The Word of God is Alive and Active

Whoever thinks that Word of God isn’t energizing has never attended the SCCS Grade 4 Bible Celebration! With 42 students and their families in attendance, it was truly spirit-filled.

On this special day, the Grade 4 students spent time with Nancy Wood at the St. Charles Retreat Center. Ms. Wood is a trainer for Good Shepherd Catechesis and a popular retreat master for the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. Together with the Grade 4 classes, she explored the various books of the Bible, the calligraphy associated with original handwritten Bibles, and several poignant Bible verses. Each of the students was tasked with creating a beautifully scripted and colored rendition of his/her favorite Bible verse.

By evening, the students were ready to share their excitement with their families. The service began with a procession, prayers, readings and songs. Fr. Peter Nemczek, Archdiocesan Vocations Director,  shared his personal experiences with the Bible and blessed all of the Bibles. The highlight of the evening came when each family stepped forward to bless their grade 4 student and present him/her with a personal Bible. Tears of happiness were seen on more than one face as children beamed while parents shared their own faith experiences in a tangible and very real way.


The evening ended with a reception hosted by the Grades 1-3 classes. In faith and in gratitude we belong to the SCCS community!

Our hearts and prayers

… go out to the Ugrin family on the passing of Albino. Edith, his wife, was our school librarian and archivist for over a decade. Several of his children are SCCS alumni.


Date of Passing: Aug 27, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Albino on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the age of 85 years. Left to mourn Albino are his loving wife, Edith, of 57 years of marriage; sons, Edward (Cathie) and Brian (Sandy); daughter, Patricia (Scott) Smith; six grandchildren, Heidi (Paul) Ouellette, Bryan (Meghan), Teo and Elio Ugrin, Thomas and Kasey Smith; great-grandson Henry Ouellette; as well as his sister-in-law Ines of Muggia, Italy; and many nieces, nephews and cousins in Italy and Slovenia. He was predeceased by his parents; his five brothers; five sisters, and grandson Lucas Ugrin. On April 1, 1931 Albino was born in San Querico di Pinguente, Italy, now Socerga, Slovenia. He was the youngest of 11 children born to Josef and Ana (nee Palcic) Ugrin. On July 11, 1954, Albino left Trieste, Italy and arrived in Canada on July 22. He met Edith in January 1957 while attending a dance and they were married in July 1959. While learning English, he worked at various jobs and at Canada Iron from 1958 to 1962. Albino attended trade school and became a Journeyman Bricklayer until 1967 at which time he changed jobs and worked as a custodian at Tuxedo Shaftesbury High School until retirement in 1991. Albino loved and enjoyed life. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his passion, only ahead of his keen interest in politics and world affairs. He cooked and danced very well and enjoyed both tremendously. Albino and Edith also travelled, sharing several journeys to various points in Europe and North America. He will always be remembered by his family and friends as a kind and gentle person. Albino lived a very full and long life. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 255 Stafford Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Joe Newman, S.J. presiding. The family wishes to thank Dr. K. Burkett and his team at St. Boniface Hospital for the care provided to Albino. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation, C1026-409 Taché Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2H 2A6, or a charity of your choice. Wojcik’s Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 03, 2016


SCCS Lost A Star

On September 5, 2016, Sr. Alice Arnal passed away.

img_2937 Sr Alice taught music  at SCCS for 22 years. A fine pianist, Sr. Alice was also a prolific composer, especially of sacred children’s hymns. Several of her works were included in the hymnal “Catholic Book of Worship I”.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Sr Alice came out of retirement to accompany the SCCS Violin Ambassadors for a series of community performances. She ignited the group with her enthusiasm and lively keyboard touches, and vibrant interpretations of the standard repertoire.

Sr Alice modeled the Oblate charism in all that she did and her unique mission to spread joy through music animated her to the end. Only a day before she passed, she treated her fellow residents at Misericordia Health Centre to an impromptu piano recital/ sing-along.

Eternal rest, grant unto her, O Lord. May she rest in peace. Amen.

ALICE ARNAL Lundi, le 5 septembre 2016, S. Alice Arnal fit son entrée à la maison du Père à l’âge de 91 ans. Elle était membre de la Congrégation des Missionnaires Oblates de Saint-Boniface depuis 68 ans. Alice naquit à Fannystelle, MB, le 8 avril 1925. Son père, Marcel Arnal, était natif de Hures, Loyère, France, et sa mère Bernadette Lalonde était originaire de Sainte-Justine, cté Vaudreuil, QC. Elle fut précédée dans la mort par ses parents, trois demi-soeurs, Jeanne (Joseph Dupras), Marguerite (Emile Syrenne) et Cécile (Aimé Dureault), cinq demi-frères, Paul (Etiennette), Marius, Gabriel, Auguste Arnal et Léon (Berthe, Jessie) Morisset. Elle laisse dans le deuil un frère et une belle-soeur, Emile et Doreen Arnal, leurs trois filles: Carole (Norbert Tanguay), Joanne (René Rivard), et Marina (Brian McCallum). Elle laisse aussi deux belles-soeurs, Marguerite et Marthe ainsi que plusieurs neveux et nièces et leurs familles. Les prières seront lundi, le 12 septembre 2016 à 10 h à la chapelle de Villa Aulneau, 601 rue Aulneau, Winnipeg, MB. Les funérailles seront célébrées à 13 h 30 au même endroit. L’abbé Léo Couture présidera la célébration. L’inhumation des cendres aura lieu au Cimetière Saint-Boniface, rue Archibald, mercredi, le 14 septembre 2016 à 11h00. La direction des funérailles est confiée au salon Mortuaire Cropo. Les Missionnaires Oblates de St-Boniface désirent remercier toutes les personnes qui lui ont procuré des bons soins à la Villa Aulneau et à Misericordia Health Centre. Si vous le désirez, vous pouvez faire un don en mémoire de Soeur Alice Arnal à Les oeuvres des Missionnaires Oblates de St-Boniface, Unité 111-420 rue DesMeurons, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2H 2N9. SISTER ALICE ARNAL Sister Alice Arnal passed away at Misericordia Health Centre in Winnipeg, on Monday, September 5, 2016 at the age of 91. She was a member of the religious Congregation of the Missionary Oblate Sisters of St. Boniface for 68 years. Sister Alice was born in Fannystelle, MB, on April 8, 1925. Her father, Marcel Arnal, was born in Hures, Loyère, France, and her mother, Bernadette Lalonde, originated from Sainte-Justine, cté Vaudreuil, QC. She was predeceased by her parents, three stepsisters, Jeanne (Joseph Dupras), Marguerite (Emile Syrenne) and Cécile (Aimé Dureault), five stepbrothers, Paul (Etiennette), Marius, Gabriel, Auguste Arnal and Léon (Berthe, Jessie) Morisset. She leaves to mourn her passing the members of her religious congregation, one brother and sister-in-law, Emile and Doreen Arnal, their three daughters, Carole (Norbert Tanguay), Joanne (René Rivard), and Marina (Brian McCallum). She also leaves two sisters-in-law, Marguerite and Marthe as well as numerous nephews and nieces and their families. Prayers are on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel at Villa Aulneau, 601 Aulneau, Winnipeg, MB. Funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the same address. Father Léo Couture will preside the celebration. Interment of the ashes will take place on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Boniface Cemetery on Archibald Street. The Missionary Oblate Sisters of St. Boniface express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Misericordia Health Centre and Villa Aulneau for their care and compassion. Donations in memory of Sister Alice Arnal may be sent to Les Oeuvres des Missionnaires Oblates de St-Boniface, Unit 111-420 DesMeurons St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2H 2N9. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-586-8044

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 10, 2016


Auntie Alice had a passion for music. Showing promise as a young child, her parents bought her a piano to help develop her talent. Perhaps they would have loved for her to have studied music abroad but her heavenly father had different plans for her. As a nun, she now had many sisters and her brother and sister-in-law, Mom and Dad, would share us kids with her. She was our family and we were hers, as she wrote in her obituary.

As her nieces, I am sure she felt a responsibility to educate and guide us, particularly in the areas of music and religion. She taught us piano lessons each Saturday afternoon at St. Charles Academy where we would visit with our grandma. She attended every sacrament and milestone in our family adding her personal prayers at grace and even guided us in our wedding preparations always providing the music.

Our aunt was a force to be reckoned with. She had a way of looking at the situation objectively. There was no time for sadness or regret. She saw what needed to be done and devised a plan to accomplish it. That was Auntie Alice. She was always helping others.

Music was a focus in her vocation. Beginning as a music teacher, she led choirs at school and in the church community. Her role expanded to include work with the Winnipeg Diocese and was a contributing member of the first CBW, Catholic Book of Worship for Canada. Even as a senior, she embraced technology and saw how it could serve her in her music ministry. The result was a coil-bound book of children’s songs that she composed on her computer.

Indeed, it can’t be said enough that music was her gift to share but was also her device to communicate with others and manage her world. Through her teaching, she inspired many and their interest and accomplishments were her greatest reward.  Our holiday gatherings always included Auntie Alice’s accounts of the sweet voices, the new musicians and instruments added to the celebration, and the participation and contribution of so many.

Auntie Alice had few worldly possessions but one was that piano. Knowing our children were expressing an interest in music and taking lessons, she called one day to ask if we would take her piano. It was a generous offer, once again showing her attention to need and how she could help. It sits in our home and continues to “sing” on a regular basis.

Even out of province, Auntie Alice would periodically call us to say hello and to inquire about the kids. That was her way. She knew the importance of family and took it upon herself to keep in touch with family, both east and west, sharing the news from home.

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Biodata of Pooja

pooja-rakhraI have a Master of Science (MSc.) degree and Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Education with a major in Special Education.

I am a teacher, wife and mother of two children, a 9 year and 7 year old. I personally believe that every child has tremendous potential. As a teacher, parent and guardian, my goal is to nurture these tiny blooms into big flowers to make our world more beautiful.

Today’s advanced education provides plenty of opportunities in different areas of science, technology, arts, and other fields. However, excellence in any of these external ventures first demands self-discipline.

As a resource teacher at St. Charles Catholic School, my main goal is to teach students about the resources, strategies, values, and beliefs which will help them to achieve their own great destinies by first understanding and mastering their inner-selves. I want to see my students as visionaries, explorers, adventurers and innovators who consistently try and achieve their day to day as well as lifetime goals toward a fulfilling life.

It’s Never Too Soon …

Parents often wonder when to start researching schools. We believe it can’t start soon enough!


Things to look for in a great school:

  • A warm, welcoming environment animated by respect, dignity, kindness and commitment
  • Rigorous academic programs that encourage students to reach their potential
  • A holistic approach to education, where a child’s faith, heart, mind and physical well-being are consciously addressed on a consistent basis
  • A sense of community, where everyone knows everyone and where each person actively contributes to creating a sense of unity

To arrange a tour of SCCS, please contact the school office at any time during the year.

Great Leaders

Listen and are Prepared!

Middle Years Meeting

Each year, the students in Grades 6-8 gather on the first day of school with all of their teachers. Thank you, to Mrs. Narynski,  our Vice-Principal, for leading the event which included discussing the proper use of technology, especially iPads, the leadership role that Middle Years’ students have in the school community and reminders about the importance of always doing your best work.


You’re Off to Great Places


MY First Day of Kindergarten

“Firsts” are so important! And, when that first is the first day of school, it’s a very special day. Our Kindergarten classes, under the direction of Ms. Laufer and Ms. Retalis, have begun their staggered start, with full classes set to begin in a week.

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