Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas Happy HolidaysLast weekend I watched a video about the debate of wishing someone a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.  I am happy to say it is not much of an issue in a Catholic school and there is a lot of Merry Christmases, and Christ is Born!  What I enjoyed in the video were the underlining messages.  Firstly, Jesus probably wouldn’t have cared because He did not want to promote himself; He promoted God.  He promoted a community of justice, peace, and love; He wasn’t interested in status.  Secondly, rather than giving a person a greeting of Merry Christmas, it is more important to live it.  We must live as Jesus did.  A life of simplicity, generosity, service, and welcome and hospitality to others.  Thirdly, we need to be conscious of other’s faith, or lack of it.  As Pope Francis teaches us, we need to develop a culture of encounter, not confrontation.  By listening and respecting others, we learn from others.  So please do not worry or get upset if someone wishes you a Happy Holiday.  This Christmas, and every day, live as Jesus did and build bridges and not walls with others.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to everyone in of our learning community!  I hope everyone has a blessed, safe and restful Christmas break.

Greg Kostiuk

Telling Our Story – November 2017


As of today, there are only ten more school days left in December.  Before we get into the business of the end of December, here is the latest edition of ‘Telling Our Story’ for November.

Year-end Volleyball Tournament

volleyball yearend

Theme Day

crazy sock day

Intramural Day – Thank you, parents, for the T-Shirts



Recognizing our First Reconciliation Students


Scholastic Book Fair and Remembrance Day Service

Remembrance day & book fairRemembrance day service

Staff PD – Blanket Exercise – Learning about First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Peoples

Staff PD Blanket

Wellness Day

wellness day

November was a very fast month, and we are sure these last few weeks of December will fly by.

Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

The Road to Bethlehem

The Road to Bethlehem

The season of Advent is upon us.  Just as the Old Testament prophets were inspired by the Holy Spirit to announce His approach and how John the Baptist was sent to “make ready the way of the Lord”, our celebration of Advent imitates them as we prepare our hearts with the hope of Christ coming into our hearts today.  Advent also reminds us that just like Mary, entirely of her own free will, said “yes”, we must receive grace, strength, and courage to say “yes” to do God’s will.

Advent visual themes

The themes of Advent are traditionally hope, love, joy, and peace.  Although the themes of Advent can vary by parish, the third week is always joy.  It is always a blessing to see the students of Our Lady of the Assumption light the candles of the Advent wreath as we are reminded that we are one week closer to the birth of Christ.

Recently I stumbled upon a different visual for Advent that intrigued me.

Advent visual

Although I plan on carrying on our tradition of modeling hope, love, joy, and peace, I am also going to try to ‘worship fully’ throughout the Advent and Christmas Season, ‘spend less’ money on the people that already have, ‘give more’ to the needy, and ‘love all’ all the time.

Have a blessed Advent and Christmas season,

Greg Kostiuk

PS – If you see me after Christmas give me a Ukrainian Christmas greeting.  In the Ukrainian culture during the Christmas season, you say, “Khristos rodyvsya!” (Christ is born!) This is answered by “Slavite Yoho!” (Let Us Glorify Him!).