The Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have issued a message entitled United in Prayer and Grateful for Catholic Schools to mark Catholic Education Sunday, which falls on November 3 this year.

"Everyone has a role to play in Catholic education and this includes each of us," the Bishops write. "Keep our Catholic schools in your prayers that God may lead them in faithfulness, wisdom and charity; get informed about the issues; and commit to the work of advocacy to sustain their future. We invite you to become a positive voice in this conversation. Your involvement will support the many parents who see religion and the Catholic faith as an integral value in the education and formation of their children."

This year the Bishops are also endorsing the initiative by GrACE (Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education) to organize a Prayer Novena: "Let us petition the Lord to direct our actions by His inspiration, and support them by His aid, that every prayer and work in our Catholic schools may begin with His grace and be completed in His service."

The nine days of prayer would begin on October 25, but as Archbishop Richard Smith says in his video message, "the prayer is one that could be, and should be, prayed all the time in support of Catholic education."

"Keep in mind also we have wonderful post-secondary Catholic institutions that are deserving of our support  ̶  Newman Theological College, St. Joseph's College on the campus of the University of Alberta, and St. Mary's University in Calgary," he says. "Let's work together to pray, to dialogue and to advocate for the wonderful gift of Catholic education."

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