COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Catholic faith form foundation of schools

Opinion Apr 15, 2015 by Joseph Baiardo Hamilton Mountain News

What a thrill to serve as the Catholic school trustee for Ward 6. I am so grateful to the Catholic ratepayers for expressing their confidence in me to follow the late, great Fr. Kyran Kennedy.

This is my second time around as a trustee for our board.

I was honoured to be elected chair of our Religion, Family Life and Instructional Services Committee by my fellow trustees. This is an important committee that, I believe, is where the rubber hits the road, or in our board, where “Our faith meets our schools.”

Through the example of our beloved Pope Francis, we are called upon to live like Christ in what we say and what we do.  Our faith teaches us that where there is God, there is beauty, peace and harmony.  

I see this beauty in the students at the schools I represent:  St. Margaret Mary, St. Anthony Daniel, St. Kateri and Blessed Sacrament.

Their faith and beauty glows not only on their faces but in their work; their art, music and songs and with their parent volunteers they raise thousands of dollars for needy charities, totalling over 100, in our community.

Our children understand that helping those in need, and respecting one another is fundamental to living like Christ. They also understand that we are stewards of the world around us with each school involved in a “greening” project improving their school environment.

As I said during the election, it’s more than just teaching religion; it’s about instilling faith, hope, optimism, empathy and confidence in our children.

Recently, I attended a seminar given by Michael Reist at St. Margaret Mary School called Raising Emotionally Healthy Children.

Mr. Reist emphasized how fast these “early years” go, yet the foundation we give them will never leave them.

The raising of our children is a journey he noted, all leading to a process of “letting go.”

During the Lenten/Easter season, it struck me how this journey is so much like that of Christ’s. The joy we experience at their accomplishments, how we want to be there every time they fall or how heart-broken we feel when they leave.

Faith is like the water that bonds in the foundation; it is this foundation we continue to build in our Catholic schools.

Our faith is the strength that enables children to stand on their own and allows their beauty to shine on through.  

Joseph Baiardo is the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board trustee for Ward 6. Columns from the Mountain’s trustees appear monthly on a rotating basis.

If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Catholic faith form foundation of schools

It’s more than just teaching religion; it’s about instilling faith, hope, optimism, empathy and confidence in our children

Opinion Apr 15, 2015 by Joseph Baiardo Hamilton Mountain News

What a thrill to serve as the Catholic school trustee for Ward 6. I am so grateful to the Catholic ratepayers for expressing their confidence in me to follow the late, great Fr. Kyran Kennedy.

This is my second time around as a trustee for our board.

I was honoured to be elected chair of our Religion, Family Life and Instructional Services Committee by my fellow trustees. This is an important committee that, I believe, is where the rubber hits the road, or in our board, where “Our faith meets our schools.”

Through the example of our beloved Pope Francis, we are called upon to live like Christ in what we say and what we do.  Our faith teaches us that where there is God, there is beauty, peace and harmony.  

The raising of our children is a journey he noted, all leading to a process of “letting go.”

I see this beauty in the students at the schools I represent:  St. Margaret Mary, St. Anthony Daniel, St. Kateri and Blessed Sacrament.

Their faith and beauty glows not only on their faces but in their work; their art, music and songs and with their parent volunteers they raise thousands of dollars for needy charities, totalling over 100, in our community.

Our children understand that helping those in need, and respecting one another is fundamental to living like Christ. They also understand that we are stewards of the world around us with each school involved in a “greening” project improving their school environment.

As I said during the election, it’s more than just teaching religion; it’s about instilling faith, hope, optimism, empathy and confidence in our children.

Recently, I attended a seminar given by Michael Reist at St. Margaret Mary School called Raising Emotionally Healthy Children.

Mr. Reist emphasized how fast these “early years” go, yet the foundation we give them will never leave them.

The raising of our children is a journey he noted, all leading to a process of “letting go.”

During the Lenten/Easter season, it struck me how this journey is so much like that of Christ’s. The joy we experience at their accomplishments, how we want to be there every time they fall or how heart-broken we feel when they leave.

Faith is like the water that bonds in the foundation; it is this foundation we continue to build in our Catholic schools.

Our faith is the strength that enables children to stand on their own and allows their beauty to shine on through.  

Joseph Baiardo is the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board trustee for Ward 6. Columns from the Mountain’s trustees appear monthly on a rotating basis.

If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Catholic faith form foundation of schools

It’s more than just teaching religion; it’s about instilling faith, hope, optimism, empathy and confidence in our children

Opinion Apr 15, 2015 by Joseph Baiardo Hamilton Mountain News

What a thrill to serve as the Catholic school trustee for Ward 6. I am so grateful to the Catholic ratepayers for expressing their confidence in me to follow the late, great Fr. Kyran Kennedy.

This is my second time around as a trustee for our board.

I was honoured to be elected chair of our Religion, Family Life and Instructional Services Committee by my fellow trustees. This is an important committee that, I believe, is where the rubber hits the road, or in our board, where “Our faith meets our schools.”

Through the example of our beloved Pope Francis, we are called upon to live like Christ in what we say and what we do.  Our faith teaches us that where there is God, there is beauty, peace and harmony.  

The raising of our children is a journey he noted, all leading to a process of “letting go.”

I see this beauty in the students at the schools I represent:  St. Margaret Mary, St. Anthony Daniel, St. Kateri and Blessed Sacrament.

Their faith and beauty glows not only on their faces but in their work; their art, music and songs and with their parent volunteers they raise thousands of dollars for needy charities, totalling over 100, in our community.

Our children understand that helping those in need, and respecting one another is fundamental to living like Christ. They also understand that we are stewards of the world around us with each school involved in a “greening” project improving their school environment.

As I said during the election, it’s more than just teaching religion; it’s about instilling faith, hope, optimism, empathy and confidence in our children.

Recently, I attended a seminar given by Michael Reist at St. Margaret Mary School called Raising Emotionally Healthy Children.

Mr. Reist emphasized how fast these “early years” go, yet the foundation we give them will never leave them.

The raising of our children is a journey he noted, all leading to a process of “letting go.”

During the Lenten/Easter season, it struck me how this journey is so much like that of Christ’s. The joy we experience at their accomplishments, how we want to be there every time they fall or how heart-broken we feel when they leave.

Faith is like the water that bonds in the foundation; it is this foundation we continue to build in our Catholic schools.

Our faith is the strength that enables children to stand on their own and allows their beauty to shine on through.  

Joseph Baiardo is the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board trustee for Ward 6. Columns from the Mountain’s trustees appear monthly on a rotating basis.

If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.