It is a great privilege to serve the Our Lady of Peace Catholic School Community. Together with our truly dedicated staff, you, the parents and guardians, as well as the parish community, we will continue to work together to ensure that your child becomes all that God calls them to be. It is never taken for granted that you chose to send your child to a Catholic school where each day they experience witness to gospel values and the Catholic Social Teachings of the Church.
We are very proud of our students here as each one has unique God given gifts and talents to share. Every child is on their own unique journey or pathway to success. Success is not determined by others or by the pursuit and collection of money to purchase "status symbols" as is often promoted in our society today. The purpose of a Catholic education is to teach our children to become more Christ-like and to serve the marginalized and poor as joyful disciples. When our children are truly kind, have empathy and even consider the needs of others even before themselves, they are on the road to success. We will continue to promote the common good and help one another.
Consider the message that Pope Francis gave to Catholic business students when you ponder success.
“And it is also important that you be able to learn today the strength and courage to not blindly obey the invisible hand of the market,” he said.
The pope spoke Oct. 19 at the Vatican to a group of students from a private Catholic school, “Institution des Chartreux,” in Lyon, France. They are preparing for higher education in business and finance.
The pope said he was pleased they were receiving an education that touched on the “human, philosophical and spiritual” dimensions of life and said these aspects would be essential for their future professional life.
“Learn to remain free from the allure of money, from the slavery” that befalls those who “turn it into a cult,” he said.
He called on them to promote and defend more fairness and to manage the world’s resources adequately and justly.
“You are able to decide your future,” he said, urging them to feel and become more responsible for the world and human life.
“Never forget that every injustice against a poor person is an open wound and diminishes your very dignity,” he said.
“Even if this world expects that you strive for success, give yourselves the means and the time to follow paths of fraternity, to build bridges between people rather than walls” and to take part in the building of a more just and humane world, he said.
Of course, we do have high expectations for all of our students. We promote academic excellence, spiritual growth and personal development so that our students have everything they can to offer to other
I ask that if you have any questions or concerns, please call me. I like to meet face-to-face as we can often solve problems together.
Yours in Christ,
Catherine Van Balkom
Principal of Our Lady Of Peace CES
"Peace, Performance, Possibilities"