Teresa Zupancic, Elementary Technology & Digital Learning Consultant, and Andy Burns, Religion and Family Life Consultant, use the VLE to provide HWCDSB staff and students with an online space to unite in prayer and reflection, to explore the beauty of their faith and to encounter Christ through the creation of a Catholic community or sacred space within the VLE. HWCDSB’s online sacred space is used by staff and students to support their community of faith with daily scripture, weekly reflection and prayer activities as well as quotes from saints, religious leaders and models of faith.
During the liturgical seasons of Lent and Advent, Teresa and Andy use the VLE to enroll staff and students into an open course aimed to engage members of the HWCDSB community in daily scripture reflection, prayer and faithful acts, as well as provide them with teachings that align to the liturgical season. Andy and Teresa use the announcement feed to time release of daily posts, like an Advent calendar.
In the sixth year of HWCDSB’s Our Catholic Community, the feedback from staff and students has been positive and reflects regular use. Many classrooms begin the day with Our Catholic Community. Students are excited to reveal the daily posts in their classrooms. The goal of Our Catholic Community was to provide innovative and engaging Christ-centred experiences for all, and with students even accessing the site during the holidays, it is safe to say they are on their way to achieving that goal.