October 12, 2020


It has been said that a thankful heart is a sure-fire way to increase one’s blessings. All the more reason to celebrate this special time of year – Thanksgiving! This very special holiday gives us an opportunity to pause and take stock of all God has given us, and to express our heartfelt gratitude to God and each other. (Source: Let’s Begin With A Prayer, Sally Macke)

O God,
who love all you have created,
we are struggling in these unusual times.

Struggling to see the good,
struggling to have hope,
sometimes struggling to even survive.

But today is a day when Canadians give thanks,
so today we have consciously decided
to put aside worry and fear,
and really Give Thanks.

Thank you for our families and friends,
those who have stayed in contact
through even the hardest days of pandemic.

Thank you for our jobs and for our government,
for ensuring we have food to eat and a place to stay safe.

Thank you for the frontline and healthcare workers
who bravely go to work despite the risks
and strive to make the world safer for everyone.

Thank you for the faith you have given us
which sustains us when the world seems particularly dark.

God, you know how we are suffering,
and we know you love us and are taking care of us.
So today we ask for nothing,
today we simply say
Thank You.

Health and Safety

Our Catholic School Advisory Council has established a safety committee to look at ways we can increase the safety and security of students arriving at/leaving school. They would like, “to ask caregivers, parents and students who are not ready to cross, to stay clear of the area at either side of the crosswalk“. We will try and have a staff member and parent volunteer on either side of the crosswalk to identify gaps in traffic when it is safe to cross the road (vehicles are not required to stop at the crosswalk).

Please keep these City of Kitchener bylaws in mind if you choose to drive your children to school.
Parking is not permitted:

Within 1.5 metres of a driveway
Within 3 metres of a fire hydrant
Within 9 metres of an intersection
In a bike lane
In a school bus loading zone

Note: Please also be aware of all the no parking/no stopping areas around our school.

Please consult the map below for areas where you can park or drop off your child.




The Government’s COVID-19 school screening tool was updated on October 1st and offers the best guidance to help our families/students decide if they should or should not go to school each day by completing the questions in the assessment.

There are now 2 levels to the screening process. If your child does not experience symptoms displayed on the 1st screen, select ‘none of the above’ to see a second level of symptom screening.

The assessment results provide a green checkmark (i.e. go to school) or an orange screen or red screen (do not go to school) and specific next steps for you to follow. Parents should notify the principal if their child does not pass screening.

The Government of Ontario requires families, “to screen for COVID-19 every day before going to school.”

Please read the WCDSB Newswire regarding Important New Guidelines for Siblings of Ill Students.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in keeping students and staff at St. Paul healthy and safe.

St. Francis Parish – Oct 4 – 60th Anniversary Celebration for St. Francis of Assisi Church

Parish Calendar October 2020

St. Francis Bulletin October 11, 2020

Thank you to; St. Francis Parish for the shawls, blessings and support to comfort us during these challenging times.