace that God speaks ...
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St. Jean de Brebeuf and St. Mary Battle to a Tie
01/19/2024
Pulling their goaltender in favour of an extra attacker paid off for the St. Jean de Brebeuf boys' high school hockey team. With goalie Milo Beckman on the bench, and just 29.9 seconds remaining in the game, Dante Dos Santos scored from the slot to earn Brebeuf a 2-2 tie with the St. Mary Crusaders at Morgan Firestone Arena Wednesday.
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Bishop Ryan Celtics Redefine Award in Team Victory
01/16/2024
For the first time in the four-year history of Bishop Ryan Celtics’ Warrior of the Game award, an individual player didn’t win it. Instead, it went to every member of the squad.
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The Voice of Conscience - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
01/14/2024
Friends, we commence now with the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, and our first reading is one of my favorites in the Old Testament: the account, in the First Book of Samuel, of the call of Samuel, who as a young man hears the voice of the Lord for the first time...
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Basketball
Gaels Extend Undefeated Streak to Nine Games with 66-49 Win Over Celtics
01/13/2024
The first-place Cathedral Gaels pulled away in the fourth quarter against the visiting Bishop Ryan Celtics to extend their undefeated streak to nine games in Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic high school basketball. Cathedral, which held a narrow four-point lead early in the final eight minutes, dominated down the stretch for a 66-49 victory Thursday.
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Emotion Coaching Webinar for Parents and Caregivers
01/12/2024
The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is jointly offering a 90-minute Emotion Coaching webinar for parents and caregivers. This webinar aims to introduce participants to Emotion Coaching, a communication strategy that can rapidly calm the brain in just 60 seconds and enhance relationships.
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Precious Moments Boutique 2024
01/12/2024
Precious Moments Boutique has been serving our school communities for over twenty years helping students find that perfect outfit for milestones such as Graduation and First Holy Communion. We are currently seeking donations, especially little boys' suits.
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Hockey
League-Leading BT Stunned by SJB in 2-1 Upset
01/12/2024
Bishop Tonnos coach Paul Coyle had a feeling the boys’ high school hockey rematch between his Titans and the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves would be much more competitive than their Dec. 6 contest. And he was right.
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Veteran Guard Kevahn Taylor Leads Brebeuf to 61-43 Win Over Newman
01/11/2024
It was an encouraging start to the new year for the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves. The Brebeuf senior boys’ high school basketball team returned to action after the Christmas break with a 61-43 victory over the visiting St. John Henry Newman Cardinals on Tuesday.
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Routine Vaccine Clinics
01/11/2024
Book an appointment for routine school and childhood vaccinations. Appointments available for Students in grade 7 and 8 who are unable to receive their vaccinations ...
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Flooding
Flood Watch-Watercourse Flooding (Binbrook - NPCA)
01/10/2024
Effective until Monday, January 15th, 2024- The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) is advising that for Thursday, January 11th, 2024, there is a potential for flooding within the NPCA’s jurisdiction as it relates to the Niagara Peninsula, the southeastern portion of the City of Hamilton ...
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Flood Watch-Watercourse Flooding
01/08/2024
Effective until Friday, January 12, 2024 – The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) is advising that water levels and flows in all area watercourses are expected to increase significantly, as a result of the snow and rain forecasted for tomorrow (January 9).
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The King of All the World - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
01/07/2024
Friends, we come to the wonderful Feast of the Epiphany and the great account in the Gospel of Matthew of the journey of the three magi. This marvelous, puzzling story, which has so beguiled the poets, artists, and preachers over the centuries, bears a very profound theological truth, and it has to do with the relationship of the national and the transnational.
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Snow Days
Winter Watch - Weather Updates and School Closure Procedure
01/07/2024
As we gear up for the winter season, we want to share some essential information about how we handle inclement weather and potential bus and taxi cancellation and/or full school closures.
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Go to Joseph - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
12/31/2023
Friends, we come to the wonderful Feast of the Holy Family. Over the years on this feast day, I’ve certainly preached on the dynamics of the Holy Family, on Mary, and of course on the Lord, but I don't think I’ve ever focused on St. Joseph. Well, that ends today. Let’s look at four dimensions to the holiness of this greatest male saint in the history of the Church.
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He Will Rule Forever - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
12/24/2023
Friends, we come to the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, falling this year on the very day before Christmas. And today, the Church invites us in our readings to think about David.
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Advent
12/24/2023
This week we light the candle that symbolizes love. We rejoice in the endless love that God has for us, which is made apparent in the birth of his Son. We reflect on the good news of God's love brought to us from the angel Gabriel.
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Hockey
Bishop Ryan Celtics Stage Epic Comeback, Securing 3-2 Victory Over Newman Cardinals
12/22/2023
It was a come-from-behind victory by the Bishop Ryan Celtics and one player handled all their scoring. Down 2-0 to the St. John Henry Newman Cardinals at Valley Park Arena Wednesday, Bishop Ryan rallied for a 3-2 win thanks to a hat trick by left winger Ben Fox.
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Volleyball
STM Knights Break BT Titans' Undefeated Streak
12/22/2023
The Bishop Tonnos Titans senior girls’ volleyball team will be getting a present just in time for Christmas. That’s when setter Avaya Maga returns home from Richmond, B.C. where she’s been training – as one of six Grade 10-12 athletes from Ontario -- with Volleyball Canada’s National Excellence Program.
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"Exploring Emotional Milestones with Baby Sienna: A Roots of Empathy Journey"
12/21/2023
This month's theme in Roots of Empathy centers around the theme of Emotions—an infant's initial and, indeed, a universal language. Students experience a range of emotions in response to the baby; for instance, immense joy and pride when witnessing a first stand, and a sense of relief and pride when comforting the baby during moments of distress. The program provides students with opportunities to learn how to respond to a broad spectrum of feelings, specifically targeting the core emotions of sadness, anger, happiness, and fear.
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Lawyers Alumni Serve Legal Insight in STM's Lunchtime Law School
12/21/2023
A flavourful dose of jurisprudence took center stage at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School as STM Alumni and Hamilton-based Criminal Defence Lawyers, Alexandra and Cristina Valeri (Class of 2011), delivered a lunch-time presentation. The session, open to all STM students and backed by the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program, saw the Lawyer Alumni challenging students with Christmas-themed legal scenarios exploring Criminal Law and Charter Rights.
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Knights Maintain First Place with 9-3 Triumph Over Titans
12/20/2023
A shift of position from forward to defence hasn’t limited Sadie D’Angela’s effectiveness on the ice for the St. Thomas More Knights.
The Grade 11 student fired three goals Monday to lead More to a 9-3 victory over the Bishop Tonnos ...
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HE shoots, SHE scores! The “3 on 3” Daryl Mahler Memorial Challenge
12/19/2023
This past December 6th, forty-six Catholic elementary school hockey teams descended on the Mohawk 4 Ice Centre to compete in the “3 on 3” Daryl Mahler Memorial Challenge. Parents and spectators scrambled for parking spots as the lot was already packed before 7:30 am.
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Volleyball
From Hiatus to Triumph: Lisa Pauletto Guides Titans to Junior Boys' Volleyball Glory
12/19/2023
Lisa Pauletto’s return to volleyball coaching has been a smashing success. After an 11-year absence from the sport, the Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School teacher recently guided the Titans to a Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic junior boys’ high school volleyball championship.
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Immaculate Conception Senior Girls Flag Football Team's Promise Realized
12/19/2023
It all started with a promise. A promise few knew about. With a large number of girls attending tryouts hoping to make the Senior Girls Football team, it was evident this team was going to be full of potential. That was the easy part. The hard part was trying to decide from early on to select 12 girls.
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St. Mary Catholic Secondary School's Heartfelt Christmas Tradition
12/19/2023
In the winter of 2020, amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic, a beacon of compassion emerged at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School. Stephanie Hrynkiw, then a freshman, noticed a poster encouraging students to volunteer at St. Joseph's Villa, a local seniors' home. Little did she know, this simple prompt would give rise to a heartwarming Christmas initiative that has since become an integral part of the St. Mary community.
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The Voice of One Crying Out in the Desert - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
12/17/2023
Friends, for this Third Sunday of Advent, the Church asks us to focus on John the Baptist, who of course is one of the great Advent figures. It’s as though John stands on a kind of frontier or border: all of the human longing for God ...
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Newman's Redemption: Cardinals Soar Over Knights
12/15/2023
The difference in the play of Newman’s basketball team was like Knight and day. After a disappointing performance in their loss to the Cathedral Gaels two days earlier, the St. John Henry Newman Cardinals bounced back with an impressive 58-41 road victory over the St. Thomas More Knights Thursday. Entering the contest, both teams had 2-1 ...
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Catholic All-Stars Bring the Heat, but Public Board Prevails
12/14/2023
Action abounded at the Hamilton senior boys’ high school all-star volleyball game Wednesday. And one of the most ‘bounding’ players on the court represented the Catholic squad. Joshua Taylor of the Bishop Ryan Celtics was selected Player of the Game during the Public board’s 3-1 victory at Mohawk College.
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Titans Triumph: Senior Standouts Mullings, Dryden, and Saleh Drive 3-0 Record
12/13/2023
Some senior seniors have helped propel the Bishop Tonnos Titans to a fast start in boys’ high school basketball. The visiting Titans improved to 3-0 in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic standings with an 83-69 victory over the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves Tuesday.
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Kindergarten Class Brings Nativity Story to Life: A Tale of Joy and Learning
12/12/2023
In a heartwarming exploration of the Christmas season, the kindergarten class at Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School recently delved into the timeless story of the Nativity.
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Late Goals Seal the Deal - St. Mary Prevails 6-3 in Faceoff Against Newman
12/12/2023
Owen Meli scored a hat trick including the winner to lead St. Mary to its first victory of the boys’ high school hockey season. The Crusaders (1-1) defeated the St. John Henry Newman Cardinals 6-3 at Morgan Firestone Arena Thursday.
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St. Marguerite d'Youville Family's Christmas Toy Drive for City Kidz
12/12/2023
St. Marguerite d'Youville Catholic Elementary School students and staff pray their patron saint's prayer daily. In that prayer, they recite and reflect on the life and example of the school's patron saint. St. Margueritte d'Youville students and family members, Sophia and Dominic (grade 5) as well as Nicholas (grade3), wanted to give this upcoming Christmas season. These students created, organized and distributed flyers to family, friends and staff members at the school and in the community for a Toy Drive for CityKidz.
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St. Paul Catholic Elementary School Unites in Faith and Community Celebration
12/12/2023
St. Paul Catholic Elementary School celebrated a heartwarming school Mass led by Father Andrew Quarshie, marking a special occasion for the school community. Father Andrew's presence was a highlight as students and staff met him for the first time since he became the Pastor at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in June. This Mass was also a nostalgic return to tradition, being the first in years since pre-COVID days.
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"Winter Wonderland for All” is a huge success at Corpus Christi CES.
12/11/2023
Student council members answered the call to collect warm winter accessories for Wilma’s Place with an exciting display for all to see. For the past two weeks, the staff and students at Corpus Christi school have been donating warm winter accessories such as mitts, scarves, wool hats, socks, and underwear to help bring some extra warmth to students at Wilma’s Place.
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Confronting the Powers That Be - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
12/10/2023
Friends, great writers, from Aristotle to Shakespeare to Melville, put a lot into their opening line, which often sets the tone for the whole work. This week we have the privilege of hearing the very opening of the Gospel of Mark ...
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An Evening of Honour: Bishop Douglas Crosby Recognized for Distinguished Service to Catholic Education
An Evening of Honour: Bishop Douglas Crosby Recognized for Distinguished Service to Catholic Education
12/08/2023
On the evening of Tuesday, November 28th, 2023, guests embraced the warmth of the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, seeking shelter from the winter chill. The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Student Council Presidents and Student Trustees, present to honor the occasion, warmly greeted attendees.
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Game On: 2023-24 HWCDSB Senior Boys' Basketball Season Tips Of
12/06/2023
The 2023-24 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic senior boys’ high school basketball season tipped off Tuesday night and one of the teams appeared to have undergone a ‘big’ change.
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Hamilton’s Catholic High School All-Stars Triumph in Epic 30th Steel City Bowl Victory
12/05/2023
The football season for an elite group of players from the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board lasted nine months and it ended on a winning note.
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You Can’t Save Yourself - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
12/03/2023
Friends, we come to the First Sunday of Advent—the liturgical new year. I've said this before, but Advent is a time to get back to basics. Can I suggest we start with that familiar Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”?
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St. Eugene students receive lesson in lacrosse and Indigenous culture
12/01/2023
A visit from players on the Toronto Rock National Lacrosse Team not only provided St. Eugene Catholic Elementary School students an opportunity for physical activity, but allowed them to explore Indigenous culture.
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"We are Called to Love": Little Helpers Spread Joy in HWCDSB Community
11/28/2023
In the spirit of the season and guided by the words from the Gospel of Matthew, the St. Margaret Mary Church Catholic Women’s League (CWL) has once again orchestrated its heartwarming "Twinkle Toes Campaign" to bring joy and comfort to those in need in our community.
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Alternative education centre opens doors to all young parents
11/28/2023
A new inclusive model implemented at the Jeanne Scott Parent and Child Resource Centre is ensuring all young parents have access to education and support. In partnership with the Good Shepherd Centres Hamilton, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board operates the Jeanne Scott Parent & Child Resource Centre, an adult credit school for young parents aged 18-25 who are working towards completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
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Gaels take home OFSAA title for 3rd year
11/27/2023
By Larry Moko. For the first time in his life, Jim Daly climbed the ladder and clipped a string off the net to celebrate one of his basketball team’s championship performances. The scene was Cathedral High School Saturday afternoon and the Gaels had just defeated the St. John Henry Newman Cardinals 81-43 to capture the 2023 OFSAA girls’ AAA title.
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Classic Sunday Sermon: The One True King
11/26/2023
Friends, Christ is the King of all things. His rule is characterized not by totalitarianism or despotism, but rather by loving kindness and sacrifice. He constantly reaches out his hands to defend the weak and sick, going to the limits of godforsakenness to bring back those who have wandered.
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Cathedral and Newman headed to OFSAA finals
11/25/2023
By Larry Moko. A large dose of Daly was too strong for the Pickering Trojans to handle. Veteran guard Keira Daly poured in a career-high 45 points to lead the top-seeded Cathedral Gaels to a 75-51 semifinal victory over the No. 5 seeds from Pickering at the OFSAA girls’ AAA basketball tournament Friday. That outcome, along with St. John Henry Newman’s 46-42 triumph over Sarnia’s second-seeded St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish, sets up an all-Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic championship Saturday.
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Gaels and Cardinals looking to place at OFSAA
11/24/2023
By Larry Moko Both Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic entries won a pair of games Thursday to reach the quarter-final round of the 2023 OFSAA girls’ AAA basketball tournament. The top-seeded Cathedral Gaels defeated the St. Peter Saints of Peterborough, 74-24, and then followed that up with a 76-24 decision over Sault Ste. Marie’s Korah Collegiate Colts. As for the sixth-seeded St. John Henry Newman Cardinals, they got past Korah, 44-34, and St. Peter, 51-33.
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Study Abroad in Italy – Information Session
11/24/2023
Interested in earning Ontario secondary school credits in various subject areas while travelling to different parts of Italy? The Hamilton-Dante Centre for Italian Language and Culture Inc., in collaboration with the Niagara Catholic District School Board, offers secondary credit courses in Italy. Program promotion is made available through St. Charles Adult and Continuing Education.
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Cathedral and Newman gear up for OFSAA
11/23/2023
By Larry Moko. The Cathedral Gaels are riding an 85-game winning streak as they shoot for a third-consecutive Ontario girls’ high school basketball championship on their home court this week. The Gaels captured the last two OFSAA titles in St. Catharines and Windsor, respectively. This year’s 16-team AAA tournament gets under way Thursday, with action at both the Cathedral and St. Thomas More gyms.
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Chairperson Patrick J. Daly Embraces the Spirit of Advent, Inspires Hope, and Casts a Vision for Catholic Education at 2024 Board Meeting
11/22/2023
Patrick J. Daly, Chairperson of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, delivered an address at the 2024 Initial Meeting of the Board on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, held at the Father Kennedy Catholic Education Centre.
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Titans take silver in GHAC championship
11/22/2023
By Larry Moko. The Bishop Tonnos Titans were 31 seconds away from attaining one of their loftiest goals of the 2023 high school football season. Playing the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference championship game in Burlington Tuesday, the Titans led throughout before dropping a 16-15 decision to the Corpus Christi Longhorns.
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Staff and students reminded they are children of God
11/22/2023
Last month, 40 teachers from Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board attended the annual “When Faith Meets Pedagogy” conference to strengthen their vocational call to Catholic education. Joining 800 other Catholic teachers from across the province, this year’s theme “Awake, Arise, Announce,” reminded all who participated that God is always within and among them.
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Pathways to Catholic Leadership Event Inspires Educators
11/21/2023
Earlier this month, the Catholic Leadership Development team successfully hosted the 'Pathways to Catholic Leadership' information session. The session was held at the Nicholas Mancini Centre and was the first of many to follow. Teachers from across the district gathered to explore the diverse leadership opportunities available within the HWCDSB, gaining valuable insights into the recently developed Catholic Leadership Development Program.
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Classic Sunday Sermon: The Enemy of Melancholy
11/19/2023
Friends, we must develop a theology and spirituality of work. Meaningful labor awakens our desire to collaborate in God’s creativity. Viewing work in this way—as spiritual and moral action—conquers our melancholy, gives us dignity, and brings us into unity with the purposes of the Lord.
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Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week – November 19-25
11/18/2023
The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board holds sacred the view that each child is created in the image of God. Every student has the right to be safe and to feel respected in and around their Catholic school community. Guided by the teachings of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the HWCDSB is committed to school environments where each member feels valued, respected, and has a sense of belonging with the goal of enabling all learners to realize the fullness of humanity.
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Undefeated Celtics bring home Jr. football championship
11/17/2023
By Larry Moko. The Bishop Ryan Celtics completed an undefeated season Thursday, capturing the 2023 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic junior high school football championship. Playing on their home field, the Celtics downed the second-place St. John Henry Newman Cardinals, 28-21. It was BR’s first title in the sport since 2017.
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Remembering Holodomor
11/17/2023
Holodomor was a human-made famine that occurred in Soviet Ukraine from 1932 to 1933, resulting in millions of deaths. It was caused by Joseph Stalin's policies, including forced collectivization and grain requisition ...
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Beyond Borders: Dutch Educators Embrace ‘Each Belongs’ at HWCDSB
11/16/2023
As we reflect on the successful visit of 41 delegates from the Netherlands to our board earlier this month, it is evident that the exchange of knowledge and experiences has made a profound impact on both sides.
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BT football headed to GHAC championship
11/16/2023
By Larry Moko. Quarterback Ryan Begadon passed for four touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Bishop Tonnos Titans to victory in a Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference high school football semifinal. Bishop Tonnos topped the visiting Nelson Lords of Burlington, 52-18.
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Grade 8 Parent Information Nights
11/16/2023
Do you have a child entering high school next September? Join us at our Grade 8 Parent Information Nights and discover the many benefits of a Catholic secondary school education.
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HWCDSB remembers
11/16/2023
Across the system, schools took time on November 10th to honour those who served for our freedom. CHCH visited Cathedral High School and St. Margaret Mary Catholic Elementary School to learn more about how staff and students recognized Remembrance Day.
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Newman and Gaels headed to OFSAA in girls’ basketball
11/15/2023
By Larry Moko. Sixteen teams at next week’s OFSAA girls’ AAA high school basketball tournament can expect double trouble. That’s because they’ll be facing two entries from the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic league. The two-time defending provincial champion Cathedral Gaels and the St. John Henry Newman Cardinals each won their Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference semifinals Tuesday...
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Titans win senior football championship
11/14/2023
By Larry Moko. When a spectacular game-opening kickoff return touchdown was called back because of a penalty, it didn’t faze the Bishop Tonnos Titans. Tonnos still managed to grab a comfortable early lead en route to a 33-23 victory over the St. John Henry Newman Cardinals at the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic high school championship football game Friday.
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Classic Sunday Sermon: You Must Rethink Your Spiritual Life
11/12/2023
Friends, there’s a great temptation for us to turn the Lord into a distant spiritual entity or a difficult moral taskmaster. We incorrectly believe that we have to crawl our way to the divine by our own heroism ...
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Newman heads to GHAC after volleyball win
11/10/2023
By Larry Moko. For the third-straight year the St. John Henry Newman Cardinals hoisted the hardware as champions of Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic senior boys’ volleyball. The latest title for the Cardinals came Thursday when they travelled to the St. Thomas More gym and defeated the Knights, 3-0. The scores were 25-18, 25-21, 26-24.
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CHS senior girls bring home basketball championship for the 3rd year
11/09/2023
By Larry Moko. A giant hand-painted sign that hung in the Cathedral gym reminded the St. John Henry Newman girls’ basketball team of the challenge it was facing. The sign said ‘3-PEAT!’ It was situated directly under the Canadian flag in the Newman squad’s line of vision during the playing of the national anthem.
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Remembrance Day
11/09/2023
On Remembrance Day, we not only honour the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, we hold them in our hearts. And we keep them in our prayers.
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STM lights it up pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
11/09/2023
Last month St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School traded in its traditional black and gold for every shade of pink. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff and students donned Barbie’s favourite colour on October 27 as part of a campaign focused on community building and support.
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Cardinals advance to volleyball championship
11/08/2023
By Larry Moko. The senior boys’ volleyball team from St. John Henry Newman Catholic Secondary School is really going places. It begins Thursday when they take part in the 2023 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association championship game. Then, in March, regardless whether the Cardinals qualify for the OFSAA championship in Belle River, the Newman team has planned a trip to Hawaii for a volleyball tournament.
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SJB teacher on the world stage for karate
11/08/2023
Math teacher by day, world karate champion by night. Last month, Andrew Cabilan, teacher at St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School, competed at the World Karate Union World Championships in Calgary, Alberta where he took home three gold medals and a bronze medal in the Traditional Forms categories. He also made the distinction of being the only adult male Canadian to win gold medals in Forms during the competition.
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Newman defeats More in senior girls’ semifinal basketball
11/07/2023
By Larry Moko. The tables have turned for two rival senior girls’ high school basketball teams. In 2022, the St. John Henry Newman Cardinals defeated the St. Thomas More Knights both times during the regular season before losing to them at home in a semifinal playoff. This year, however, it was More that swept a pair of games from Newman during the regular schedule. And Monday night, at More, the visiting Cardinals downed the Knights, 53-45, in semifinal action.
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Newman heads to football championship
11/06/2023
By Larry Moko. The St. John Henry Newman Cardinals ‘blew past’ their opponent to open the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic high school football playoffs. On a wind-swept afternoon, the second-place Cardinals defeated the third-place St. Thomas More Knights, 26-5, in a senior semifinal Friday. In the other semifinal, the first-place Bishop Tonnos Titans topped the fourth-place Bishop Ryan Celtics, 51-13.
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St Mary’s Anna Ptaszek places fourth at OFSAA cross-country championships
11/06/2023
By Larry Moko. St. Mary Crusaders runner Anna Ptaszek led all Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic entrants at the 2023 OFSAA cross-country championships with a fourth-place finish. That provincial high school competition was held Saturday at Etobicoke’s Centennial Park. About 1,400 student-athletes took park in boys’ and girls’ novice, junior, senior and para divisions.
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Classic Sunday Sermon: Your Life is Not About You
11/05/2023
Friends, there’s only one real sadness in life—not to be a saint. But what does it mean to follow this path of righteousness? To follow the will of God, and God wills that we habitually direct our actions and thoughts to the good of others
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Building Bright Futures: Students Constructing Homes and Opportunities with Habitat for Humanity
11/03/2023
During a recent site visit, Chairperson of the Board Pat Daly and Director of Education, David Hansen, were invited to witness the ongoing progress of the Habitat for Humanity Hamilton project involving 15 students from the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.
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Braves head to semis in senior girls’ basketball
11/02/2023
By Larry Moko. An aggressive St. Jean de Brébeuf Braves defence really applied the pressure Wednesday – with the exception of one trip down the floor. Late in their Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic girls’ high school basketball game against the Bishop Tonnos Titans, Brébeuf defenders all backed off and allowed an uncontested shot from a player off the bench.
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Celebrating 27 Years of Academic Excellence and Community Service: ACCPI's Inspiring Legacy
11/02/2023
In a heartwarming celebration of academic excellence and unwavering community service, the 27th anniversary of the African Caribbean Cultural Potpourri Inc (ACCPI) unfolded in all its grandeur. This year's awards ceremony, held at the elegant Sheraton Hotel, saw 16 of Hamilton's most promising young individuals recognized for their remarkable achievements in both academia and community service.
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Advent calendars support at-risk youth
11/01/2023
To kick off the season of giving, the Good Shepherd has released its Advent calendar which directly benefits its Youth Services program.
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Indigenous Education Month
10/31/2023
This year’s Catholic Education Week theme, “We Are Called to Love,” was inspired by several events including Pope Francis’ 'Renewing the Promise' recent papal visit to Canada. As part of this call, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board will commemorate November as Indigenous Education month to strengthen relationships and increase awareness and appreciation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit histories, perspectives, and ways of knowing.
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French Immersion parent information session
10/31/2023
The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board is hosting a virtual information session for parents/guardians interested in learning about the French Immersion Program for Kindergarten and the registration procedures on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023.
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Crusaders defeat Gaels in Sr. Football action
10/30/2023
By Larry Moko. The St. Mary Crusaders and Cathedral Gaels have reached the mid-way point of their “eight-quarter” senior high school football game. The visiting Crusaders defeated the Gaels 36-2 Friday, marking the final game of the 2023 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic regular-season schedule.
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Classic Sunday Sermon: God’s Rules for Life
10/29/2023
Friends, the Books of Moses teach that the three types of Israelite law—liturgical law, ritual law, and moral law—shape and direct God’s people toward holiness and purity.
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Precious Moments Boutique in need of donations
10/27/2023
The Precious Moments Boutique, located inside the St. Mary Catholic Education Resource Centre, is a donation hub where students can pick from an assortment of gently used grad and First Communion wear, free of charge. The success of the boutique relies on the generosity of our community through the form of donations.
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31st Annual HWCDSB Parent Conference — "Weaving the Catholic Partnership: We are Called to Love"
10/27/2023
The 31st Annual Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board Parent Conference was a resounding success. This year's event, held at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School, revolved around the theme "Weaving the Catholic Partnership: We are Called to Love." It brought together parents and guardians in an evening filled with inspiration, community, and a shared commitment to love and faith.
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Ticats award SJB student with “Made in the Hammer” scholarship
10/27/2023
At a Night of Champions gala dinner on October 24th, St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School student Matthew Towler was recognized by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with a $2,000 “Made in the Hammer” scholarship. Hosted at Tim Hortons Field, the event honoured student-athletes in the city who have made exceptional contributions to their school community through commitment, leadership, community service and sportsmanship.
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Dress Purple Day
10/26/2023
On Dress Purple Day, Friday, October 27, students and staff throughout the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board will wear purple to raise awareness about the important role that individuals and communities play in supporting vulnerable children, youth and families.
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St. John the Baptist student heads to Queen’s Park
10/26/2023
River Almanzor has left no page unturned. The Grade 8 St. John the Baptist Catholic Elementary School student had an opportunity to learn firsthand about provincial politics as a Legislative Page at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario during a two-week term.
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Knights of Columbus provide “Coats for Kids” in HWCDSB schools
10/26/2023
A total of 840 students across the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board will be protected from the winter elements, thanks to a Coats for Kids initiative run by the Knights of Columbus. At an official blessing and kickoff event on October 12, principals were invited to ‘shop’ from an assortment of new coats for students in their schools.
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GHAC cross country event produces wins across HWCDSB
10/25/2023
By Larry Moko. Runners from Bishop Tonnos finished 1-2 in the senior girls’ race at the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference high school cross-country championships Tuesday. Chloe Seiler won the 6-kilometre event at Campbellville’s Hilton Falls Conservation Area in 26 minutes, 2 seconds. And seven seconds behind in second place was her Titans teammate, Clara Fava.
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Potential Transit Disruptions – Hamilton Street Railway Service – Potential Labour Action
10/25/2023
Dear HWCDSB families and staff, We wanted to inform you of a potential disruption to the Hamilton Street Railway Service. As you may be aware, as part of the collective bargaining process the members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) will be voting on the City of Hamilton’s final offer on Sunday, November 5, 2023. Subject to the outcome of the vote, there exists the possibility of a disruption to public transit (HSR) services.
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Knights honour one of their own in Friday Night Football action
10/24/2023
By Larry Moko. The St. Thomas More Knights paid tribute to the memory of Mark Bistoyong by playing their senior high school football game in his honour Friday. Bistoyong was tragically killed last July 2 at the age of 16. He had been a member of More’s junior team in previous years and was in training to join the senior squad.
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STM defeats BR in volleyball action
10/24/2023
By Larry Moko. The Knights are on a quest. The St. Thomas More Knights volleyball team continues to pursue an elusive Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic high school senior boys’ championship – one they haven’t captured since 1999.
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Classic Sunday Sermon: Does It Matter What You Believe?
10/22/2023
Friends, a great theme of the Bible is that of God’s chosen people. At the same time, we also see that God’s salvific plan has to do with all of humanity—and indeed with all of creation.
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Prayer for the People of Israel
10/21/2023
“We remain united in our prayer for the people of Israel, offering our heartfelt support in the wake of the recent horrific terrorist attacks. Let us come together as a community, and as a global family, to send our thoughts, prayers, and unwavering support to those affected." Chair Patrick Daly
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CHS continue undefeated streak in girls’ senior basketball
10/20/2023
By Larry Moko. The Daly twins from Cathedral High School say they’ve improved significantly as basketball players in the past eight months. And that’s bad news for opposing teams. With Keira and Nicole Daly leading the way, the Cathedral Gaels captured back-to-back Ontario AAA girls’ high school basketball championships in 2021 and ’22.
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Mary’s girls take field hockey championship on home turf
10/19/2023
By Larry Moko. It’s 8 seconds that the St. Mary Crusaders and St. Thomas More Knights will probably remember for a lifetime. That’s how long each of the two sudden-death penalty shootouts lasted during the 2023 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic girls’ field hockey championship Wednesday.
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Learning about movement at St. Thomas More
10/19/2023
By Mark Newman. Promoting the positive effects from staying active at any age is among the goals of the 15th annual Ontario Physical Literacy Summit slated for Oct. 20 at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School. That Friday is a professional activity day at the school.
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Student leaders called to love
10/18/2023
A recent overnight retreat for all seven secondary school councils at Camp Brébeuf helped unlock leadership potential. Established by the board’s Religion and Family Life Department, the annual trip focuses on enabling student council members to strengthen their relationships with student leaders from other Catholic secondary schools and to build a support network for the coming school year.
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Bishop Tonnos students make mud kitchens for elementary schools
10/18/2023
A cross-curricular project involving Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School and elementary schools continues to build new play-based learning opportunities. Under the direction of past Technological Department Head John Ivkovic at Bishop Tonnos, senior students enrolled in the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) construction class were involved in designing and constructing outdoor mud kitchens.
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School Bus Driver Appreciation Day
10/17/2023
October 18, 2023 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, a day in which we recognize and thank our dedicated school bus drivers for safely getting our students to and from school each day. School bus drivers are often the first and last smile that students see at the start and end of each school day. Caring and kind, school bus drivers are role models for the children on their routes and a voice of welcome to parents in our community.
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October 16-20 is Local Government Week
10/16/2023
October 16-20, 2023 has been designated by the province as Local Government Week, and was established to increase youth and public awareness about the role local government plays in our communities. This week is a wonderful opportunity for the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board to promote and celebrate the distinct and crucial service provided by locally elected Catholic School Trustees/Boards. 
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STM captures big win in senior football
10/16/2023
By Larry Moko. The St. Thomas More Knights never looked back after striking for a long touchdown on their first play from scrimmage. The visitors from More opened the scoring with a 95-yard pass-and-run TD en route to a 38-0 victory over the St. Jean de Brébeuf Braves Friday.
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Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day  
10/16/2023
In appreciation of the important contributions our Child Care Workers and DECEs provide to our students and to our schools throughout the year, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board is proud to recognize October 17 as Child Care Worker & Designated Early Childhood Educators Appreciation Day.
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Classic Sunday Sermon: The Summit of the Christian Life
10/15/2023
Friends, the mountain is a great image throughout the Bible. It is the place where we go up and where God comes down to meet us. Today’s first reading from Isaiah orients us to three holy mountains of the Lord...
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National School Bus Safety Week
10/13/2023
October 16-22, 2023 is National School Bus Safety Week. Held each year during the third full week of October, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program, and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators and other interested parties to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety.
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BT takes home baseball championship
10/13/2023
By Larry Moko. Hats off to Julian Sabourin and the Bishop Tonnos Titans. Powered by a pitcher – Sabourin – whose hat fell off or needed readjusting nearly every time he made a delivery, Tonnos defeated the St. Jean de Brébeuf Braves 7-2 at Bernie Arbour Stadium Thursday to capture its second consecutive Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic high school baseball championship.
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Lower Your Flu and COVID risk
10/13/2023
Hamilton Public Health Services is urging Hamiltonians to remain vigilant and take a multi-layered approach to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, using multiple measures in addition to vaccines.
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Bishop Tonnos’ Richard White awarded Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM
10/12/2023
Congratulations to Richard (Rene) White, the embodiment of excellence in the teaching profession. White’s dedication and transformative approach to education have earned him the well-deserved 2023 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM.
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Be a Roots of Empathy family
10/11/2023
Are you a proud parent with a new baby? Will your baby be 2-4 months old in October? You and your baby could be a Roots of Empathy Family.
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Titans advance to baseball championship
10/11/2023
By Larry Moko. Jack Bar of the Bishop Tonnos Titans displayed impressive pitching versatility in helping his high school team to its latest playoff baseball win. Instead of appearing in the game as a late-inning relief specialist as he usually does, the Grade 11 right hander got the starting mound assignment Tuesday against the St. John Henry Newman Cardinals.
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2023 HWCDSB Pathways Night
10/10/2023
On Thursday, November 2, 2023, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board (HWCDSB) is hosting Pathways Night, an annual event for all students in Grades 8-12+, and their parents.
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Titans take Cardinals in senior football
10/10/2023
By Larry Moko. The only two teams with undefeated records in Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic senior high school football treated a capacity crowd at St. John Henry Newman to a Friday Night Lights thriller. The Bishop Tonnos Titans (4-0) led all the way against the Cardinals but were hard pressed to hang on for a 7-6 victory at Newman’s homecoming.
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Sts. Peter and Paul anniversary mass
10/10/2023
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Elementary School invites students, staff and friends, both past and present, to join in a 75th anniversary mass on November 5.
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Fire Prevention Week
10/08/2023
This week is Fire Prevention Week. Did you know cooking fires remain a leading cause of home fires and injuries? It is essential for everyone to be informed about proactive safety measures. This year's theme, "Cooking Safety Starts with You," emphasizes the crucial role that individuals play in preventing kitchen fires and promoting safe cooking practices.
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Classic Sunday Sermon: The Key to Human Flourishing
10/08/2023
Friends, in biblical imagery, the vineyard symbolizes the people of God. The Lord nourishes us as our caretaker, but he desires ...
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Happy Thanksgiving
10/06/2023
We wish students, staff, families and parish communities all of God’s Blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving. Schools are closed for Thanksgiving, Monday October 9, 2023.
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World Teachers’ Day
10/05/2023
October 5 is World Teachers’ Day, a day in which we recognize and celebrate teachers and their important role in society.
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STM’s Colton Cheeseman hopes for OFSAA opportunity
10/04/2023
By Larry Moko. Colton Cheeseman’s emotions ranged from elation to deflation at separate golf tournaments over the last few days. The St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School student was particularly excited about winning a 36-hole Canadian Junior Golf Association bantam event on the weekend with a 2-under-par 142 total at Royal Stouffville near Toronto.
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Cyber Awareness Month
10/04/2023
October is Cyber Awareness Month in Ontario. ECNO (Educational Computing Network of Ontario), in partnership with Ontario School Boards and the Ministry of Education, is celebrating K-12 Cyber Awareness Month, developed to help inform students, teachers, families and communities about the risks of using technology and the internet by promoting best practices in cyber safety, cyber security, and online privacy.
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Toonies for Tuition campaign kick off
10/03/2023
For a donation of a toonie or more, you can share the gift of Catholic education. The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board is holding a Toonies for Tuition Campaign to support Canadian parents in accessing Catholic education for their children.
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First Canadian electric vehicle made from Hamilton steel rolled into town
10/03/2023
Canadian excellence was on display in Hamilton. The first and only all-Canadian electric vehicle made from Hamilton steel rolled into town today to St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School.
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Cardinals take over Crusaders in senior football
10/02/2023
By Larry Moko. The St. John Henry Newman Cardinals are counting on a high-powered offence from a lineup filled with experienced veterans to propel them to a high school football championship this season.
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Cathedral comes out victorious at Vesprini-Jordan basketball classic
10/02/2023
By Larry Moko. A 67-game winning streak over the past three years by the Cathedral Gaels appeared to be in jeopardy at the Michele Vesprini-Jordan Cancer Research Classic Saturday. The host Gaels ultimately hoisted the championship trophy at the 16-team girls’ high school basketball event, but they faced a stiff challenge in the final.
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Classic Sunday Sermon: Becoming a Brick Wall of Integrity
10/01/2023
Friends, our own wickedness and virtue belong to oneself. Though our communities and background stories ...
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October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month
10/01/2023
Learning Disabilities are very common and affect approximately 10% of Canadians. October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness of learning disabilities and the challenges faced by individuals and families who live with them.
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National Custodial Workers’ Recognition Day
10/01/2023
October 2 is National Custodial Workers’ Recognition Day, a day in which we recognize and show appreciation to our custodians, assistant custodians and maintenance workers who work tirelessly each day to ensure the smooth operation of our schools and office buildings.
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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
09/29/2023
"On this solemn day, we boldly proclaim our conviction to journey with our Indigenous brothers and sisters in a spirit of Truth and Reconciliation..."
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31st Annual Parent Conference
09/28/2023
The 31st Annual Parent Conference is hosted by the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board to support parents/guardians in their roles as primary educators of their child(ren).
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STM golfers capture championship
09/28/2023
By Larry Moko. Led by the consistently solid play of the Cheeseman brothers, the St. Thomas More Knights captured the 2023 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association golf championship. It was More’s first team title in the sport in recent history.
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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
09/28/2023
Through active listening, prayer and right action, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board is dedicated to honouring the journey of truth, reconciliation and healing and building positive connections and relationships of trust, honesty, and respect while strengthening collaborations with Indigenous communities, parents and families.
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Gaels top Cardinals in senior girls' basketball action
09/27/2023
By Larry Moko. The Cathedral Gaels have stretched their impressive winning streak in senior girls’ high school basketball to 62 games. Two-time defending OFSAA champions at the AAA level, Cathedral recently went undefeated during eight straight starts en route to capturing tournament titles...
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Emotion Coaching for Parents and Caregivers
09/27/2023
Understanding the role of emotions is key to improving relationships with your child or youth. Emotion Coaching is a communication strategy that can calm the brain in as little as 60 seconds and help improve relationships.
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Test Your Smoke Alarm Day 2023
09/27/2023
September 28, 2023, is Ontario's first Test Your Smoke Alarm Day. Last year, there were 133 fire fatalities in the province...
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Rowan's Law Day
09/26/2023
Wednesday, September 27 is Rowan’s Law Day. The day is named in memory of Rowan Stringer, the 17-year-old rugby player whose death resulted after sustaining multiple concussions.
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Truth and Reconciliation Week – September 25-30
09/25/2023
This year’s Catholic Education Week theme, “We Are Called to Love,” was inspired by several events, including Renewing the Promise, Pope Francis’ recent papal visit to Canada. To support this “call to love” for Truth and Reconciliation Week, Orange Shirt Day, and beyond, the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board is focused on...
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BR debutes first female football coach in HWCDSB history
09/25/2023
By Larry Moko. It was a significant day for women in football when the Bishop Ryan Celtics played host to the St. Jean de Brébeuf Braves Friday. For the first time in Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic high school football history, the head referee was a female – Taylor Mickleboro...
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His Excellency Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI to receive the 2023 Award for Distinguished Service to Catholic Education
09/25/2023
“On behalf of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, I am honoured to announce that at its September 5, 2023, Board meeting, with much joy the Board of Trustees selected the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton as the recipient of the Board’s 2023 Award for Distinguished Service to Catholic Education,” said Chairperson of the Board Patrick Daly.
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St. Matthew students paint derby car for Binbrook Fair
09/25/2023
While September marks the start of school, it also marks a special tradition for the grade 7 students at St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School. Since 2016, the school has been asked to paint a car for the Binbrook Fair Derby.
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How Not to Think About Heaven - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
09/24/2023
Friends, the parable at the heart of our Gospel today from Matthew 20 is one of those passages in the New Testament that really bothers people.
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Sacred Heart celebrates 100 years
09/21/2023
Save the date. 2024 marks Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School's 100th anniversary.
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STM steps up to plate against St. Mary in baseball action
09/20/2023
By Larry Moko. The St. Thomas More Knights are looking good in their brand new pinstripe baseball uniforms. And their overall performance on the diamond Tuesday wasn’t too shabby, either. More topped the St. Mary Crusaders 11-0 in Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic high school action at Alexander Park.
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Keynote speaker shares story of hope and resiliency for Stoney Creek Terry Fox Run
09/19/2023
By Mike Pearson Stoney Creek News (August 31, 2023). A surprise cancer diagnosis taught Claudia Sambuco everything she needed to know about the power of hope, strength and resiliency.
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St. Charles instructor in desperate need of kidney transplant
09/19/2023
Are you a match? My name is Paulette and here is my story. I am 61 years old, a single mother of 3 fantastic sons and 1 great greyhound dog, Jethro.
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U SPORTS and NCAA recruitment information session
09/18/2023
Students interested in post-secondary varsity athletics are invited to attend a U SPORTS and NCAA recruitment information session on October 11, 2023.
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Titans defeat Knights in football opener
09/18/2023
By Larry Moko. The St. Thomas More Knights and the Bishop Tonnos Titans are senior high school football teams with a lot in common. Both neighbouring schools recently captured a Hamilton-Wentwoth Catholic league championship (Tonnos last season and More in 2021).
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Enter the Adventure - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
09/17/2023
Friends, today in our second reading, St. Paul says, “None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.
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Sts. Peter and Paul hosts 75th anniversary open house
09/14/2023
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Elementary School students, staff and friends, both past and present, are invited to take a walk down memory lane for the school’s 75th anniversary.
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St. Bernadette students raise funds for McMaster Children’s Hospital
09/14/2023
On Labour Day, a lemonade stand run by a group of St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School students provided not only a sweet treat to customers, but support to sick children in the city.
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Bishop Tonnos students shine in auto detailing venture
09/11/2023
A few years ago, Nathan Leon and William Youngberg were going door-to-door with a wagon full of equipment trying to find someone who would let them clean their car. Any car. Now, their roster of clients includes some high-end luxury vehicles, like the Aston Martin DBX707 and the Porshe 992 GT3.
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Are We Saved by Faith Alone? - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
09/10/2023
Friends, they say that fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Well, today I’m going to rush in to some stormy waters ...
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SJB celebrates 50 years
09/07/2023
Save the date. 2024 marks St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School's 50th anniversary.
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St. Patrick school welcomes new De Mazenod Door kitchen
09/07/2023
“You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. This is how prayer works.” ~ Pope Francis On September 1, St. Patrick Church officially opened its doors to the new De Mazenod kitchen located just steps away at St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School.
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Follow us on social media
09/06/2023
The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board is on social media.
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Ontario Begins the 2023-24 School Year with a Back to Basics Focus
09/06/2023
As we welcome students back for another school year, our priority is to deliver a normal, stable and enjoyable year of learning. I’m proud to say ...
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A Fire in the Heart - Bishop Barron's Sunday Sermon
09/03/2023
Friends, our first reading for this weekend is from the twentieth chapter of Jeremiah. There is so much spiritual wisdom in Jeremiah...
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Welcome to a new school year
08/31/2023
This week approximately thirty thousand elementary and secondary students return to class.
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Telling Tales 2023
08/30/2023
The 15th annual Telling Tales Festival will run over two days at RBG’s world-renowned Hendrie Park. Join Canada’s finest children’s authors ...
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08/28/2023
Looking for a rewarding job that gives back to the community? Apply to become a school crossing guard.
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Canada takes on the world
08/24/2023
Two former HWCDSB students will represent Canada on the world stage as the Canadian men’s senior team is set to open the FIBA World Cup against Team France in Jakarta, Indonesia on Friday.
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When God’s Ways Are Confusing – Bishop Barron’s Sunday Sermon
08/20/2023
Friends, I do a lot of debating and dialoguing with agnostics and atheists, and very often, when they attack the faith,
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STM graduate's art on display in Toronto library
07/10/2023
For the month of July, St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School recent graduate Sofia Pimenta’s artwork will be on display at the library as a finalist in a teen art contest.
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Corpus Christi's Healthy Schools Approach focused on Physical Activity and Mental Health. The school was awarded gold Healthy Schools certification for the second consecutive year. Photo: Corpus Christi
HWCDSB schools are OPHEA certified Healthy Schools
06/30/2023
HWCDSB schools are Healthy Schools according to the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) which annually awards Healthy Schools Certification to participating schools in Ontario.
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Darnell Nurse Excellence Scholarship makes undeniable impact on recipients
06/30/2023
He may represent Edmonton on the ice, but he was formed in Hamilton. Giving back to the city – more specifically the school – that helped shape him, NHL star Darnell Nurse returned to St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School to help inspire the next generation of dreamers.
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St. Mary student awarded Canada’s largest undergraduate scholarship
06/28/2023
Total shock. When you just find out you’ve been awarded a Schulich Leader Scholarship worth $100,000, shock seems like the appropriate response.
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School Registration
06/28/2023
All elementary schools of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board will be open for registration from 9am to 12pm on Tuesday, August 29, 2023.
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Are you registered as a Catholic school supporter?
06/27/2023
Make sure you’re counted. Your “English Separate” (Catholic) school support designation on the municipal property assessment roll not only entitles you to vote for the Catholic school trustee in your ward, but ensures that the education portion of your property taxes is directed to the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School.
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