Resurrection Catholic Secondary School 

Leadership Team Report

As we continue to await the coming of Jesus and look forward to the opportunity to gather with our own families, we also take this occasion to thank our entire community for a wonderful first few months at Resurrection Catholic Secondary School.  We have recently celebrated our Advent masses with our entire community as we complete our first year of our Pastoral Plan, “Called to Belong”.  The students are now heading into their final month of the first semester and before you know it we will be heading into final evaluations.  Outside the classroom our school is fortunate to have a phenomenal Student Activities Council (SAC) that provide our students with numerous engaging and fun activities that continue to elevate the spirit of our community.  This coming week in particular we will continue with all the Christmas festivities planned.


The co-curricular opportunities over the fall were highlighted by our amazing production of the Little Mermaid.  This musical was lead by our amazing staff and we would like to thank Ms. Damaren, Ms. Bencina, Ms. Lamont, Ms. McCullough, Mr. Brenner, Ms. Heldman and Ms. Austin for the tremendous amount of time and energy they invested into our students.  We have also recently celebrated our Art and Technology students with our Live Art as well as our Christmas Concert.  Our Service-Learning Students provided a wonderful evening for our community with our Taste of Kenya Night. Our winter season of athletics is in full swing and we thank all of our coaches for volunteering their time to provide these amazing opportunities for our student-athletes.  Resurrection will be hosting the Christmas Party for the Active and Community Living Program this week for students from across the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.  The highlight still to come is our Christmas Assembly and our students have been preparing for the last few weeks.  At this point we are anticipating another wonderful show!


Finally, we have been preparing ourselves during this advent season for the coming of Emmanuel.  Our community has generously donated numerous gifts to our Christmas Hamper Campaign and our own staff will be celebrating Christmas with a social that involves raising funds for our Phoenix Fund which assists our own students in need.


And it came to pass, when the angels had departed from them into heaven, that the shepherds were saying to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”  So they went in haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger.  Luke 2: 15-16


We would like to wish each of you and your families the joy and happiness of the Christmas Season.


Peace and Blessings!!!


Leisha, Patrick and Chris

Resurrection CSS Leadership Team



Join us for Christmas at St Michael Parish


A Christmas Invite for You – Click Link


Christmas is a time of year that brings many people home to be with their families and loved ones. I wish to offer a joyful welcome to each and every person who participates in the Masses during the Christmas season. I extend a special welcome to College and University students who are home for the holidays, to former parishioners who are returning for a friendly visit, to all out-of-town guests and relatives of parishioners, and to those who perhaps are making a return to the practice of their faith.


I sincerely pray that your experience of the parish family of St. Michael Parish may lead you to feel welcome and at home.


Together in the Lord’s Service.


Father F. Freitas, Pastor




Christmas Eve: Tuesday, December 24th

4:30 p.m. – Family Mass with Pageant & Choir

7:00 p.m. – Family Mass with Cantor

10:00pm – Solemn Mass of Christmas – with Traditional Choir

(Carols begin at 9:30 p.m.) (Incense will be used at this Mass)


Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25th

9:00 a.m. – Mass of Christmas Day

11:00 a.m. – Mass of Christmas Day


Feast of the Holy Family 

Saturday December 28, 2019- 5:00pm –

Sunday, December 29, 2019-9:00am and 11:00am (there is no 7:00pm Mass)


Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

December 31, 2019 – Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

January 1, 2020 at 10:00 am


Feast of the Epiphany

Saturday, January 4, 2020 – 5:00pm

Sunday, January 5, 2020 – 9:00am, 11:00am, 7:00pm



Service Learning Course to Kenya 2020

The Service Learning students have successfully completed their three major fundraising events for the course. The culminating event “A Taste of Kenya” was an exceptional celebration of traditional cuisine, Kenyan Culture and community building.  Thank you to our guests from Kenya; Pastor Julius, Martin and Margaret and our guests from Monsignor Doyle CSS; Grace Mchaina and Anne Denomme for making our night so memorable.


The students have worked diligently to fundraise and prepare for their trip to Kenya this April. This coming semester they will be taking an in-depth and hands on approach to social justice issues in our global and local communities. Please keep these students and staff in your thoughts and prayers through this journey. Donations in support of these students are still accepted and welcomed! Please contact Laureen Damaren or Ben Brenner for more information.




IAL Program Update

Buon giorno tutti! We’ve been quite busy in our IAL community! We are currently wrapping up UNIT TWO – Called to Healthy Relationships. We’ve welcomed Paul from the SASC (Sexual Assault Support Centre) who led the students through a “Continuum of Harm” activity, that allowed the students to make connections between the impact of media on self-esteem, decision-making and healthy/unhealthy relationships. We then viewed “Killing Us Softly 4″ by MEF (Media Education Foundation) Documentary and completed reflection questions in order to fully process this content. A Healthy Relationships guided summative essay is being completed, as a way to prepare for the upcoming Literacy Test in March 2020.


Suzanne Smart and Michael Leonard, Innovation Consultants with WCDSB, led the students in a workshop one afternoon. Students were signed them out of their period 4 classes, so they could receive instruction on how to use:  Flipgrid, Mindomo and VR/AR with Google Expeditions.


  1. Several partnerships with schools in Italy are being established that will provide all students with the opportunity to become acquainted – practicing Italian and English. All students will post video clips to our collective Flipgrid account.
  2. Mindomo mapping strategies will be used to effectively gather research on a variety of topics in order to prepare for their culminating.
  3. The goal with VR is to collectively create a video to highlight “A Day in the Life of a REZ Student” (“Un Giorno A REZ”) and share with our partners in Italy. Then the students will individually use this technology while we travel in Italy in March 2020. This will be incorporated into their culminating and ultimately be shared with our REZ community towards end of year.

To wrap up this unit, a “Mia Famiglia” summative will include creating a game/activity (K/U), “Mio Albero Genealogico (using Mindomo; T/I), record a description of their Family Tree using Flipgrid (COMM) and apply a study of 1 Corinthians 13 (both in English & Italian) to their relationships (APP). A continuing reflection of the 6 Global Competencies will round out this summative (APP).


Before heading home for Christmas Break, we will welcome Father Toby and Rianne from St. Mary’s Catholic Church. They will share what they’ve begun as a way to meet the growing needs of people experiencing homelessness in our community. Our hope is to create a partnership so that the IAL students can become more involved with this Out of the Cold project. 


With regards to fundraising for our trip, Vincenzo’s has prepared 2 mock ups of baskets suitable for Gift-giving: an Italian dessert one (valued at $20) and an Italian dinner one (valued at $30). Cash online details can be found on REZ’s website. FINAL date to place orders is Mon Dec 16th. Pick up details will be posted on REZ website…stay tuned!


Natale in Italia details are being shared daily with our REZ famiglia, as part of the morning announcements. Auguriamo a TUTTI un Buon e Santo Natale 💛




Technology Updates

Congratulations to Sarah Y who was selected for a very prestigious opportunity with the IBEW Electrical Union.  She was offered an electrical apprenticeship upon graduation and it is an opportunity offered very few students not only in the school but also in the Board. Great job Sarah!



New Course Offering: “Religion through Technology” HRE 2OT



Course Description:

This technology section of the course challenges the students to personalize the Gospel values and social justice principles that guide Catholics in understanding their role in shaping culture as disciples of Jesus both in their physical and digital relationships.


Through the use of technology students will explore such foundational topics as: what it means to be human, created in God’s image, what is culture, Christ and culture, living together in solidarity, social justice, prayer and sacrament, friendship and intimacy. Connections between the living Church and contemporary culture are explored in terms of what it means to be a responsible Christian adolescent in a technology driven secularized, pluralistic world.


Cosmetology Update



Please click here for information on a brand new offering for grade 9 technology  as well as other important cosmetology information.



What’s Happening in the Arts


Drama: Our grade 11/12 drama/production class has been working on producing the one act play “The Brothers Grimm Spectacularthon”. They will bring their work to the stage when we return to classes in January 2020.  Look for this fun parody of all our well-known Fairy Tales!


Dance: Our dance classes have enjoyed classes with our guest teacher Amanda!  Amanda studied dance at Simon Fraser University and performed with the hiphop company two-four-seven.  Her enthusiasm, creativity and passion for dance inspired our grade 9-12 dancers! Thank you, Amanda!


The grade 9 dance class, hosted 90 students from St. John’s Elementary school taking them through the creative process to develop a collaborative piece of choreography to the “Cup Song”.  It was a fun and exciting day of sharing and learning!



Art Club

Art Club runs from Monday to Thursday at lunch in rooms 105 and 107. This quiet space is designed for students to come and de-stress. It is a place where students can eat their lunch, work quietly on a current art project, sketch in a sketchbook or do homework. Art Club is open to all students. See Ms. Erickson or Ms. Carey for more info.

Live Art

On Thursday December 5th over 80 students from Cosmo, Visual Art and Stage Tech brought the Forum to life with their artistic talent – artists worked “live” creating nail art, special effects make-up, up-do’s, drawings, paintings, Christmas crafts, miniatures and digital art along with cool sound and light magic!  Want to get involved next time?  

Live Art happens again in April. See Ms. Erickson, Mr. Brenner or Ms. Heldman for more details.


Live Art Evening 

This year we hosted our first Live Art in the evening for parents, friends and family members to come and watch our artists work live just like our lunch event. As part of our special evening we showcased artwork by students in grades 9 to 12.  We invited 3 local artists to work among our students; Sonia Nadeau an award winning book illustrator, Carrie Wagner, a painter and parent of 2 Rez students and Joy Ross, a mixed media artist. What a special treat! If you missed it – we will host again in the evening next December 2020.



Resurrection’s Annual Christmas Cards

Each year the Grade 12 Visual Art class takes on the challenge of designing our annual Christmas cards. The designs were paintings done in acrylic. Five designs were selected this year: 

(Top row L-R)  Alexandra Maurice, Ryne Ertel, (Second row) Veronica Palczewski, Jasmine Reimer, Arim Yoo.


The Little Mermaid

Congratulations to all of our students and staff that were involved in our incredible production of The Little Mermaid!  Our show included music, dance, drama, photography, visual art and tech crew! It was an incredible display of talent, hard work and passion for the Arts!



Upcoming Arts Dates:

January 16th Dance Showcase

April 16th Spring Concert

April 24th Live Art at lunch