Home, School, and Church Working Together

Home, School, and Church Working Together – OAPCE Brings the 3 Fundamental Pillars of the Community

A child’s upbringing and education should never be seen as separate aspects of their life. Instead, they should be interconnected and supported by a strong partnership between the home, school, and church. This collaboration forms the foundation for a holistic and enriching educational experience, and it’s precisely what the Ontario Association of Parents in Catholic Education (OAPCE) seeks to foster.

At OAPCE, we recognize that the values and teachings imparted at home are complemented by those learned at school and in the church community. We understand the importance of parents, educators, and clergy working together to provide a well-rounded education that nurtures a child’s spiritual growth, intellectual development, and character formation.

First and foremost, the home serves as the primary source of a child’s upbringing. It is within the family that values, beliefs, and traditions are passed down through generations. OAPCE believes that parents are their children’s first and most important educators. We support parents in their role by providing them with information, resources, and a platform to engage with other Catholic parents across Ontario.

Schools play a vital role in shaping a child’s academic and social development. It is within the school community that children gain knowledge and skills, form friendships, and engage in extracurricular activities. OAPCE recognizes the significance of a strong partnership between parents and schools. Through our advocacy work, we strive to ensure that parents’ voices are heard and that they have a seat at the table when decisions are made about their child and all aspects of their education.

The church community is the spiritual home for many families. It is a place where children grow in their faith, receive sacraments, and participate in religious activities. OAPCE acknowledges the integral role of the church in a child’s spiritual formation and works closely with church leaders to enhance and promote Catholic education in Ontario.

By bringing together the home, school, and church, OAPCE creates a collaborative environment that supports the growth and development of children. We believe that when these three fundamental pillars of the community work together, children thrive academically, spiritually, and personally.

Through our initiatives, OAPCE encourages dialogue and cooperation among parents, educators, and clergy. We continue to work with the Ministry of Education, discussing their initiatives and providing input, ensuring that parents’ perspectives are considered in shaping educational policies and practices. We also collaborate with education partners such as bishops, principals, trustees, and teachers to advocate for and promote the importance of Catholic education.

Furthermore, OAPCE offers opportunities for parents and families to come together through our many meetings and annual conferences. This conference provides a platform for keynote speakers, workshops, and faith celebrations that address various aspects of parenting, education, and supporting student achievement. It is a chance to connect with like-minded individuals, learn from experts in the field, and deepen one’s understanding of the importance of the home, school, and church partnership. 

At OAPCE, we firmly believe in the power of unity and collaboration. By bringing the home, school, and church together, we create a strong and supportive network for children to flourish and grow. We invite all parents and guardians of children in the publicly funded English Catholic System of Education in Ontario to join us in our mission to enhance and preserve Catholic education.

Together, let us strengthen the bond between home, school, and church and provide our children with an education that encompasses academic knowledge and spiritual growth, moral values, and a sense of community.

As we journey together to the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, we take this opportunity to recognize the importance of the Holy Family. Mary, Joseph, and Jesus serve as a model for all families; they were faithful to your call, obedient to your will, and selflessly giving to each other.  We are blessed with our own families.  Help us to follow the example of the Holy Family by showing our own families devotion and love. Help us to ensure that all that is sacred and right about parents guiding and nurturing their children is not only valued, but respected and taught in our Catholic Schools. 

Engage. Advocate. Enhance – be a part of this transformative partnership.


And let it penetrate your heart… 

Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief.

Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain.

Am I not here? Who is your Mother?

Are you not under my shadow and protection?

Am I not your fountain of life?

Are you not in the folds of my mantle?

In the crossing of my arms?

Is there anything else you need?

(Our Lady’s words to Juan Diego)

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