Archbishop’s visit ‘a special time’

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Natasja Willms

CHRIST-KING CHRONICLE

Students at Christ-King School participated in the Terry Fox run last Wednesday. We gathered together to watch an inspiring video about the life of Terry Fox and then headed outside for a 20-minute run. Students kept track of the number of laps they ran and points were accumulated for our house leagues.

Parent council provided oranges and water for the event. The names of students who collected pledges and returned their pledge sheets were placed into a draw for the Terry Fox T-shirt and Christ-King Charger-wear.

Congratulations to all of our students for running in memory of Terry and remembering those they know who have been affected by cancer.

Last Thursday, special guest Archbishop Richard Smith came to Christ-King for our long-awaited school blessing. Fr. Paul Cavanaugh, former parish priest and now director for the Archdiocese of Edmonton, accompanied the archbishop and joined Fr. Arlan Parenteau, our esteemed parish priest, to dedicate the school to God.

Many dignitaries and parish members were also in attendance. A special mention goes to Tom Koskie, who was integral in the renovation process and spent many long hours taking care of the details.

Students and teachers were thrilled to see first principal of Christ-King School, Len Kachuk, who travelled from Edmonton to be with us.

We started the event with O Canada and East Central board trustee Jim Brady gave a few words. Myron Ganser, who was the chair of the board when Christ-King first opened, gave some insight into those humble beginnings.

The lead architect responsible for transforming our building into the school it is today, John Murray, delivered an inspiring speech encouraging students to take pride in the unique school that they are a part of.

After hearing from our guests, students sang “We Are One Body” to begin the blessing. David O’Donnell proclaimed the Word of God and Miss Delhommeau and Miss Sturtevant prayed the general intentions.

Archbishop Smith prayed that our school would be a place where students meet Christ and encouraged us in the faith. Archbishop Smith then blessed the gymnasium and guests with holy water.

Students sang the final song, “Shine Jesus Shine,” and then His Grace, Fr. Paul and Fr. Arlan travelled from classroom to classroom to bless the rest of the building.

It was a very special time for Christ-King School.

We held another house league fun event on Friday. It was a “Balloon Battle” in the gymnasium, with students from the Bulls, Lions, Saints and Eagles contending for the top spot.

The Saints are in the lead with 13 points.

You might have noticed students knocking on your door offering chocolates for sale. It’s time for our annual chocolate fundraiser. Funds raised from chocolate sales go toward our annual ski trip, swimming lessons and our new playground.

Our Thanksgiving celebration will be Thursday.

Teachers will attend a professional development day Friday, so there will be no school on that day.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving long weekend and may God continue to bless you and your family.

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