Safe & Caring Schools

CCSSA’s LIFE Framework “Living Inclusion Faithfully for Everyone”

       Catholic Schools share a foundational belief that all children are loved by God, are individually unique and that the school has a mission to help each student to fulfill their God-given potential in all aspects of their person: physically, academically, socially, morally and spiritually.

        Alberta’s Catholic school districts are responsible for creating a Catholic faith community, which provides education for all students within the Catholic tradition. The authenticity of each school’s faith community is determined by its adherence to the faith under the collective leadership of the teachers, administrators, clerical advisors, and all other adults within the school. It is the task of those individuals to integrate the faith into every program and aspect of their Catholic school.

  Parents and guardians, the primary educators of children, entrust their children to Catholic schools so that they may flourish and be pastorally nurtured as they learn the subjects in the Alberta curriculum. To provide guidance to the Catholic school faith community, in order that it may act in accord with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, Alberta’s Catholic Bishops have provided the Pastoral Guideline for the LIFE Framework in 2018 to support the faithfulness of the LIFE Framework. This Guideline provides an explanation in accordance with the episcopal teaching role described in Canon Law, Can. 806 §1, and is fundamental to the understanding and application of the LIFE Framework. The Pastoral Guideline consists of a thematic overview, followed by some practical and more specific guidance for the development of policy and administrative guidelines regarding the establishment of student-led organizations and activities in Catholic schools as well as information about discerning conflict resolution to further positive relationships between all partners in Catholic Education. 

“We teach; we share; we learn; we care. We grow in Christ, believing that together we can make a difference.” Alberta Public Catholic Education. © 2020 East Central Catholic Schools. All rights reserved.