Blessed Sacrament Overview
At Blessed Sacrament School we show through our actions and words that we are a people of love. We are reminded by the words of St. Theresa of Calcutta that not all of us can do great things but we can all do small things with great love!
In our school you will not only find tangible signs of our pastoral theme on our bulletin boards and on our prayer tables but also in our interactions with students, staff and parents. Older students help younger students to learn and to play, we celebrate as a community in our Bible Celebration, Masses, Liturgies and Family Nights. We participate in initiatives to help those who are less fortunate. We live in the knowledge that “Christ has no body now but ours. No hands, no feet on earth but ours. Ours are the eyes through which He looks with compassion on this world. Ours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Ours are the hands through which He blesses all the world. Ours are the hands, ours are the feet, ours are the eyes, we are His body.”(Teresa of Ávila). In all things, we strive to reflect the love of God and leave others better for having known us.
HISTORY OF BLESSED SACRAMENT
On October 2, 1988 Blessed Sacrament School was officially opened. The school was built on a foundation of trust and co-operation between the Waterloo Region Roman Catholic Separate School Board and the City of Kitchener, Parks and Recreation Department. It is located in the Country Hills area of South-Western Kitchener and presently serves about 200 families and 279 children.
When Blessed Sacrament School was in the process of being named, the then Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, went to great lengths to ensure the school would be named after the parish. Blessed Sacrament is the term we use to denote the real presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. It is a profoundly beautiful title for our Lord. It is through the Blessed Sacrament that Jesus remains physically present to His people today. The Feast Day for the school and parish moves each year as it is the Feast of Corpus Christi or as it is more formally called, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord.
We are known as “The Blessed Sacrament Bears.” The name, “Bears” was chosen by the first grade 8 graduation class to represent our athletic teams. A parent-teacher design committee (Kent Bowyer, Jan Brenner, Greg Bulkiewski, Elizabeth Degutis, Steve Durrer, Mary Worden) worked on the final logo. The circular design signifies unity at our school. The polar bear (ursus maritumus) was chosen because it is native to Arctic Canada and its natural appearance represents one of our school colours. These bears have historically had a special place in men’s minds…a live polar bear was always considered a gift befitting royalty. This bear can be fierce, yet friendly and although it may appear awkward, it moves with grace and agility.
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School is part of a vibrant community that is focused on excellence in student achievement, the development of faith and a deep commitment to social justice. The dedication and passion of the parents, students and staff of Blessed Sacrament school has fostered a community that works collaboratively; trusting in each other and inspiring hope for a better tomorrow. Collectively, we have created an environment where it is safe to challenge and grow. A community where all stakeholders in education (parent, student and educator) have a voice that is heard. At Blessed Sacrament School we continue to work as Christ did to promote peace and justice by offering the gifts of love, empathy, passion, hope and dedication to the service of others. As members of Blessed Sacrament School we have been called in a special way to show how Christ continues to be physically present in the world today – We are God’s hands!