Important information especially for Catholic parents in Ottawa …

Teresa Pierre from the Parents as First Educators (PAFE) in Toronto will be giving talks in Ottawa the weekend of March 3-4.  The title of the talks is “Equity and Inclusion in Catholic Schools:  Maintaining Our Catholic Identity.”  Her talk is particularly relevant now, in light of Bill 13 (the Accepting Schools Act) which mandates Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs, and the problems the governments broader Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy poses for Catholic schools.
Saturday March 3
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Our Lady of the Visitation
5338 Bank Street South

Saturday March 3
7:30 – 9:00 PM
St. Maurice Parish
4 Perry Street at Meadowlands
(West of Merivale)

Sunday March 4
2:00 – 4:00 PM
St. Patrick’s Basilica
220 Kent Street
(Between Gloucester & Nepean)

Teresa Pierre’s group PAFE has an interesting Web site containing current information:  http://www.p-first.com
The PAFE site also contains links to media reaction to the Catholic Trustee document as well as other interesting and pertinent information.  See also Teresa Pierre’s interview with Michael Coren on the subject:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwS_Uq-KDIQ

The Catholic Trustee Document dealing with GSA clubs is excellent.  It is available at the Catholic Register website here:
http://www.catholicregister.org/images/stories/documents/RespectingDifferences.pdf

The following article from Catholic Insight describes how the document was written by special task force of the Catholic schools of Ontario, set-up in the spring of 2011, with Bishop Gerard Bergie of St. Catharines as Chairman.
http://catholicinsight.com/online/church/education/article_1214.shtml

Please consider helping to raise awareness for the talks by forwarding this email to other concerned Catholics, and by asking your parish priest to post the attached PDF flyer on your parish’s bulletin board or mention it in the parish bulletin.

Event flyer: OttawaLectureMarch