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November 8, 1999
A letter from the Alberta bishops
Dear Catholic People of Alberta:
Jubilee is a time of renewal, both in the life of the Church and in our efforts to provide Catholic education for our children. As a Church, we have been preparing for the Great Jubilee for three years, focusing on the persons of the Trinity. The Great Jubilee year itself invites us into a celebration of the Trinity, that community of persons which inspires and provides the basis of our belief as Christians.
Catholic education is also a partnership of three: the family, the Church and the school. These three partners cooperate in the evangelization of the young, welcoming them into the family of the people of God, inspiring them with the vision of faith, and instructing them in Gospel values that reflect the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Parents and parishes are encouraged to give Catholic schools all the support in their power and to cooperate with them in their work for the good of the children.
What makes a Catholic school distinctive is its attempt to generate a community climate in the school that is permeated by the Gospel spirit of freedom and love.
In a Catholic school, there is no separation between religious education and non-religious learning. The curriculum, the teaching and learning process, and the total school environment, all reflect the values of faith, hope, charity, forgiveness and justice. These values are foundational to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, and taught by the Catholic Church.
The goal of Catholic education is nothing less than a truly holistic formation of persons who will be living witnesses to the faith, grounded in values that will inspire them to live as contributing members of society for the common good of all.
The partners in Catholic education need to work together to protect and conserve the heritage, identity and vision that have made Catholic education the precious gift that it is. We, the Catholic bishops of Alberta, extend our gratitude to all these partners in Catholic education:
With its promise of renewal every 50 years, the jubilee tradition creates a sense of hope. As a people of faith, we celebrate the jubilee call to liberation, renewal, reconciliation and jubilation.
Jubilee heralds new and exciting directions for Catholic education. Let us discern these directions for Catholic education in our province.
Let us proclaim the life-giving heritage of the Gospel message. Let us provide Catholic education for our children. And let us inspire them to share the good news of Jesus Christ in their lives.
Edmonton, November 7, 1999
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