How fast are Catholic baptism numbers declining? #catholic #ocsb #onted #onpoli

Here is a very vibrant with a GREAT priest and 7 deacons and over 3000 families.

Over the last 3 years, they have only baptized 80 kids annually.

 

It has 7 elementary schools and 2 high schools of the OCSB connected to it.

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Let’s look at their annual report:

http://divineinfant.on.ca/docs/2018AnnualReport.pdf

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Analysis:

a) the 7 year olds who were baptized 7 years ago number 200. But for the last 3years, baptisms are about 40% that rate. For confirmation, there were 140 – how many were baptized 12 years ago?? If 200, then there is large attrition. If if was 140 baptized, then we still have a huge drop in baptisms.

b) If only 20% of the babies baptized this year become active Catholic adults (optimistic), then we have a parish with 3000 families (over 10,000 people) having 16 new parishioners per year in 2040.

c) with 7 elementary schools in this parish area, we researched how many kids are in Grade 2 (1st communion year) vs how many received 1st communion? In 2019, there were 14 classes x 20 (conservative) for 280 kids. So about 30% are not Catholic, or are Catholic and did not receive the 2nd sacrament of initiation. This 30% number is actually lower than other areas (eg. St Anthony’s School in Ottawa has a majority non-Catholic kids)

The OCSB has “solved” their enrolllment problem by allowing kids with NO connection to the Catholic faith (even a step-parent’s baptism card stuffed in the attic) into schools with “space availability”. Currently, 100% of OCSB elementary schools have “space availability”. There is no way 80 baptized kids can fill 14 Grade Two classrooms in seven years time in 7 schools!

Conclusion:

With the seeming demographic collapse in even strong vibrant parishes, what will the Archdiocese look like in 2030 or 2040?

How long before the province notices that “catholic” elementary schools only have 30% nominally Catholic kids? 2030? before?

 

 

 

Related

https://catholicintelligenceblog.wordpress.com/2019/04/25/catholic-demographic-collapse-onted-onpoli-oecta-ocsb-tcdsb/

https://catholicintelligenceblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/how-catholic-are-ocsb-elementary-schools/

 

 

 

 

The farce of “french” schools in #Ontario. #onted #onpoli #ottnews #ottcity #ottawa #toronto

Some French folks have finally had enough. 45% of kids enrolled in French schools are not even French!! Some dont speak a word of French! 4 separate boards competing for largely the same students!

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontario-french-school-boards-face-potential-constitutional-challenge/

French school boards in Ontario are guaranteed by Section 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which grants anglophone and francophone minority communities access to public education, where numbers warrant.

That right is limited to Canadians whose mother tongue is of their province’s linguistic minority, or who received their elementary schooling in that language. However, Ontario allows non-rights holders to register in French schools if they are approved by an admission committee.

According to Education Ministry data, 45.3 per cent of students enrolled at schools in Ontario’s French boards in 2017-18 didn’t have French as their first language.

It was 34.8 per cent in 2010-2011 and has inched up every year.

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If almost 50% are not french, how can the admissions committee be implementing this guideline correctly?

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/extra/eng/ppm/148.html

 

There are few immigrants from french countries that come to ontario compared to quebec..

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/89-641-x/2010001/chap1-eng.htm

TDSB School choice lit review

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Here is a high school for 800 kids in Stittsville. In order to compete, it now has a football dome. Kanata/Stittsville is only 6% French. 22% have non English/French mother tongue!

https://catholicintelligenceblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/the-farce-of-a-french-catholic-school-in-stittsville-onted-onpoli-catholicedweek-ottnews/

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Desmarais is lower left in Stittsville. Another “French” “Catholic” high school is in Bells Corners

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meanwhile, on the “french” “public side”, there is a French public high school in Kanata:

https://cepeo.on.ca/etablissements/secondaires/ottawa/maurice-lapointe/

 

The busing costs alone to all these “French” schools is amazing! 4 separate administrations, 4 separate Directors of Education (making $250K each)

 

 

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Related:

https://catholicintelligenceblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/ottawa-schooling-situation-ottnews-ocsb-ocsdb-onted-onpoli/

https://catholicintelligenceblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/04/french-immersion-in-ottawa-ocdsb-onted-ottnews-onpoli-ottcity/

 

https://catholicintelligenceblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/how-catholic-are-ocsb-elementary-schools/

https://shadqadri.com/2018/01/26/future-school-sites-in-stittsville/

 

Read about Trilles des Bois, CEPEO Ottawa:

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More reasons why the Ontario school system is a disaster. #ottnews #onpoli #onted #toronto #tdsb #ocsb

Why are so many high school grads in Ontario illiterate ??

You can get a high school credit for a ski trip to BC!!

Background:

https://catholicintelligenceblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/98-of-humber-college-students-dont-know-canada-has-a-senate-educationdisaster-onted-onpoli-ottnews/

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Minimal course work and a trip for a credit!!

https://www.edutravelforcredit.com/

https://www.edutravelforcredit.com/program/ski-bc/

Minimal course work

 

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Interesting twitter feed from a London Catholic board teacher on a trip with kids to Ottawa, Montréal and NYC:

 

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Expect Teacher WorkToRule and/or strikes this fall! #ocsb #ottnews #tcdsb #onted #onpoli

The Catholic Education Foundation of Ontario is already planning on it!! Parents should too!!  (homeschool, independent schools, etc)

It will be a terrible 2 or 3 years as teachers figuratively take children hostage for the union demands.

 

https://cefontario.ca/board-of-directors/

 

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Famous #OCSB grad promoting Gay Pride etc. #catholic.

2016: Gets Principal’s award, valedictorinan,  from Ottawa Barrhaven St Joseph’s

2017: huge video announcement that she is “bisexual”

2019: organizes Barrhaven Pride parade. Get covered by UK papers etc. Full time Youtuber

1.6 million YouTube subscribers, 700,000 Instagram followers, and 460,000 Twitter followers. 
Organized a “Pride Parade” in Barrhaven last month
proudly “bixexual”

 

Isn’t it sad how this OCSB grad can’t use her fame to promote the Catholic faith and our loving wonderful teachings on sexuality etc?

 

 

 

2016:

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Below is her barrhaven pride parade with tonsmof St Joes students:

Related:

https://catholicintelligenceblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/peel-catholic-school-boards-most-famous-grad-is-trans-revlon-modbel-catholic-ocsb-oecta/.

 

https://catholicintelligenceblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/peel-catholic-grad-is-pride-grand-marshall-archtoronto-tcdsb/

 

https://catholicintelligenceblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/tcdsb-boy-wearing-makeup-just-in-time-for-cathedweek-oecta-catholicteachers-archtoronto/

More on #Kingston #catholic archdiocese. @archtoronto @alcdsb

Very interesting to see the new update to the Archdiocese of Kingston website under new Archbishop Mulhall.

https://romancatholic.kingston.on.ca/

You will remember how Mulhall hung the Picton priest out to dry for posting an anti-Gay Pride in his bulletin.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/priest-who-told-christians-to-avoid-lgbt-pride-events-stands-by-message-despite-severe-backlash

Perhaps, the whole disagreement is that the Priest should have done the same message only in a homily with more background and context as parishioners are so poorly catechized. If so, the Archbishop should clarify this with the local “catholic” school board and local Catholic faithful.

Here is the new link prominently displayed on the main website:

http://acbo.on.ca/downloads/the-human-person-love-and-sexuality/

(the website seems to be up and down a bit, but trust us, this is the new homepage)

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Some pertinent quotes from The Human Person, Love and Sexuality:

 

Understanding gender as a mere social construct, thus, proves deeply incomplete and dissatisfying. It is imprecise and misleading, and does not express accurately how the various dimensions of the human person are integrated in the work of human growth. In a Catholic vision of the person, sexual and gender expression is deeply connected to the meaning of the human body – for we are inherently a union of body, mind, and spirit.

 

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As the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith firmly and rightly notes: “Departure from the Church’s teaching, or silence about it, in an effort to provide pastoral care is neither caring nor pastoral.” Continuing, the Letter
acknowledges the fundamental importance of this guiding vision: “Only what is true can ultimately be pastoral.” In essence, these are but the words of Christ himself, who said: “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).

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And so we make this appeal to all involved in the education and pastoral care of students navigating questions of sexual identity: know and strive to understand the vision of the human person and sexuality taught by the Church. Understand how it is that the Catholic faith always offers a welcome acceptance to persons – an unconditional “yes” – even as the vision and promise says “no” to certain actions and behaviours. This is the way of Jesus Christ. This is the way of all human growth and formation. Always remember that it is the conviction of the Catholic faith and the lived experiences of countless Christians both throughout history and living today that this vision, though demanding, is the path that leads to abundant life and joy, that alone responds to the deepest longings of the human heart. Teaching the whole truth, however, does not mean indiscriminately presenting information with no concern for how the message is communicated, in what order and quantity, and at what time. This is not the way of human formation, pedagogy, or the model given by Christ himself. Christ’s encounter with the Woman at the Well in John 4 offers us something of a model. Beginning from a simple interaction and conversation, Jesus gradually speaks to her of God, and then of grace, only finally indicating the moral dimensions of her life, which she is then able to see in light of her encounter with Christ. The skill and discernment of educators and those who provide pastoral care is to know how to gradually unfold the Church’s vision of life and love to individuals in their concrete circumstances. To meet them in whatever circumstances they find themselves and then lead them toward Christ’s vision of the
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Terminology: Finding an Appropriate Language for Speaking of Sexual Identity

As we have acknowledged, questions of sexual identity require serious reflection. They touch closely the meaning and expression of human love, which lies at the core of human life. This need for serious reflection is true even for questions of terminology. The Catholic faith sees all human beings as persons whose fundamental identity lies in God – our Creator. Today, the Church provides a badly needed context for the care of the human person when she refuses to consider the person as a “heterosexual” or a “homosexual” and insists that every person has a fundamental identity: the creature of God, and by grace, his child and heir to eternal life.
This passage could also be applied to gender terminology such as transgender and cisgender. In her pastoral care, the Church encounters people – individuals – not labels and categories. Individuals are more complex than labels can reflect. This is always true, and is even more acutely true in the period of adolescence. As the bishops of Canada recently expressed: The terms “gay” and “lesbian” are not used to define people in the Church’s official teachings and documents. Although these words are common terms in current speech, and many people use them to describe themselves, they do not describe persons with the fullness and richness that the Church recognizes and respects in every man or woman. Instead, “gay” and “lesbian” are often cultural definitions for people and movements that have accepted homosexual acts and behaviours as morally good.
Ultimately, we speak of persons experiencing a same-sex attraction, or persons who are navigating questions of gender or sexual identity. In the developmental stage of adolescence in particular, these experiences may be episodic or transient. They may also persist past adolescence. Speaking of “sexual orientation” or founding a person’s identity in labels such as transgender in the adolescent stage of development is therefore particularly problematic and should be avoided. Not only does it fail to reflect the possibility of episodic or transient same-sex feelings or gender confusion that can accompany this period of human development, but, more generally, it tends, in a manner similar to all labels and categories, to reduce the human person to one exclusive characteristic.

 

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For those involved in pastoral care, however, it is important to have access to reliable information about the general affective and psychological
development and maturing of the human person through the adolescent stage, as well as the characteristics of same-sex attraction and gender dysphoria and their development in adolescence. One should be attentive that not all materials in this area will consider the human person from the holistic and unified perspective of the Catholic faith. Seeking out professionals in the field of psychology, sociology, and social work who are guided by a Christian vision of the person and sexuality can help one integrate this information into the broader vision of the faith.

 

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As we have noted, the path of gradual growth always and of necessity requires first a decisive break with sin. For sin, by its very nature, is an act that turns us away from the path to God. In the pastoral care of students experiencing same-sex attractions, we must be clear that acting on such attractions, engaging in sexual activity, pornography, and masturbation are never acceptable actions.

 

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Ensure that professional counsellors or psychologists who see young people are distinguished by their sound human and spiritual maturity. They must be committed to the Christian vision of the human person and sexuality, as well as the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and chastity

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In contrast, here is the blog post of the ALCDSB chair. He quotes James Martin and cherry-picks Church documents to the extreme. You can see how he left out important quotes like the ones from above!! For example: As the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith firmly and rightly notes: “Departure from the Church’s teaching, or silence about it, in an effort to provide pastoral care is neither caring nor pastoral.

Such cherry-picking is evil and should be called out.

 

 

2020 #OCSB budget released – lots of gravy. #ottnews #onted #ottawa #ottcity

Finance and budget information

Lots of $$ still for marketing and advertising and “communications”. It is believed that OCSB has highest non-Catholic elementary population of any Catholic school board in Ontario as they market heavily to them.

Still almost $90K to rent Shaw Centre for a half day of fun for teachers before Thansgiving long weekend. “Christian Community day”

$59K more for extracurricular. Still full funding for “dance showcases”.

Govt grants are UP in almost every area.

I urge you to look at the budget supplementals. Tons of teacher “release time” (ie. Call in supply teachers) for things like dance showcase etc etc

Province funded $13M in teacher job protection.

OCSB refused to publicly release this budget until AFTER they voted on it. Most secretive board in Ontario??

Remember all the increases in the budget when you see all the teachers striking and work to rule in September!!

 

 

 

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